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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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Storyline

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  »

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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 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 »

Quotes

Caliph: I was stepped upon!
Omar: Oh, inconceivable, All Highest, but true. You were incontrovertibly stepped upon.
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Connections

Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.13 (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Fate
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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)
Sung by Howard Keel
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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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