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Harum Scarum

Not to be confused with Harem Scarem.
Harum Scarum
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gene Nelson
Produced by Sam Katzman
Screenplay by Gerald Drayson Adams
Music by Fred Karger
Cinematography Fred Jackman Jr.
Edited by Ben Lewis
Four-Leaf Productions
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • November 24, 1965 (1965-11-24) (USA)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,400,000[1]
Box office $3,100,000 (rentals)[2]

Harum Scarum is a 1965 American musical comedy film starring Elvis Presley, which was shot on the original Cecil B. DeMille set from the film The King of Kings with additional footage shot on location at the Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, Calif. Some of the film was based on Rudolph Valentino's The Sheik released in 1921.[3] The film reached #11 on the Variety national weekly box office chart, earned $2 million at the box office, and finished #40 on the year end list of the top-grossing films of 1965. The film is listed in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book The Official Razzie Movie Guide as one of The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made.[4] The film was released in Europe as Harem Holiday.


American movie star Johnny Tyrone goes to the Middle East to premiere his new picture. He is seduced by the lovely Aishah, then kidnapped by a man who wants Johnny to help him kill the king.

Johnny encounters a slave girl, Shalimar, who turns out to actually be the king's daughter. When he helps restore order to the government, Johnny and his new royal bride honeymoon in Las Vegas, along with a few of her dancing girls.

Primary cast


Harum Scarum was released to DVD by Warner Home Video on August 7th, 2007 as a Region 1 widescreen DVD.


Main article: Harum Scarum (album)


  1. ^ Harum Scarum, Box Office Information. IMDb. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
  2. ^ This figure consists of anticipated rentals accruing distributors in North America. See "Top Grossers of 1965", Variety, 5 January 1966 p 36
  3. ^ Leider, Emily W., Dark Lover: The life and death of Rudolph Valentino, p. 152-153
  4. ^ Wilson, John (2005). The Official Razzie Movie Guide: Enjoying the Best of Hollywood's Worst. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 0-446-69334-0. 

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