Lost in a Harem

This new-to-video picture don’t quite measure up to Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein or The Time of Their Lives. In Lost in a Harem, fortunately, comes closer to the duo’s potential. The plot is typically ludicrous — the boys have to rescue a nightclub singer held captive by an Arabian sheik (the great slimy villain Douglas Dumbrille). But the production values are lavish, the supporting cast plays everything absolutely straight, and Bud Abbott and Lou Costello get to do some of their most hilarious vaudeville — derived bits, like ”Slowly, I turned!,” a piece of surrealism almost worthy of the Marx Brothers. In fact, Lost in a Harem is basically as good as lowbrow screen comedy gets. B+

Lost in a Harem
  • Movie
  • 89 minutes