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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Jawan
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1st Princess of Ababu
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2nd Princess of Ababu
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3rd Princess of Ababu
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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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ECSTASY OF SONG, SPECTACLE AND LOVE! {poster - all caps] See more »


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8 October 1955 (USA)  »

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Un extraño en el paraíso  »

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Budget:

$2,692,960 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)|

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(photographed in) (Eastman Color)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The word kismet comes from the Arabic word kismat, meaning "division, portion, lot." Basically it means your fate or your destiny. It was Hajj's destiny to succeed. See more »

Goofs

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 ti 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 »

Quotes

Lalume: [singing] On days when my lord groweth restless, and bored by his sword and his plume... his handmaiden hath what he needeth- and what doth he need? Rahadlakum!
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Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.13 (1955) See more »

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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 Dolores Gray
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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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