Harum Scarum (1965)
Front Cover Actor
Mary Ann Mobley Princess Shalimar
Elvis Presley Johnny Tyronne
Fran Jeffries Aishah
Michael Ansara Prince Dragna
Jay Novello Zacha
Philip Reed King Toranshah
Theodore Marcuse Sinan
Billy Barty Baba
Dirk Harvey Makar
Jack Constanzo Julna
Theo Marcuse Sinan
Larry Chance Capt. Herat
Barbara Werle Leilah
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Musical
Director Gerry Nelson; Gene Nelson
Producer Sam Katzman
Writer Gerald Drayson Adams
Language English
Audience Rating NR
Running Time 1 hr 35 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Say this for Harum Scarum: At least it has the virtue of boasting one of the strangest settings of any Elvis Presley vehicle. Elvis plays an action-movie star on a goodwill tour of the Middle East who's kidnapped in a remote country that has turned its back on modernity. Vilified as an "American unbeliever," he is enlisted by the Lord of the Assassins in a plot to kill a monarch (they've mistaken his filmic kung fu fighting skills for the real thing). And this is an Elvis picture? The soundtrack has a particularly mad selection of faux-"Kismet" numbers relating to the setting, with lyrics such as "I'm gonna go where the desert sun is/I'm gonna go where I know the fun is." Hints that the whole thing is a Rudolph Valentino spoof help the early going, but it gets pretty draggy. Elvis looks liveliest in a Vegas sequence... a bit of foreshadowing. --Robert Horton
Personal Details
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Index 1515
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 3/23/05
Purchase Price $7.00
Store Target
Owner JC
Links Amazon US
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Folder 012
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.78:1
UPC 012569515222
Release Date 8/3/04
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen