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Harum Scarum
Directed by Gene Nelson
Eddie Saeta (Ass't)
Produced by Sam Katzman
Written by Elwood Ullman & Edward Bernds
Starring Elvis Presley
Mary Ann Mobley
Music by Fred Karger
Cinematography Fred Jackman Jr.
Editing by Ben Lewis
Distributed by MGM
Release date(s) November 24, 1965
Running time 95 min.
Language English
Preceded by Tickle Me
Followed by Frankie and Johnny

Harum Scarum (released in Europe as Harem Holiday) is a 1965 musical film and comedy starring Elvis Presley. The film is regarded by many Elvis fans as one of his worst despite being the only film he received a million dollar salary for appearing in. Some of the film was based on Rudolph Valentino's The Sheik released in 1921.[1]


Primary cast


Harum Scarum
Soundtrack by Elvis Presley
Released November 3, 1965
Recorded February 24 to 26, 1965
Label RCA Victor
Elvis Presley chronology
Elvis for Everyone
Harum Scarum
Frankie and Johnny

Recorded February 24 to 26, 1965 at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee, the album with the same title as the film was released in October. This film does not have a title track, although it was released in Europe under the title Harem Holiday which is the title of one of the film's songs.


Recording musicians

Tracks (songwriter)

Side 1:

  1. Harem Holiday - (Peter Andreoli - Vince Poncia)
  2. My Desert Serenade - (Stanley J. Gelber)
  3. Go East Young Man - (Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence Kaye)
  4. Mirage - (Joe Byers)
  5. Kismet - (Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett)

Side 2:

  1. Shake That Tambourine - (Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence Kaye)
  2. Hey Little Girl - (Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence Kaye)
  3. Golden Coins - (Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence Kaye)
  4. So Close Yet So Far - (Joe Byers)
  5. Animal Instinct - (Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence Kaye)
  6. Wisdom Of The Ages - (Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence Kaye)


  1. ^ Leider, Emily W., Dark Lover: The life and death of Rudolph Valentino, p. 152-153

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