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Writers:
Edward Knoblock (non-musical play "Kismet")
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Release Date:
8 October 1955 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
ECSTASY OF SONG, SPECTACLE AND LOVE! {poster - all caps] See more »
Plot:
Like a tale spun by Scheherazade, Kismet follows the remarkable and repeated changes of fortune that engulf a poor poet... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Howard Keel ... Hajj

Ann Blyth ... Marsinah

Dolores Gray ... Lalume

Vic Damone ... The Caliph
Monty Woolley ... Omar

Sebastian Cabot ... Wazir

Jay C. Flippen ... Jawan

Mike Mazurki ... Chief Policeman

Jack Elam ... Hassan-Ben

Ted de Corsia ... Police subaltern
Reiko Sato ... 1st Princess of Ababu
Patricia Dunn ... 2nd Princess of Ababu
Wonci Lui ... 3rd Princess of Ababu
Julie Robinson ... Zubbediya
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ray Aghayan ... Brave Shopkeeper (uncredited)
Ed Agresti ... Nobleman (uncredited)
Richard Alameda ... Nobleman (uncredited)
Suzanne Ames ... Harem Showgirl (uncredited)
Jan Arvan ... Manservant (uncredited)
William Bagdad ... Wholesaler (uncredited)
Ross Bagdasarian ... Fevvol (uncredited)
Rama Bai ... Plump Ayah (uncredited)
Nita Bieber ... Samaris (uncredited)
John Bleifer ... Beggar (uncredited)
Herman Boden ... Dancer / Silk Merchant (uncredited)
David Bond ... Nobleman (uncredited)
George Bruggeman ... Wazir Guard (uncredited)
Buddy Bryant ... Dancer / Silk Merchant (uncredited)

Barrie Chase ... Harem Showgirl (uncredited)
Noel Cravat ... Madman Merchant (uncredited)
Jack Dodds ... Dancer / Silk Merchant (uncredited)

Jamie Farr ... Orange Merchant (uncredited)
Vera Francis ... Harem Showgirl (uncredited)
Louise Franklin ... Dressmaker (uncredited)
Naji Gabbay ... Nobleman / Muezzin (uncredited)
Chief Leonard George ... Servant (uncredited)
Bernie Hamilton ... Pearl Merchant (uncredited)
Jean Hartelle ... Celebrant (uncredited)
Edmund Hashim ... Nobleman (uncredited)
Hilo Hattie ... Ayah (uncredited)
David Hoffman ... Beggar (uncredited)
Sam Hunter ... Guard (uncredited)
Dick Johnstone ... Market Patron (uncredited)
Dulcy Jordan ... Harem Showgirl (uncredited)
George Keymas ... Young Policeman (uncredited)
George Khoury ... Bystander (uncredited)
Kimo ... Executioner (uncredited)
June Kirby ... Harem Showgirl (uncredited)
Van Kirke ... Nobleman (uncredited)
Marc Krah ... Wholesaler (uncredited)
Walter Kray ... Nobleman (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Policeman (uncredited)

Norman Leavitt ... Fig Vendor (uncredited)
Alan Lee ... Worshipper (uncredited)
Luana Lee ... Harem Showgirl (uncredited)
Vera Lee ... Harem Showgirl (uncredited)
Virginia Lee ... Harem Showgirl (uncredited)
Guy Manford ... Nobleman (uncredited)
John Mansfield ... Herald (uncredited)
Charles Mauu ... Policeman (uncredited)
Reed Maxcy ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Bert May ... Arabian Dancer (uncredited)
Frank Mitchell ... Slave Merchant (uncredited)
Leonard Mudie ... Physician (uncredited)
Naji ... Nobleman / Muezzin's Voice (uncredited)
Diana Norris ... Harem Showgirl (uncredited)
Donna Norris ... Harem Showgirl (uncredited)
Don Orlando ... Wholesaler (uncredited)
Hamil Petroff ... Dancer / Silk Merchant (uncredited)
Frank Radcliffe ... Silk Merchant (uncredited)
Gloria Rhoads ... Harem Showgirl (uncredited)
Phil Rich ... Bangle Man (uncredited)
Herman Rudin ... Silk Merchant (uncredited)
Sam Scar ... Bystander (uncredited)
Norbert Schiller ... Beggar (uncredited)

Pat Sheehan ... Harem Showgirl (uncredited)
Reginald Lal Singh ... Muezzin (uncredited)

Aaron Spelling ... Beggar (uncredited)
Nick Thompson ... Businessman with Jug (uncredited)
Arthur Tookoian ... Nobleman (uncredited)
Marie Tsien ... Harem Showgirl (uncredited)
Dee Turnell ... Harem Showgirl (uncredited)
Bruno VeSota ... Wholesaler (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Beggar (uncredited)
George Wandell ... Jawan Servant (uncredited)
Mel Welles ... Beggar (uncredited)
Marc Wilder ... Dancer / Silk Merchant (uncredited)
Norman Wright ... Nobleman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Vincente Minnelli 
Stanley Donen (fill-in director) (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Edward Knoblock  non-musical play "Kismet" &
Luther Davis  screenplay &
Charles Lederer  screenplay and
Charles Lederer  musical libretto &
Luther Davis  musical libretto

Produced by
Arthur Freed .... producer
 
Original Music by
André Previn (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Ruttenberg (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Adrienne Fazan 
 
Casting by
Bobby Webb (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
E. Preston Ames  (as Preston Ames)
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
F. Keogh Gleason (set decorations) (as Keogh Gleason)
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Tony Duquette 
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
Mary Bashe .... body makeup artist (uncredited)
Clair Holgate .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Lee Stanfield .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Hugh Boswell .... unit manager (uncredited)
Walter Strohm .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Shanks .... assistant director
Hank Moonjean .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Red Holtz .... assistant props (uncredited)
Harry Lazzarre .... props (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
Norbert Fenton .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Herman Grover .... sound stage man (uncredited)
Ed Haight .... sound editor (uncredited)
Harold Humbrock .... sound editor (uncredited)
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
Al Strasser .... sound stage man (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Stunts
George Bruggeman .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Walter Bluemel .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Herbert Fischer .... camera operator (uncredited)
Henry Forrester .... grip (uncredited)
Fred J. Koenekamp .... assistant camera (uncredited)
James Manatt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Camden Rogers .... best boy (uncredited)
Wes Shanks .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Jasper Russel .... assistant casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jimmy Dougherty .... wardrobe sketch artist (uncredited)
LeVaughn Larson .... wardrobe woman (uncredited)
Donald MacDonald .... assistant wardrobe man (uncredited)
Jack Martell .... wardrobe man (uncredited)
Tommy McCoig .... assistant wardrobe woman (uncredited)
Frank L. Thompson .... assistant costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
Pierre Jalbert .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jeff Alexander .... conductor
Jeff Alexander .... music supervisor
Alexander Courage .... orchestral arranger
George Forrest .... music and lyrics
Arthur Morton .... orchestral arranger
André Previn .... conductor
André Previn .... music supervisor
Conrad Salinger .... orchestral arranger
Robert Tucker .... vocal supervisor
Alexander Courage .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Lela Simone .... music coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Victoria Abraham Azazi .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Jack Cole .... choreographer (uncredited)
Pat Denise .... assistant dance director (uncredited)
Howard Dietz .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Henry Faber .... stand-in: Howard Keel (uncredited)
Ike Isaacs .... stand-in: Vic Damone (uncredited)
Dorothy James .... stand-in: Dolores Gray (uncredited)
Mildred Kaufman .... secretary to producer (uncredited)
Mollie Kent .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Alice Krasiva .... stand-in: Ann Blyth (uncredited)
Jane Loring .... assistant to director (uncredited)
Barton Mumaw .... assistant dance director (uncredited)
John Rothwell .... publicist (uncredited)
Bill Ryan .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Howard Strickling .... publicity director (uncredited)
Frank Whitbeck .... trailer producer (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
113 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System) | Stereo
Certification:
Finland:S | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1956) | UK:U | USA:Approved (certificate #17658)

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Trivia:
Alfred Drake won the 1954 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Musical for "Kismet" as the Public Poet.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!See more »
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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Soft Simmering Breeze...Petals in the pool drifting...., 23 June 2006
Author: theowinthrop from United States

KISMET was originally a play by Edward Knobloch written about 1910, and used as a vehicle for many years by the popular Broadway character actor Otis Skinner, playing the role of Hajj, the philosophical thief who saves the Caliph of Baghdad. Skinner even did a silent film version of the play. Two years after his death in 1942 a sound version of the film (in color) was made starring Ronald Colman, Marlene Dietrich, and Edward Arnold. The movie was a success, but nobody realized it would shortly become extremely successful in a new way. A song writing team (Bob Wright and Chet Forrest) constructed a score for KISMET based on the melodies of Alexander Borodin. The score contained such songs that became standards as STRANGER IN PARADISE (from the "Polevetsian Dances" in the opera PRINCE IGOR), BAUBLES, BANGLES, and BEADS, THIS IS MY BELOVED, THIS WAS THE NIGHT OF MY LIFE, and others. Wright and Forrest would do this several times on Broadway (they composed reset themes by Heitor Villa Lobos in another musical, for example) but KISMET was their joint masterpiece. So successful were they at rejuvenating the old Knobloch play, it was eventually revived again in the late 1990s in a new form as TIMBUCTOO (reset from the Califate of Baghdad to the great African trade city).

Eventually the musical came to the attention to the Freed unit at MGM, and Vincent Minelli was chosen to direct this 1955 version. The musical expanded on the play a little. Howard Keel (as Hajj - the name was restored to the original one, not Hafiz as Ronald Colman was named in the 1944 version) is involved at the beginning with Jay C. Flippen as a violent bandit leader who is seeking his son, and whom Hajj suggests will be found in Baghdad. We see Flippen from time to time looking for his missing son. In the end he does find the son (who lives up or down to Flippen's own reputation).

Keel had the right voice for Hajj, as did Dolores Gray as Lalume, the Vizier's bored wife (Dietrich in the 1944 film). Ann Blyth played Hajj's daughter Marsinah (who falls for the Caliph, Vic Damone). The evil vizier was played by Sebastian Cabot, and his rival government figure Omar (played by Harry Davenport in the 1944 film) is now played by Monty Wooley, in his final major movie part.

Actually the musical is livelier than it's critical history suggests. The old creaky play may turn off many critics, but it had some color, and the Borodin-inspired melodies raised it. But like BRIGADOON, Minelli could not shoot the film on location as it would have been incredibly expensive. Possibly the studio sets may have effected how the film was received by the critics. But it is entertaining, and (because of the music) very memorable. If some numbers were cut most of the big numbers were saved. Besides, I'd rather hear Keel sing A FOOL SAT BENEATH AN OLIVE TREE than hear Cabot (a questionable singing talent) try WAS I VIZIR. I don't think Sebastian Cabot even tried to sing once on FAMILY AFFAIR...his was a distinguished speaking voice, not a singing one.

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