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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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Hassan-Ben
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1st Princess of Ababu
Patricia Dunn ...
2nd Princess of Ababu
Wonci Lui ...
3rd Princess of Ababu
Julie Robinson ...
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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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

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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)|

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Howard Keel was Alfred Drake's Broadway understudy for Oklahoma, Carousel, and Kismet. See more »

Quotes

The Poet: May your taxes increase!
[Said when acting as a beggar to get the Baghdad merchants to give him alms]
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Connections

Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.14 (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Rhymes Have I
(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)
Sung by Howard Keel and Ann Blyth
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Harum Scarum
23 February 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Thanks to the mega surprise success of SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, and the income of $7m in rentals (wow!) MGM lurched into a series of 'robust' macho musicals: ATHENA, ROSE MARIE, HIT THE DECK, and the best of all: IT'S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER. KISMET today, 50 years later, it is best enjoyed knowing it came from that mindset and is a product of a lavish budget itself: $2.6m. Like all those above it made money, but only just. In 2004 it is the production values and the music/dancing that is sensational and compared to modern film production quality is positively a masterpiece. I am sure even Madonna has seen this because the Market Place dance number is certainly recycled into her music video imagery. Dolores Gray is suitably brassy and the absolutely awesome NIGHT OF MY NIGHTS number with Vic Damone is one of the most visually enchanting set pieces committed to film ever. Try and see it in cinema scope, as pan/scan TV prints cut the sides off and the impressive visuals are crippled. It's quite rude too.


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