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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:

THE GOLDEN AGE OF ROMANCE AND SONG! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Company Credits

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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

After seeing this film, a studio executive quipped: "Elvis' movies don't need titles; they could just be numbered!" 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

Referenced in Elvis Meets Nixon (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

GO EAST YOUNG MAN
(uncredited)
Written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye
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Pure Drivel
26 March 2016 | by geoffmcauliffe-60295See all my reviews

As a Presley fan, this film plumbs the depths of bad acting and casting. The script, if you call it that is so threadbare that you will snooze off within minutes. The cast look disinterested and frankly not one of them shows any real acting ability. With a ludicrous story line, and the lead who looks totally out of his depth, forget this film. It really is awful! Such a shame that this film will be another in the category of 'turkeys' that Presley made.The whole Arab love affair is so predictable and the simplistic hero villain dimension is outdated and predictable. I can only assume that this was one of many films made on an assembly line basis since clearly there was no attempt to widen Presley's audience of fans as this one simply repeats every cliché that appeared in so many of his films.


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