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50th Anniversary Movie Pictorials — Harum Scarum: 1965

Elvis Waking up After Abduction in Harum Scarum

In my opinion, this photo represents the only thing in Harum Scarum to justify watching it. Certainly it is not the plot, acting, songs, or the action scenes. No, it is the constant parade of scantily-clad lovelies. They come in many varieties – a princess, a damsel in distress, a villain, these slave girls (they dress nice for slaves, don’t they?), and three belly dancers.

Harum Scarum was Elvis’ nineteenth movie, and it premiered on November 24, 1965.

There are some silly Elvis movies that I enjoy watching, Tickle Me, Kissin’ Cousins, Live A Little to name a few. But Harum Scarum really isn’t that much fun and strains all creditability. For example, Elvis has been drugged and whisked off by the bad guys and where does he wake up? Not in a prison cell, but surrounded by the beauties above. Even worse, he sings a whole song to them before he realizes he’s not dreaming and says, “Hey, you’re real.”

Movie within a Movie in Harum Scarum

Here’s the device they used to start the film – a movie within a movie. That’s Elvis fighting a bad guy in Arabian Nights type movie being shown to all the important people of the kingdom of Babelstan. After Elvis beats off the villains, he has to battle a leopard. No problem. He gives it just one karate chop and kills it.

Elvis about to Karate Chop a Tiger in Garum Scarum

Elvis Karate Chopping a Tiger in Harum Scarum2

Sorry for the blurry shot, but that leopard was moving fast.

Anyway, there were some real villains in that audience viewing the movie, and they somehow get the idea that the American actor has amazingly talented killing hands for real. And because they believe he can get access to the king, they decide to blackmail him to “eliminate a person of great Importance.”

Let’s go back to that damsel in distress in the photo above for a moment.

Elvis Kissing Girl after Saving Her in Harum Scarum

Once he rescues her, she plants a kiss on him. In my opinion, this is the best on-screen kiss Elvis ever did. Long, sensuous lip-lock. Ladies, check it out. It happens early, so you don’t have to watch a lot of the movie to see it.

Sonny West in Harum Scarum

One way I amuse myself when watching Elvis’ bad movies is looking for cameo appearances by his Memphis Mafia buddies. Can you spot Sonny West in the back row?

Red West as Villian in Harum Scarum

Here’s Red West playing one of the bad guys known as the Assassins. He’s in a number of scenes.

Elvis and Thief with Bananas in Harum Scarum

This guy is a conniving marketplace thief who ends up helping Elvis beat the Assassins. However, the more scenes he was in, the more I wished he’d go away. I only added this screen grab because he looks obsessed with the banana and Elvis seems amused. Feel free to add your own caption to the picture.

.Elvis, Thief and Water Lillies in Harum Scarum

Another cinematic highlight staring Elvis and this guy.

Elvis using Karate Chop on Assasin in Harum Scarum

Elvis does a bunch of Karate chops throughout the movie, but never kills anybody. He says his hits will put them out of commission for about an hour. Guess he does have pretty talented hands after all.

Fran Jeffries and Elvis in Harum Scarum

This is lovely villian Aishah played by Fran Jeffries. Elvis didn’t waste any time putting a move on her after she came out of the tent.

Elvis Kissing Fran Jeffries in Harum Scarum

But she tricked him and knocked him out with drugged wine. At least he got in a kiss before he keeled over (She was the second of four women Elvis kissed in the film. Might be a record number).

Elvis Singing in Jail in Harum Scarum

Here’s Elvis singing a song in prison. Of course, there was background music from that talented invisible band that shows up in so many Elvis movies. I’ve got to compile a list of all the movies where Elvis ended up in jail. Let’s see: Jailhouse Rock, Girl Happy, Blue Hawaii, and probably some others I can’t think of.

Elvis and Belly Dancers in Harum Scarum

These are the three belly dancers mentioned above. They were actually in a number of non-dancing scenes, a nice distraction when the plot got lame.

Little Girl Dancing in Harum Scarum

This little girl also did a belly dance for Elvis. I wish they had cut the scene. It was totally inappropriate and cringe worthy.

Elvis leads the Raid in Harum Scarum

I like this shot of Elvis. He is leading a motley crew of folks taking on the Assassins, and he giving directions on what everybody should do.

 

Mary Ann Mobley When she First Sees Elvis in Harum Scarum

We will finish this pictorial with shots of Elvis’ love interest, Princess Shalimar, played by Mary Ann Mobley. This is when she first laid eyes on Elvis. As you can see, she was most impressed. They talked for one minute and thirty-seven seconds of screen time, and then rode horses to the Pool of Omar without speaking. Then he spent two minutes singing to her followed by a kiss and a few more seconds of dialog. That’s all it took – they were both in love.

Mary Ann Mobley When she First Sees Elvis in Harum Scarum

Earlier in the movie, Elvis sang to five women while thinking he was asleep, but here we have the Princess gazing into a pool and not only seeing Elvis but hearing him sing. Mystical stuff for sure.

Mary Ann Mobley Getting Mad at Elvis in Harum Scarum

Mary Ann Mobley is so sweet and composed during the whole movie, except for this scene. Here she is angry with Elvis because she thinks he is out to harm her father the king. I like her in both movies she made with Elvis, but I much prefer the aggressive hottie she played in Girl Happy, even though she lost Elvis to Shelly Fabares.

Elvis Hugging Mary Ann Mobley in Girl Happy

But in Harum Scarum, she gets her man, and then the movie ends with this.

Elvis Kissing Mary Ann Mobley at End of Harum Scarum

 

 

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50th Anniversary Movie Pictorial — Girl Happy

Girl Happy Poster

Girl Happy opened nationally on April 14, 1965.

When I started posting these Elvis movie pictorials, I would always watch each one again on the TV and make notes about things that interest me.  Now I watch on the laptop, and I make heavy use of pause, single frame advance (or reverse), and screen grab.  You can discover a lot of fun shots this way.

 

Mary Ann Mobley's Booty in Girl happy

Here we have Mary Ann Mobley showing off her acting talent.

I must admit, she’s the reason I can watch Girl Happy over and over.  Too bad they couldn’t find a way for Elvis to wind up with her at the end.  The scenes with Elvis pursuing Mary Ann just sizzle.  These two beautiful people are hot for each other.

Elvis Hugging Mary Ann Mobley in Girl Happy

Elvis Getting Comfy with Mary Ann Mobley

 

On the other hand, the Elvis and Shelly Fabares scenes are sweet and tender.

Elvis Wearing Long-Sleeve Shirt at Pool - Girl Happy.

He sings to her.

Elvis Dancing with Shelly Fabares - Girl Happy

He takes her dancing.

 

So far, we have seen Elvis in five pictures, and he is wearing a different long-sleeve shirt in each one.  In fact, he wears nothing but long sleeve shirts the whole film.

Elvis Sunbathing in Long-sleeve Short - Girl Happy

Even when he is sunbathing around the motel pool.

Elvis Sailing in Long-sleeve Shirt - Girl Happy

Even when sail boating.  Doesn’t Shelly look dreamy?  No, thanks.  I’ll take Mary Ann.

Elvis Water Skying Wearing Long Sleeved Shirt - Girl Happy

Even when water skiing.  Did Elvis have some mysterious rash on his arms during filming?

 

Here are some odds and ends pictures that caught my fancy.

Looking in the Boat

Elvis and the boys in the band playing peeping-toms.

Message to Elvis from Mary Ann Mobley

No everything went well between Elvis and Mary Ann.  She let her feelings be known when Elvis disappeared to rescue Shelly for the third time.

 

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A lot of the action took place at the Seadrift Motel.  Lots of eye-candy for the male viewers.

Girl Happy -- Boat in Motel Pool

Somehow Elvis miraculously came up with a pick-up truck and boat trailer to pull this boat into the motel pool.

Elvis Shining Spotlight in Girl Happy

He also commandeered a spotlight to search for Shelly on the beach.

But his biggest coup was getting a backhoe to help break into jail where Shelly was being held.

Elvis Breaking into Jail - Girl Happy

Here’s Elvis trying to break into jail.  How convenient that the Ft. Lauderdale jail had a wooden floor he could saw through.

Elvis in Drag - Girl Happy

And after he got in, Elvis had to dress in drag to get out.  Not exactly the high point of Elvis’ acting career.

 

Elvis Looking at Ugly Shelly Photo - Girl happy

Shelly Fabares’ character changed quite a bit from what Elvis thought she looked like to what she actually did.

Ugly Shelly Fabares in Girl happy

 

Elvis and Shelly Fabares - I'm Evil

She looked great in this musical number.

Shelly Fabares Stripping in Girl Happy

And she’s a riot when she gets drunk and wants to try her hand at stripping.

 

I had a friendly dispute with another fan about whether Teri Garr appeared in five or six Elvis movies.  The film in question was Girl Happy.  He said the shots I provided of her dancing on the beach during “Do the Clam” were inconclusive, because it was dark and she moved too fast.  Now, I’ve got some new screen grabs proving Teri Garr did appear in Girl Happy.

Teri Garr in Jail - Girl Happy

Here she is in the jail scene.

Teri Garr Dancing in Girl Happy

Here’s Teri Garr doing the Clam.  Not as clear, but she is wearing the same top as in jail.

 

Elvis and the Band - Girl Happy

The guy on the right playing guitar is Joby Baker, but look back one picture and see him playing sax.  The sax solos on several songs including “I’ve Got to Find My Baby” and “Do the Clam” are excellent.  No wonder — they were actually performed by Boots Randolph.

 

Turkish Poster -- Guardian of my Daughter

Here’s a brief diversion from the screen grabs to look at a Girl Happy poster from Turkey.  The title translates to “Guardian of My Daughter,” which does fit with the theme of the movie.  Those Turks knew who to pair with Elvis in the picture – Mary Ann Mobley.

 

I always end these pictorials with a shot or two of Elvis kissing his leading lady.  Mary Ann beat Shelly 3 to 2 in this department.

Elvis Kissing Mary Ann Mobley - Girl Happy 3

Elvis Kissing Mary Ann Mobley - Girl Happy 1

Elvis Kissing Mary Ann Mobley - Girl Happy 2

 

But in the end, Elvis wound up with Shelly Fabares.

Elvis Kissing Shelly Fabares - Girl Happy

Elvis Kissing Shelly at end of Girl Happy 2

The movie closes with this kiss.

 

Oh, well.  Elvis will have another chance with Mary Ann Mobley in Harum Scarum.

 

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ElvisBlog Mini-Nuggets #19

We haven’t done Mini-Nuggets since March 2014, but Elvis’ 80th birthday has provided some short subjects to report.

Record Number of Hits for ElvisBlog:

ElvisBlog Results on Google Analytics

On January 1, I checked Google Analytics to see how well ElvisBlog did for the year. 147,000 people (users) visited the site, resulting in 279,991 pageviews (hits). That’s an average of 2,800 users a week, a gain of 30% over the 2013 results. Definitely a good year.

Which makes the results in the graphic above even more remarkable. Yesterday, on what would have been Elvis’ 80th birthday, ElvisBlog had nearly 2,600 people visit the site. Wow. I hope I’m still around to see the results on Elvis’ 100th birthday.

 

Elvis’ Movie Costars Pass Away:

Mary Ann Mobley with Elvis in Girl Happy

When time permits, we will take a deeper look at two late actresses who appeared with films with Elvis. Mary Ann Mobley (Girl Happy, Harum Scarum) died on December 19, 2014.

Donna Douglas and Elvis in Frankie and Johnny

Donna Douglas (Frankie and Johnny) passed away on New Year’s Day, 2015.

Elvis’ leading ladies have been a staple for print and video interviews about him for decades. Has there ever been an Elvis Week without one or two of them being “Special Guests” for talks, panel discussions, and autograph sessions?

Donna Butterworth with Elvis Presley in Paradise, Hawaiian Style

Well, the list is getting short, and you have to wonder what authors, journalists and EPE will do when Elvis’ female costars are all gone. Now we have a hint. In celebration of Elvis 80th birthday, an article in the Boone, NC Mountain Times featured an interview with Donna Butterworth who was ten-years-old when she appeared with Elvis in Paradise, Hawaiian Style. You are going to see more of this.

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Peanut Butter ‘N Banana Ice Cream:

Baskin-Robbins Peanut Butter 'N Bananna Ice Cream

I received an email from the PR firm representing Baskin-Robbins telling me about their new flavor to celebrate Elvis’ 80th Birthday. It will be available for the entire month of January, and it is described as banana-flavored ice cream with a chunky peanut butter ribbon. They are sending me two $31 gift cards – one to use to sample it and write a review. I expect to like it, but I did have a bad experience at Elvis Week 2007 when I tried peanut butter and banana coffee, and it was lame.

The other gift card will be offered as the prize in an Elvis Caption Contest which I will post in a couple of days.

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The Elvis Auction at Graceland:

Auction at Graceland

The auction last night was a huge success, highlighted by the 1953 acetate of Elvis’ first recorded songs “My Happiness”/”That’s When Your Heartaches Begin.” The pre-auction estimate was for $75-100,000, but it went for $300,000! That’s got to be the highest priced record ever. Let’s see a record by Michael Jackson, or the Beatles, or Mariah Carey top that.

There were 67 items up for auction, so it will take two or three blogs to cover all the interesting elements of this Elvis 80th birthday event, and I’ll get them posted as soon as possible.

 

 

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