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Lost in a Harem (1944)

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

Director:

Charles Reisner (as Charles Riesner)

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Were You Ever In a Harem? WOW! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Night in a Harem See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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Peter Johnson: [after picking Harvey's pith helmet up from the floor, and admonishing the Derelict:] These things cost money. Be careful how you handle 'em!
[Peter then tosses the helmet aside, bouncing it off of Harvey's head, stunning him]
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Soundtracks

John Silver
(1944) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Ray Krise and Jimmy Dorsey
Arranged by Sonny Burke
Played and sung by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra as a production number
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Boy Are You in Trouble, Prince
25 May 2004 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

John Conte is the renegade Prince in hiding with his desert tribesmen, with both a yen for Marilyn Maxwell and an interest in getting back the throne that his Uncle, Douglass Dumbrille, has stolen from him. The first I can understand, but who does he get to aid him in his second objective. Marilyn, stranded showgirl in the desert, and her sidekicks Abbott and Costello. If you're willing to suspend reality and believe' that anyone looking to pull off a coup d'etat is looking for help from Abbott and Costello, well then sit back and enjoy the fun.

I have to say that the boys are up to their usual monkeyshines and Marilyn Maxwell is inclined to make any self-respecting prince drool, but the real treat is Douglass Dumbrille. Dumbrille was a fine character actor who usually played smooth villains. He's probably best remembered for being the lawyer trying to cheat Gary Cooper out of his inheritance in Mister Deeds Goes To Town. However there are moments went Dumbrille shows a nice sense of comic timing and plays a very good straight man for Costello. Hypnosis is one of the tricks in Dumbrille's bag and he hypnotizes the boys, Marilyn Maxwell, and even the whole Jimmy Dorsey band. I guess they like swing music on the desert.

Dumbrille played a similar function in The Big Store with the Marx Brothers. He gets right into the clowning with them also.

There's a woman who plays one of Dumbrille's hare girls who looks a lot like Rosie O'Donnell. Naturally at one point the plot calls for Costello to get into drag and disguise himself as her to fool Dumbrille.

Good, funny, Abbott and Costello nonsense. Easily the best of the films they did on that MGM loan out from Universal.


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