Harum Scarum

Harum Scarum

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Director: Gene Nelson

Cast: Elvis Presley, Mary Ann Mobley, Fran Jeffries

     
 

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Elvis Presley plays singer/actor Johnny Tyronne in this formulated quickie directed by Gene Nelson. While on a promotional tour of Pakistan, Johnny is drugged, kidnapped, and whisked away to a mythical Middle East country. Jay Novello plays the scheming Zacha who vows (for a price) to help Johnny in a world that is 2,000 years behind the times and sealed off from the…  See more details below

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Elvis Presley plays singer/actor Johnny Tyronne in this formulated quickie directed by Gene Nelson. While on a promotional tour of Pakistan, Johnny is drugged, kidnapped, and whisked away to a mythical Middle East country. Jay Novello plays the scheming Zacha who vows (for a price) to help Johnny in a world that is 2,000 years behind the times and sealed off from the outside world. With the help of Baba (Billy Barty), they hope to get Johnny back to the comforts of the modern world. Elvis shows off some neat karate moves, but he looks bored and resigned to the fact no one in Hollywood (or Colonel Tom Parker) will give him a serious screen role. Filmed on sets that were originally used for Kismet (1944) and Cecile B. DeMille's silent classic The Ten Commandments. As for the songs, only "Mirage" and "Hey Little Girl" are memorable. The generous Presley, perhaps feeling nostalgic, donated $50,000 to the motion picture relief fund after completing the film. On hand at the celebrity press conference were such luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Bud Abbott, and silent-screen veteran Chester Conklin.

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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:
08/07/2007
UPC:
0012569798816
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
39,025

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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
Gail 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

Disc #1 -- Elvis: Harum Scarum
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 Royalty [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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