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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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A Show That Chases the Blues From Start to Finish! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harem Scare 'Em See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was banned in Morocco and had to be edited before it could be shown in Syria. 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 »

Quotes

Peter Johnson: You love her?
[laughs derisively]
Peter Johnson: Oh, come on, you wouldn't get to first base with a beautiful girl like that.
Harvey Garvey: Yes, I would.
Peter Johnson: Did you ever take a good look in the mirror?
Harvey Garvey: No.
Peter Johnson: Why not?
Harvey Garvey: Why should I hurt my own feelings?
Peter Johnson: Never mind!
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Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

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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Abbott & Costello Meet An MGM Musical with Jimmy Dorsey
24 September 2005 | by SpaceComicsSee all my reviews

Lost In A Harem is one of the best Abbott & Costello films for 3 reasons: One, unlike most of their films in the 1940s which were produced at Universal Studios (and available on DVD in a Universal set), this one was done at MGM with that studios usual higher production standards, including a few spectacular musical numbers. Two, it is one of only about a dozen filmed appearances of big band great Jimmmy Dorsey, who performs, with his band, a number called John Silver ("15 men on a dead man's chest") which I haven't found elsewhere, and a few other songs. Three, the "Pokomoko" routine ("Slowwwwly I turned, step by step I crept upon him . . .") is done to perfection by A&C with Murray Leonard as the Derelict, which I've always remembered as one of my favorite A&C routines since I was ten years old. Furthermore, there's a real live giant (Lock Martin), full costumes and exotic sets as you would expect from MGM, a magic skit by A&C, hypnotism, a fine performance from Douglas Dumbrille as the bad guy, and more good music. I would rate it below Abott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, In The Navy, In Society, The Naughty Nineties, and perhaps 3 or 4 others, but definitely in their top ten or twelve. But since it's not in the Universal set, it's not available on DVD anywhere.


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