Harum Scarum
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Harum Scarum

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Director: Gene Nelson

Cast: Elvis Presley, Mary Ann Mobley, Fran Jeffries

     
 

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Director Gene Nelson may not have been able to do too much more with Harum Scarum than get it into the can on time and on budget, but the producers of this DVD have put a lot of effort into its production -- at least, it looks sensational in its letterboxed non-anamorphic widescreen (1.85-to-1) aspect ratio. It doesn't quite match the image found in some ofSee more details below

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Director Gene Nelson may not have been able to do too much more with Harum Scarum than get it into the can on time and on budget, but the producers of this DVD have put a lot of effort into its production -- at least, it looks sensational in its letterboxed non-anamorphic widescreen (1.85-to-1) aspect ratio. It doesn't quite match the image found in some of Elvis's Panavision movies of the same period -- there was a good reason for shooting in the latter process, but this was a Sam Katzman production, which limited both its budget and the degree to which anything seen on screen would look terribly good. But the reused classic movie sets are fun to look at, and this distinctly light Elvis incarnation -- which helped to inspire Jim Abrahams' Top Secret! -- has at least been given its best incarnation ever for home viewing. This also includes an absurdly generous chapter array, and a somewhat anemic trailer gallery, which may still prove fun for fans of the singer's movies.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Very dedicated fans of Elvis Presley and devotees of camp filmmaking may enjoy Harum Scarum, but most viewers will find it hard to make it to the end of this mess of a movie. Gerald Drayson Adams' screenplay has been hobbled together from many different sources with what seems to be little regard for coherence or logic, let alone wit, spontaneity, or entertainment. Gene Nelson directs with a distinct lack of flair (and probably with a total lack of interest); at times, one gets the impression that it was all he could do to tell the cameraman in which direction to point the camera. Presley, who usually got through his pictures on innate charm and instinct, is clearly bored and turns in a half-hearted performance. He's better in the musical portions, of course, but only "So Close, Yet So Far" seems to be coming from someplace remotely personal. Still, there are plenty of pretty girls (an important factor in this genre), some colorful costumes, and a number of moments (most notably the "Shake That Tambourine" number) that are campily diverting. And Presley looks surprisingly good in a turban. A big hit in its day, Harum Scarum is fun to laugh at, but the joke wears out rather quickly.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2004
UPC:
0012569515222
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:25:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Elvis Presley trailer gallery; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Johnny Tyronne
Mary Ann Mobley Princess Shalimar
Fran Jeffries Aishah
Michael Ansara Prince Dragna
Jay Novello Zacha
Billy Barty Baba
Theo Marcuse Sinan
Dirk Harvey Makar
Larry Chance Capt. Herat
Barbara Werle Leilah
Brenda Benet Emerald
Gale Gilmore Sapphire
Wilda Taylor Amethyst
Vicki Malkin Sari
Ryck Rydon Mustapha
Richard Reeves Scarred Bedouin
Joey Russo Yussef
Carolyn Carter Heroine of Film
Jack Constanza Julna
Suzanna Covington Naja
Robert Larmont President
Ralph Lee Noble
Phillip Reed King Toranshah
Maja Stewart Princess

Technical Credits
Gene Nelson Director
Gerald Drayson Adams Screenwriter
Earl Barton Choreography
McClure Capps Art Director
Don L. Cash Makeup
George W. Davis Art Director
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Don Greenwood Set Decoration/Design
Fred Jackman Cinematographer
Freddy Karger Score Composer
Sam Katzman Producer
Ben Lewis Editor
Gene Ostler Costumes/Costume Designer
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Beau Vandenecker Costumes/Costume Designer
Margo Weintz Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [1:30]
2. My Desert Serenade [3:33]
3. Go East, Young Man [4:00]
4. Missing [3:22]
5. Mirage [3:22]
6. From Abductee to Client [4:51]
7. Lady in Waiting [4:03]
8. Kismet [4:01]
9. Zacha's Idea [3:41]
10. Shake That Tambourine [4:21]
11. Family for Sale [5:17]
12. Hey Little Girl [3:19]
13. Kill or Be Killed [1:47]
14. Golden Coins [2:14]
15. Safety Measures [4:04]
16. Framed [2:49]
17. So Close Yet So Far [3:46]
18. Group Jailbreak [3:56]
19. Dropping in on Royality [3:01]
20. Who's King Now? [3:45]
21. Reinforcements for a Fee [3:02]
22. Sneak Attack [4:09]
23. Fighting Frenzy [3:59]
24. Harem Holiday [2:14]
25. Cast List [1:01]

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