Harum Scarum

( 2 )

Overview

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 ...
See more details below
This VHS is Not Available through BN.com

Overview

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.
Read More Show Less

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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/1997
  • UPC: 027616639837
  • Original Release: 1965
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mgm (Warner)
  • Format: VHS

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
Brenda Benet Emerald
Carolyn Carter Heroine of Film
Larry Chance Capt. Herat
Jack Constanza Julna
Suzanna Covington Naja
Gale Gilmore Sapphire
Dirk Harvey Makar
Robert Larmont President
Ralph Lee Noble
Vicki Malkin Sari
Theo Marcuse Sinan
Phillip Reed King Toranshah
Richard Reeves Scarred Bedouin
Joey Russo Yussef
Ryck Rydon Mustapha
Maja Stewart Princess
Wilda Taylor Amethyst
Barbara Werle Leilah
Technical Credits
Gene Nelson Director
McClure Capps Art Director
George W. Davis Art Director
Fred Jackman Jr. Cinematographer
Gene Ostler Costumes/Costume Designer
Beau Vandenecker Costumes/Costume Designer
Margo Weintz Costumes/Costume Designer
Don L. Cash Makeup
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Freddy Karger Score Composer
Gerald Drayson Adams Screenwriter
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Don Greenwood Jr. Set Decoration/Design
Earl Barton Choreography
Ben Lewis Editor
Sam Katzman Producer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2003

    Excellent

    Is Excellent

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews