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Harum Scarum 1965

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3.9 out of 5 stars (47) IMDb 4.7/10

Elvis Presley stars as an American film star is kidnapped while touring the Middle East. Aided by a couple of locals, he fights -- and sings -- his way to romance and freedom.

Starring:
Elvis Presley, Mary Ann Mobley
Runtime:
1 hour, 25 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Musical, Comedy
Director Gene Nelson
Starring Elvis Presley, Mary Ann Mobley
Supporting actors Fran Jeffries, Michael Ansara, Jay Novello, Phillip Reed, Theodore Marcuse, Billy Barty, Dirk Harvey, Jack Costanzo, Larry Chance, Barbara Werle, Brenda Benet, Gail Gilmore, Wilda Taylor, Vicki Malkin, Ryck Rydon, Richard Reeves, Joey Russo, Carolyn Carter
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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I avoided this film for years, mainly because it simply looked too embarrassing to sit through as a fan of the King. Since it was included among the newest wave of Elvis dvds, I finally decided to give it a chance.

It didn't surprise me to find that, as a meaningful film, it is arguably among Elvis' worst. The premise is silly, the leading lady (Mary Ann Mobley) has little to do (and little screentime with the King), and the whole thing is pretty hard to take seriously. But then, considering that much of Elvis' film canon was pretty lightweight anyway, it's hard to imagine anyone going into this expecting a meaningful film.

What is left is an Elvis movie that works surprisingly well as a campy B movie. In fact, if it had been released as an MGM dvd, it would've fit well into their (highly entertaining) Midnite Movies line. For starters, while shot using some of the old King of Kings sets, you almost expect to see Kirk and Spock beam in at any moment. There's also a surprising amount of humor in it (both unintentional AND intentional), with Elvis getting off quite a few good one-liners early on. Also good is Jay Novello as that rare comic relief that is actually funny. As the film progresses, you can almost sense Elvis' waning interest, but the rest of the cast puts in a fine effort. And where else can you see Billy Barty bellydancing or Elvis bringing a bullwhip to a fight?

Ironically, Elvis was actually very eager to make this film. He saw it as a chance to create a meaningful character and drew inspiration from Rudolph Valentino in The Sheik. According to Priscilla Presley's Elvis and Me, Elvis was so into the character that he would come home still in costume and keep it on until he went to bed.
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Ok, this is definitely NOT one of "the King's" better films, but I still enjoyed it. I originally saw it when I saw six years old and loved it because Elvis was fighting with a sword...and frankly that's probably still the best aspect of this movie. Elvis demonstrates some of his modest Karate talents as well. He was a Black Belt believe it or not but in reality Bruce Lee would probably have cleaned his clock. Before you buy "Harum (sic) Scarum" be warned that this is also one of the two WEIRDEST Elvis movies ever made (the other one being "Easy Come Easy Go" where he plays a frogman and sings about Yoga.) The songs in "Harum Scarum" are not among his best...however if you watch carefully it looks like Elvis was having fun in this movie. He probably had a blast running around this old C.B.deMille movie set killing assassins with karate and saber. So, if you buy "Harum Scarum" remember...the movie is pretty bad, the songs mediocre, but the fun level is pretty darned high especially if you like watching Elvis kick assassin butt.
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Yes, this is a silly film that makes a mess of Middle Eastern society. But giving it one star? Just not correct. Every Elvis picture has some great songs, and this one is no exception. As an adult, yes I think the plot is silly. As a kid, I thought it was super-cool. LOL

It has harem girls, a beautiful princess, a hero who is an actor, singer, and karate expert, a scary society of black clad assassins, three beautiful slave girls, a band of good-hearted thieves, and orphans. I mean, no cliche is left unturned! Now, would it hold the interest of kids who are used to the frenetic pace of current kids TV shows? I don't know. I first saw it in a more simple time.

As I mentioned in another recent review, Elvis was an entertaining performer even in the lowest tier of his movies, and this is no exception. There are a limited number of his films, and each provides some reason to get another look at him. So there is no great plotting here, no high drama, and only limited good acting. Still, there is also some charm, and there is Elvis singing every so often. Not a bad deal.
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THANK YOU WARNER BROTHERS for useing the original MOVIE POSTERS for the covers of these wonderful DVDs! They look EXCELLENT! I wish the other companies that put ELVIS films out would have followed suit BUT instead they air brush a still from the film and think they can make a better cover than the EXPERIENCED MOVIE POSTER artists of the 1950's and 1960's. All you can ask from an ELVIS movie is that it is Entertaining and a GREAT Soundtrack...this film has both. HAREM HOLIDAY, the films' opening track, is a classic.
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HARUM SCARUM is a colourful excursion into fantasy and music, as Elvis Presley plays an action film star, who gets lost in a world of Arabian Nights-esque intrigue. Former "Miss America" Mary Ann Mobley plays his seven-veiled princess.

This is a fun romp, along the same lines as the "Road To..." movies, and Elvis completely throws himself into the proceedings. Mary Ann Mobley is a stunning love interest and the production values are quite lavish (this film was actually shot on the old sets used for Cecil B. DeMille's "King of Kings" in 1925). With Fran Jeffries, Michael Ansara, Billy Barty and Jay Novello.
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Can readily understand why he was disappointed in this picture. It was not one of the better movies he had to do. Some of it was funny, but I'm sure if as the old saying goes he "had to do it over again, he probably would not have done it."
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