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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.

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Jawan
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Chief Policeman
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Hassan-Ben
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Reiko Sato ...
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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impostor | beggar | caliph | dancing | dancer | See more »

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FAMED STAGE HIT GLORIFIED ON THE SCREEN! [poster - all caps] See more »


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Release Date:

8 October 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Um Estranho no Paraíso  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,692,960 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)|

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(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Future mega-successful TV producer Aaron Spelling (Charlie's Angels (1976), The Love Boat (1977), Dynasty (1981)) appears uncredited as a beggar. Spelling wrote in his memoirs that this role made him decide to give up acting. Director Vincente Minnelli always said he was responsible for Spelling's career as a successful TV producer and told him: "Had I not put you in 'Kismet', you'd still be an actor somewhere." See more »

Quotes

Marsinah: [on being told that the Wazir intends to visit her room that night] If you do I'll kill myself, I swear it!
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Version of Kismet (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Stranger in Paradise
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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)
Performed by Ann Blyth and Vic Damone
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A waste of good singing but worth seeing once.
11 November 2001 | by (Montclair, NJ) – See all my reviews

Kismet isn't a complete waste of time but director Minelli was itching to do Lust for Life and had little enthusiasm for this assignment, which engaged his abilities, but not his sympathies. Unfortunately, it shows. Like Brigadoon and a few other musicals, this was one case where the Freed factory failed despite some gorgeous singing by the principals (Vic Damone is no actor but he ravishes "Stranger in Paradise"). Some numbers are shorn from the score, which doesn't hurt much but some are added, which does. There's a stale, formulaic quality to this movie and Kismet is a hothouse flower that doesn't thrive under M-G-M's "crunch-it-out" treatment. More imagination and taste were needed. There are several good recordings of the score and I'd suggest that, if you like the music (what's not to like?), you experience Kismet aurally.


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