Harum Scarum (1965)





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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 … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Gerald Drayson Adams
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 3, 2004
MGM Home Entertainment


as Johnny Tyronne

as Princess Shalimar

as Aishah

as Zacha

as Prince Dragna

as King Toranshah

as Capt. Herat

as Leilah

as Emerald

as Sapphire

as Amethyst

as Mustapha

as Yussef

as Scarred Bedouin

as Heroine of Film

as President

as Noble

as King Toranshah

as Princess

as Sapphire
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All Critics (1)

MGM provides lush sets, bosomy gals, colorful costumes, and Elvis, which is probably all it needs to get the throng of Elvis fans into the theaters.

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Audience Reviews for Harum Scarum

Dumb junk is a perfect illustration of why Elvis' movie career ended up being a joke. While any movie with him singing has some value and Mary Ann Mobley was an incredibly beautiful woman the songs in this are inane, the direction lackluster and most if not all the acting amateurish. Elvis' charm is in full view but even it can not save a turkey like this.

jay nixon

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Honestly not as bad as people say, no worse than the last couple Elvis films. Really on par with a bad episode of Star Trek, Buncha white people with afghan hounds and belly dresses... this movie should just take place in an alternate Middle Eastern/Moroccan inspired planet because there's nothing remotely arabic about it otherwise and that would make more sense.


Wow, this is hokey even for an Elvis film. Very poor art direction, the songs aren't very memorable, the acting is poor, the costumes are gaudy. It's amusing, mostly when it shouldn't be. But it does have Elvis and the lovely Mary Ann Mobley.

James Higgins

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