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
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 »
[on being told that the Wazir intends to visit her room that night]
If you do I'll kill myself, I swear it!
Really? It'll be one of the most interesting wedding nights I've had in years.
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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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