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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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MEET THE SHEIKS IN NIGHTSHIRTS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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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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Technical Specs

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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

When Harvey shoots the rifle after the barrel was bent by the candle, there was only one hole in his pith helmet. There should have been two, one for the bullet's entrance and one for its exit. See more »

Quotes

Harvey Garvey: Have you a reservation here?
Jailer and clerk: No.
Harvey Garvey: Then I have to take my business someplace else.
[he starts to leave but is restrained by guards]
Harvey Garvey: I changed my mind. I'll take the room.
Jailer and clerk: What's your name?
Harvey Garvey: Harvey D. Garvey.
Jailer and clerk: Where born?
Harvey Garvey: Under a sink.
Jailer and clerk: How do you know?
[...]
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Soundtracks

Scheherezade Symphonic Suite, Op.35
(1888) (uncredited)
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Excerpts played in the harem and danced by Nimativ's wives and slaves in a production number
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Midland Abbott & Costello Movie…At Least the Music Is OK
4 April 2015 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

Silky Smooth Looking A & C Movie from MGM (one of three). Of Course, True to Form, the Studio with "More Stars than in the Heavens", were Myopic and Misused Many that They Put Through the Lens at the Tinseltown Behemoth.

Nowhere Near as Bad as Rio Rita (1942 an MGM flop), because for One Thing the Mid-East Setting is Used to Advantage, and the Musical Numbers are Thankfully Removed from Operatic to Swing, with Jimmy Dorsey On Hand to Present a Couple of Neat Ditties.

Some of the Routines are Peppy and the Story is Rich Enough to Sustain the Shenanigans, the Wordplay is Welcome, and Marilyn Maxwell is a Beauty. The Somewhat Secular Setting Would Draw Religious Criticism from Muslim Fundamentalist Today, but This Was a Different Time.

There are No Close-Ups or Lingering on the Harem Girls as They are Regulated to Background and Musical Numbers. Another Clueless MGM Misfire. The Studio Sets are Leftovers, but are Impressive. Mid-Range Abbott and Costello Movie (they made dozens). Worth a Watch for Fans and Non Fans Alike.


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