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Kismet (1955)

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


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Release Date:

23 December 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un extraño en el paraíso  »


Box Office


$2,692,960 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,217,000, 31 December 1955

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,827,000, 31 December 1955
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)|


(photographed in) (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although MGM owned two cinemas in London's West End, this movie never played in either of them and despite being certificated by the BBFC in December 1955, and was not shown in the UK until it went in general release in March 1957. See more »


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 »


Caliph: I was stepped upon!
Omar: Oh, inconceivable, All Highest, but true. You were incontrovertibly stepped upon.
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Referenced in Dostana (2008) See more »


Stranger in Paradise
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 Ann Blyth and Vic Damone
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This musical is so underrated!
29 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

If you want a classic movie that is exotic, romantic and even hypnotic, Kismet fits the bill. Set in ancient Baghdad, Kismet gives us a much different perspective than we have today (even if it is a movie set). First and foremost, it gives us that classic duet, 'Stranger in Paradise.' Second, it stars Howard Keel. Third, the romanticized Arabesque cinematography is superb. A 50's-style romantic 'Arabian Nights' setting sets the stage for a comedic/dramatic romance/love story in the tradition of ancient fable akin to Alladin and the Magic Lamp. Even the fact that almost everyone in the movie is a white person painted dark gives it a bygone sentimental appeal. I wish this movie were more available, particularly on DVD. It represents Howard Keel at his best in a role that is a departure from his usual venue.

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