Lost in a Harem

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Lost in a Harem is a 1944 film about two bumbling magicians who help a Middle Eastern prince regain his rightful throne from his despotic uncle.

Directed by Charles Reisner. Written by John Grant, Harry Ruskin, and Harry Crane.
Music! Maidens! Merriment!  (taglines)

The Derelict[edit]


Harvey Garvey: Have you a reservation here?
Jailer and clerk: No.
Harvey Garvey: Then I have to take my business someplace else. [he starts to leave but is restrained by guards] I changed my mind. I'll take the room.
Jailer and clerk: What's your name?
Harvey Garvey: Harvey D. Garvey.
Jailer and clerk: Where born?
Harvey Garvey: Under a sink.
Jailer and clerk: How do you know?
Harvey Garvey: I heard the water runnin'.

The Derelict: Quiet! People will think you're crazy.
Harvey Garvey: Oh, and I suppose you're all right?
The Derelict: Of course!
Harvey Garvey: Of course?
The Derelict: I have a brother who is crazy - [screaming] but I'm all right!
Harvey Garvey: [gasping] Who told you?
The Derelict: My brother!
Harvey Garvey: That does it, brother!

The Derelict: Gentleman... He called me a gentleman! [to Pete] Thank you.
Peter Johnson: That's all right.
The Derelict: Those are the first kind words I've heard in years. You see I haven't always been a derelict... [pointing to Harvey] like you!
Harvey Garvey: Hey, now, don't call me those kind of bad names.
The Derelict: Would you like to hear my story?
Harvey Garvey: No.
The Derelict: Very well, then I'll tell it to you.

Peter Johnson: We've got to outsmart Uncle Nimativ. You go in and outwit him.
Harvey Garvey: Why should I go out with him? I'm afraid of that man!
Peter Johnson: Not to go out with him. Go in and outwit him.
Harvey Garvey: Why should I go in and go out with him? I mean, he don't appeal to me!

Peter Johnson: You love her? [laughs] Oh, come on, you wouldn't get to first base with a beautiful girl like that.
Harvey Garvey: Yes, I would.
Peter Johnson: Did you ever take a good look in the mirror?
Harvey Garvey: No.
Peter Johnson: Why not?
Harvey Garvey: Why should I hurt my own feelings?
Peter Johnson: Never mind!

Harvey Garvey: Do I have to especially go now?
Peter Johnson: You just split an infinitive!
Harvey Garvey: Well, I mean that... [feeling his own rear end] Does it show?

The Derelict: I know a secret passage that will take us out.
Harvey Garvey: Swell!
The Derelict: [to Harvey] Shhh!
Harvey Garvey: [to Pete] Shhh!
Peter Johnson: [whispering] Go ahead.
The Derelict: Follow me.
Peter Johnson: Go ahead - follow him.
Harvey Garvey: Okay.
Peter Johnson: [impatiently] Go ahead.
The Derelict: Where are you taking me?

Prince Ramo: [from inside his jail cell] Don't worry! I'll get you out!
Peter Johnson: [being locked up in a nearby cell] Who's gonna get YOU out?


  • A Show That Chases the Blues From Start to Finish!
  • Were You Ever In a Harem? WOW!
  • Music! Maidens! Merriment!


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