Harem Girl (1952)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Joan Davis' cinematic swan song was the slapstick farce Harem Girl. Davis plays Susie Perkins, the secretary-travelling companion of Arabian Nights princess Shareen (Peggie Castle). Evil sheik Jamal (Donald Randolph) hopes to murder Shareem and claim her oil-rich country, but Susie does her best to foil this scheme. The plot requires Susie to pose as a jeweled and veiled harem dancer, leading to a series of athletic comedy routines, most of them better suited to a 2-reel comedy than a 7-reel feature. Director Edward Bernds, a recent graduate of Columbia's Three Stooges shorts, co-scripted Harem Girl with another Stooge veteran, Ellwood Ullman.

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love, romance, Arab, evil, harem, hidden, impersonation, kingdom, love-triangle, marriage, murder, oil, oil-tycoon, palace, princess, scheme, secretary, sheik, girl