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Harum Scarum (1965)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Musical | 15 December 1965 (USA)
American singer Johnny Tyrone is enlisted by sinister forces to assassinate an Arab king whose daughter he has fallen in love with.

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Gene Nelson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elvis Presley ... Johnny Tyronne
Mary Ann Mobley ... Princess Shalimar
Fran Jeffries ... Aishah
Michael Ansara ... Prince Dragna
Jay Novello ... Zacha
Phillip Reed ... King Toranshah (as Philip Reed)
Theodore Marcuse ... Sinan (as Theo Marcuse)
Billy Barty ... Baba
Dirk Harvey Dirk Harvey ... Makar
Jack Costanzo ... Julna
Larry Chance ... Capt. Herat
Barbara Werle ... Leilah
Brenda Benet Brenda Benet ... Emerald
Gail Gilmore Gail Gilmore ... Sapphire
Wilda Taylor ... Amethyst
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Storyline

Johnny Tyronne, action movie star and ladies man, is travelling through the Middle East on a goodwill tour to promote his latest movie, "Sands of the Desert". Once he arrives, however, he is kidnapped by a gang of assassins who were so impressed with his on-screen adventures that they want to hire him to carry out an assassination for them. He naturally refuses, and following his daring escape he makes his way across the desert back to civilization, pausing every now and then to sing a song or two. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Taglines:

1001 Swingin' Nights! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Musical

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harem Scarum See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,500,000, 31 December 1965
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Listed among "The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made" in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's "The Official Razzie® Movie Guide." See more »

Goofs

In the climactic fight scene, set at night, the lighting changes from torchlit darkness to broad daylight, and back, several times. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Johnny Tyronne: This is about the wildest audience I've ever played to, Ambassador.
U.S. Ambassador McCord: Yes, they seem very interested. You have no idea how important this occasion is. Your good will tour of this part of the world will be most helpful to the State Department.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening title, the drama mask seen directly below Leo the Lion in the MGM logo is replaced by a caricature of Elvis. See more »

Connections

Featured in This Is Elvis (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

ANIMAL INSTINCT
(uncredited)
Written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Faux Parody, Middle East 'Hilarity'
10 January 2010 | by AndrewGHickeySee all my reviews

Now this was something, not really a good something but it was something nonetheless. Being a novice when it comes to the filmic work of 'The King' I approached this film and his others from a fresh perspective. I guess I was put off by the stigma of corniness that plagues his filmography. After checking out Jaihouse Rock, Paradise Hawaiian Style and Spinout I thought I'd give this relative b-movie a look.

I enjoyed the pseudo middle eastern soundtrack and expected the visual equivalent here, which essentially is what I got. The faux parody element of the film falls by the wayside pretty quick unfortunately and ultimately becomes another vehicle for Elvis' kung-fu, romancing and spontaneous song performances. Shake Your Tambourine and So Close So Far are the performance highlights and there is some overlooked snappy dialogue. The less said about the creepy Hey Little Girl sequence though the better. My favourite song, the Garage-lite Animal Instinct was sadly not featured in the film.

Its universally looked at as the bottom of the barrel in the career of Elvis but I think its a pretty fun 80 mins or so, there are far worse movies out there.


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