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Lost in a Harem (1944)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Romance | December 1944 (USA)
Two bumbling magicians help a Middle Eastern prince regain his rightful throne from his despotic uncle.


Charles Reisner (as Charles Riesner)


Harry Ruskin (screen play), John Grant (screen play) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Peter Johnson
Lou Costello ... Harvey Garvey
Marilyn Maxwell ... Hazel Moon
John Conte John Conte ... Prince Ramo
Douglass Dumbrille ... Nimativ
Lottie Harrison Lottie Harrison ... Teema
Lock Martin Lock Martin ... Bobo (as J. Lockard Martin)
Murray Leonard Murray Leonard ... The Derelict
Adia Kuznetzoff Adia Kuznetzoff ... Chief Ghamu
Milton Parsons ... Crystal Gazer
Ralph Sanford ... Mr. Ormulu
Jimmy Dorsey ... Jimmy Dorsey
Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra ... Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra


Pete Johnson and Harvey D. Garvey, two inept magicians on tour in the Middle Eastern kingdom of Barabeeha, help disenfranchised young Prince Ramo regain his throne from his devious Uncle Nimativ, who uses two magical hypnotic rings and ruthless methods to maintain his power. By posing as Hollywood talent scouts the boys break out of a dank dungeon with a deranged derelict, evade palace guards, elude the palace executioner, and avoid detection in the forbidden royal harem. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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ALLAH BE PRAISED...for the most hilarious comedy ever! (print ad - Lubbock Avalanche Journal - Broadway Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - April 8, 1945) See more »


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Two songs were written for the movie but not used: "I Know It's Wrong" by Gene de Paul and Don Raye and "It is Written" by Sammy Fain and Ralph Freed. "Noche De Ronda" written in 1935 by Maria Teresa Lara was recorded but cut from the final release version. See more »


The camels which are used transport Hazel and the boys to the Arab camp look like bactrian camels which are native to central Asia. They should be dromedaries which are native to the middle east. See more »


The Derelict: Quiet! People will think you're crazy.
Harvey Garvey: Oh, and I suppose you're all right?
The Derelict: Of course!
Harvey Garvey: Of course?
The Derelict: I have a brother who is crazy -
The Derelict: but I'm all right!
Harvey Garvey: [gasping] Who told you?
The Derelict: My brother!
Harvey Garvey: That does it, brother!
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Featured in Twenty Years After (1944) See more »


Sons of the Desert
(1944) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Sammy Fain and Ralph Freed
Sung by Adia Kuznetzoff and other followers of Prince Ramo
Advisor Kay Thompson
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6 April 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

The second of three films Bud and Lou did for MGM is an improvement over the first, Rio Rita. The plot, such that it matters, has the boys in the Middle East with singer Marilyn Maxwell trying to help a prince regain his throne from his evil uncle (Douglas Dumbrille). Marilyn provides the pretty. Dumbrille is a good heavy. Some nice music from Jimmy Dorsey and his orchestra. Far better than the opera-y stuff from Rio Rita and less obtrusive. The comedy is also better in this one. Although, like the other two MGM films A&C did, some of the best laughs come from other actors NOT Bud and Lou. One of the funnier bits in this one is an old vaudeville routine called "Slowly I Turned" that many of you will probably remember from a famous I Love Lucy episode. Despite being familiar with the bit, I still thought it was pretty funny and performed well in the film by Murray Leonard. It's not the best Abbott and Costello movie but it is enjoyable. If you're new to their work, you'll probably like it a lot more.

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December 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Night in a Harem See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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