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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.

Director:

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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THE GOLDEN AGE OF ROMANCE AND SONG! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Musical

Certificate:

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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)
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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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Trivia

This was the second collaboration between Elvis Presley and director Gene Nelson. They had previously worked together on Kissin' Cousins (1964). 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 1992 MTV Movie Awards (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

GOLDEN COINS
(uncredited)
Written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Quite depressing, really
22 September 2006 | by capnpisslogSee all my reviews

Elvis returns, this time he is slightly weathered, quite a bit more lethargic, and desperate to escape his captors. But, his captors are not the oil paint smeared Arabs, nor the fairly innocuous women that surround him. His captors are much bigger than one motion picture could possibly describe. They are the entire industry he has found himself immersed in. They are the money-hungry culture vultures that readily devour a popular figure like him until he is but a bloated pasty corpse. This film shows them as they are through their sinister machinations. They can be seen with invisible marionette string as they force Elvis to march around in costume, as they prod him with sharp knives into doing little lackluster dances that turn into morose forced marches across the barren tundra of his once mighty career. This is not the Elvis of folklore, nor is it the Elvis that will return one day and save us from mediocrity. This is the dry Elvis, milked fully, udders raw, yet ever sedated. The Elvis that might have died on the screen in front of your eyes and you might have not even noticed it. Don't let the bright lights and forced smile fool you. It is your duty to lament this vision before you, because it is an ugly one.


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