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Kismet (1955)

Approved | | Adventure, Musical, Fantasy | 8 October 1955 (USA)
A roguish poet is given the run of the scheming Wazir's harem while pretending to help him usurp the young caliph.

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Omar
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Jawan
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Chief Policeman
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Hassan-Ben
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Police subaltern
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1st Princess of Ababu
Patricia Dunn ...
2nd Princess of Ababu
Wonci Lui ...
3rd Princess of Ababu
Julie Robinson ...
Zubbediya
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Like a tale spun by Scheherazade, Kismet follows the remarkable and repeated changes of fortune that engulf a poor poet. It all happens in one incredible day when Kismet (Fate) takes a hand. Written by Betty Frayne

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ECSTASY OF SONG, SPECTACLE AND LOVE! {poster - all caps] See more »


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Release Date:

8 October 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un extraño en el paraíso  »

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Budget:

$2,692,960 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)|

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(photographed in) (Eastman Color)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Howard Keel opened the 1947 London West End Rogers and Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma", followed with "Carousel". MGM needed a male musical lead to counter Warner Brothers 1949 singing star Gordon MacRae. Howard Keel made his MGM 1950 debut as Frank Butler in Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun" with Betty Hutton. MGM, in 1953, loaned Warner Brothers, Howard Keel (as Bill Hickock) to appear with Doris Day in the Warner Brothers musical film "Calamity Jane", which was Warner Brothers answer to MGM's "Annie Get Your Gun". MGM's 1955 "Kismet" was Howard Keel's last film musical role. Howard Keel performed in stage musicals after 1955, but never was featured in another musical film. See more »

Goofs

Prior to the start of "Not Since Nineveh", Dolores Gray takes the gold purse from the Wazir to throw coins. When she's finished, she tosses it back to Sebastian Cabot which the actor fumbles and drops at his feet. During the song, the bag disappears and reappears at times and ends up behind his feet. It finally disappears by the end of the dance. See more »

Quotes

Caliph Guard: [closing lines] Is this man to be pardoned, O Caliph?
Omar: Pardon him, All Highest. His crime was a service. Let him go free.
The Poet: No, don't ask that. Under the circumstances it would embarrass the All Highest to pardon his father-in-law. No, O Prince of Justice, let me help you to compose this most difficult of verdicts against a man who in his life never once did right and who never once wronged anyone. Condemn the scoundrel to some dreadful oasis at least a week's camel's journey away. Force him to ...
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Version of Kismet (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Rahadlakum
(uncredited)
Music by Aleksandr Borodin
Music Adapted by Bob Wright (as Robert Wright) and Chet Forrest (as George Forrest)
Lyrics by Bob Wright (as Robert Wright) and Chet Forrest (as George Forrest)
Featuring Dolores Gray and Howard Keel
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The Most Under Rated Movie Musical of All Time
2 March 2004 | by (Cincinnati, Ohio) – See all my reviews

It's hard for me to believe that I saw many of these old M.G.M. musicals when they first came out when I was a teenager. I first saw Kismet with my cousin and sister in Jackson, Mississippi, and we loved it! I don't like repeating myself, but just because a Broadway star is in a hit musical on Broadway doesn't necessarily mean that they are good movie material. They just don't have the following in the movies to support a movie such as movies like Kismet, Hello Dolly, Gypsy, and Kiss Me, Kate which is considered a better movie than it was a Broadway show.

Kismet is glorious entertainment. Howard Keel is perfect as Hajj the Beggar and even though Ann Blyth was too old to be his daughter, you forgive that problem in casting. She never sang better and Vic Damone was great as the Prince. Thankfully, the songs "He's in Love" and "Was I Wazir" was cut from the film, but sadly, even though it was recorded and filmed "Rhymes Have I" was deleted from the movie. This should not have been. Maybe, some day, someone will restore this number in future Videos of Kismet.

You could not have cast anyone better than Delores Gray as Lalume, and the addition of her song "Bored" [not in the original play on Broadway] shows you don't have to be naked and obscene on the screen to get sex across to the audience as she sings her song and nearly seduces Howard Keel right on the spot, and could that woman sing!

The wonderful thing about this movie is that a Broadway orchestra can't bring out the wonderful music as it is really meant to be heard like a movie orchestra can. For the first time you hear all the music in its richest melodies and Howard Keel, Ann Blyth, Vic Damone, and Delores Gray are thousands time better in their performances than the broadway cast could ever be. "And This is My Beloved" is a much better version in the movie than the Broadway rendition which was much too operatic.

I remember that my cousin Margaret looked at me after Howard Keel sang "The Olive Tree" and she said that if her father ever looked at her the way Howard Keel looked at Ann Blyth, she'd run like hell. Let's face it! Any Blyth was old enough to be his lover and not his daughter, but you forgive the producers for the miscast, because as a whole the film is not miscast, but perfect!

It's just a shame that these films can't be seen on the large theater screens today with stereophonic sound the way they "should" be seen. Maybe, someday, someone will get the hint!

Kismet was and is glorious, and I wouldn't have missed it for the world!


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