Kismet (1955)

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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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(non-musical play "Kismet"), (screenplay), 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Chief Policeman
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Reiko Sato ...
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Patricia Dunn ...
2nd Princess of Ababu
Wonci Lui ...
3rd Princess of Ababu
Julie Robinson ...


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  »

Box Office


$2,692,960 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)|



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alfred Drake won the 1954 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Musical for "Kismet" as the Public Poet. See more »


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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Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.15 (1955) See more »


Baubles, Bangles, and Beads
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
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Great Movie
13 November 2004 | by (Groton, CT) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie version and have always loved it. I also saw the stage version, but who could be better than Howard Keel. I felt like a "Stranger In Paradise." I have always been a movie musical buff and a big fan of Mr. Keel. When I first saw the movie as a child, I felt transported back to that time period (even if it was a Hollywood movie). The beautiful music and romance contained within makes you feel wonderful. And you can imagine all the romance, adventure and "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" you could ever wish for and all in the time and space of this lovely movie with beautiful music. Thank you Howard Keel, Ann Blyth, Vic Damone and company for one of my favorite movie memories.

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