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Kismet (1920)

 |  Drama  |  14 November 1920 (USA)
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Hajj, a rascally beggar on the periphery of the court of Baghdad, schemes to marry his daughter to royalty and to win the heart of the queen of the castle himself.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Otis Skinner ...
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Marguerite Comont ...
Nargis
Nicholas Dunaew ...
Nasir
Herschel Mayall ...
Jawan
Fred Lancaster ...
Zayd
Léon Bary ...
Sidney Smith ...
Jester
Hamilton Revelle ...
Tom Kennedy ...
Kutayt
Sam Kaufman ...
Amru
Emmett King ...
Wazir Abu Bakr
Fanny Ferrari ...
Gulnar
Emily Seville ...
Kabirah, Maid to Gulnar
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Hajj, a rascally beggar on the periphery of the court of Baghdad, schemes to marry his daughter to royalty and to win the heart of the queen of the castle himself. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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14 November 1920 (USA)  »

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Estava Escrito  »

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Kismet
words and music by Herschel Henlere & Guido Deiro
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Creaky silent - a curiosity piece

This is the first of four film versions of the famous play. The second sound, wide-screen version of 1930 is considered "lost." This 1920 silent is a very creaky work - primitive to the extreme. It is quite close to the original play which is really a play about revenge with very little romance in it (the whole center core of the plot was jettisoned for the Technicolor and musical film versions and romance written in). Otis Skinner may have been "the foremost romantic actor of his day", but there's little here to suggest it. He is homely and middle-aged with no flair, nothing special at all. He may have been unforgettable in the role of Hajj on stage and in the 1930 talkie, but not here. It does have value as a curio, especially in a film class, where one can show three of the four versions of the work in video translations - more to see how writers can take a basic source and rework it many ways. It is odd to see how tastes change. The actors playing the Caliph and Marsinah were considered "handsome and beautiful" in their day but by today's standards are quite plain.


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