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|
|Box office||$3,100,000 (rentals)|
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. 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. 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.
- Elvis Presley as Johnny Tyronne
- Mary Ann Mobley as Princess Shalimar
- Fran Jeffries as Aishah
- Michael Ansara as Prince Dragna
- Jay Novello as Zacha
- Philip Reed as King Toranshah
- Theo Marcuse as Sinan
- Billy Barty as Baba
- Dirk Harvey as Mokar
- Jack Costanzo as Julna
- Larry Chance as Captain Herat
- Barbara Werle as Leilah
- Brenda Benet as Emerald
- Gail Gilmore as Sapphire
- Wilda Taylor as Amethyst
- Vicki Malkin as Sari
- Ryck Rydon as Mustapha
- Joey Russo as Yussef
Harum Scarum was released to DVD by Warner Home Video on August 7th, 2007 as a Region 1 widescreen DVD.
- Harum Scarum, Box Office Information. IMDb. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
- This figure consists of anticipated rentals accruing distributors in North America. See "Top Grossers of 1965", Variety, 5 January 1966 p 36
- Leider, Emily W., Dark Lover: The life and death of Rudolph Valentino, p. 152-153
- Wilson, John (2005). The Official Razzie Movie Guide: Enjoying the Best of Hollywood's Worst. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 0-446-69334-0.
- Interview with Mary Ann Mobley
- Harum Scarum at the Internet Movie Database
- Comprehensive review by Chad Plambeck at 3-B Theater
- Review by J. Bannerman at Stomp Tokyo, 2003
- Review by Mark Zimmer at digitallyOBSESSED!, August 1, 2004
- Review by Dennis Prince at DVD Verdict, July 30, 2004
- Harum Scarum at the Iverson Movie Ranch
- Filming the original version of the Harum Scarum tent scene on the Iverson Movie Ranch
- Iverson Movie Ranch: History, vintage photos.