Lost in a Harem (1944)

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Lost in a Harem is arguably the best of Abbott & Costello's trio of MGM films; it's certainly the silliest, with any number of nonsensical plot twists and sidesplitting gags. This time, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello play Pete and Harvey, two American magicians stranded in a mythical Arabian Nights kingdom with songstress Hazel Moon (Marilyn Maxwell). Our heroes and heroine become involved with the trials and tribulations of Prince Ramo (John Conte), who hopes to rightfully reclaim his throne from his evil usurping uncle Nimativ (Douglas Dumbrille). Alas, the villain is armed with a pair of hypnotic rings with which he forces everyone to do his bidding: his most anti-social act is to kidnap and hypnotize the entire Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra! Pete, Harvey, Ramo and Hazel risk death at every turn to thwart Nimativ, encountering a giant guard (Lock Martin, later to play the robot Gort in The Day the Earth Stood Still), a gibbering lunatic (Murray Leonard) and a bevy of harem beauties along the way. The film's sets and costumes, as well as the more elaborate musical numbers, are "borrowed" from the recently completed MGM superproduction Kismet. While the plot is for the birds, Lost in a Harem is saved by the fast-and-furious antics of Abbott and Costello. And as a bonus, this is the film in which Bud and Lou, accompanied by Murray Leonard, perform those deathless burlesque classics "Slowly I Turned" and "Mike's Place."
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NR
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Classics , Comedy
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Cast

Bud Abbott
as Peter Johnson
Lou Costello
as Harvey Garvey
Frances Ramsden
as Slave Girl
Tor Johnson
as Majordomo
Marilyn Maxwell
as Hazel Moon
Jo Gilbert
as Native Laundry Woman
Nick Thompson
as Native
Harry Cording
as Police Chief
Eddie Dunn
as Sentry
Sammy Stein
as Native Jailor
Ralph Sanford
as Mr. Ormulu
Richard Alexander
as Executioner
Duke York
as Jailor
Paul Newlan
as Guard
Jimmy Dorsey
as Himself
Symona Boniface
as Slave Girl
Jody Gilbert
as Native Laundry Woman
John Conte
as Prince Ramo
Milton Parsons
as Crystal Gazer
Jan Bryant
as Slave Girl
Frank J. Scannell
as Fruit Vendor
Bud Wolfe
as Chase Guard
Adia Kuznetzoff
as Chief Ghamu
Sondra Rodgers
as Zaida, Maid
Carey Loftin
as Chase Guard
Margaret Kelly
as Slave Girl
Karin [Katharine] Booth
as Beautiful Girl
Tom Herbert
as Drunk
Frank Penny
as Bearded Vendor
Murray Leonard
as The Derelict
Elinor Troy
as Slave Girl
Eddie Abdo
as Native
Margaret Savage
as Slave Girl
Toni LaRue
as Slave Girl
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Audience Reviews for Lost in a Harem

One of three Abbott & Costello films made for MGM during WWII; not much to look or laugh at, although both Marilyn Maxwell and Jimmy Dorsey's Orchestra are on hand for some musical moments.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt
½

Sometimes funny, mostly boring, and an awfully too silly movie, it's kind of sloppy.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Better than average outing for Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, some funny bits. Jimmy Dorsey's music is one of the films highlights.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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