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Writers:
Edward Knoblock (non-musical play "Kismet")
Charles Lederer (screenplay) ...
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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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User Reviews:
Superb Color, Intriguing Plot; and the Most Beautiful Music of Any Musical See more (35 total) »

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)

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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Language:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Howard Keel was Alfred Drake's Broadway understudy for Oklahoma, Carousel, and Kismet.See more »
Quotes:
The Caliph:I was stepped upon!
Manservant:Oh inconceivable, All Highest, but true. You were incontrovertibly stepped upon.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "MGM Parade: Episode #1.11" (1955)See more »
Soundtrack:
Night Of My NightsSee more »

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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Superb Color, Intriguing Plot; and the Most Beautiful Music of Any Musical, 26 July 2005
Author: silverscreen888

This is musically the most glorious Broadway show of them all. in my judgment; and the most opulent of all filmed musicals in its sound, lyrics and colorful presentation. Of course, it might have been made differently, or better, or smaller or larger. But I am personally glad, as its biggest fan, and as writer, singer, songwriter, critic and moviegoer, that the film was made as honestly as it was. To begin with, the cast is vocally (unarguably) very fine; the two songs omitted, "Was I Wazir" and "He's in Love" were stage songs, without movement and needed omitting. The direction by Vincente Minnelli is very solid and generally fine, the use of color unprecedented. And this film has Howard Keel's best movie role ever, Ann Blyth lovely and seemingly young as his daughter, Sebastian Cabot as the wicked Wazir, Jay C. Flippen as his bandit father, suggestively sexy Dolores Gray as Lalume, and Vic Damone as the lovestruck very-young Caliph. The film's story-line follows the revived stage-play which was adapted to musical purposes in the early 1950s, for Broadway. The main storyline involves an ingenious but penniless poet, a maker of rhymes, who has a daughter; she wants a better life, he wants a better life for her. He finds gold, which a famous bandit claims as his own; but the gold buys him instant wealth; his arrest because he cannot account for the wealth nearly gets him killed; but he sells the idea that he is a magician to the Wazir and fortune favors his predictions. Four other strands are also interwoven in the deft and very entertaining plot. His daughter has met and fallen in love in a garden with the young Caliph without recognizing him; the wicked Wazir of the empire is pressing the young ruler to marry one of the Wazir's choices for monetary advantage; the Wazir's sexy favorite wife falls in love with the poet; and the bandit chief is seeking his long-lost son, who turns out to be the wicked Wazir. All the strands meet when to save his daughter from being forcibly married to the Wazir (to keep her from the Caliph who is still searching for her), the poet tries to drown the Wazir who has had his bandit father murdered when he's found him,and the Caliph alone can set things to rights when he discovers what his true enemy has been plotting. The poet accepts banishment--with Lalume--at an oasis, the daughter marries the Caliph, and the story ends in a splendid wedding. Robert Wright adapted the songs from the music of Aleksandr Borodin. Charles leader and Luther Davis get the credit for the literate screenplay; The sterling cinematography was done by Joseph Ruttenberg, art direction by Cedric Gibbons and E. Preston Ames, with set decoration by F. Keogh Gleason and Edwin Willis. Tony Duquette created the elaborate costumes for this Arabian Nights romp with hairstylings by Sydney Guilaroff and makeup by William Tuttle. Some of the lovely songs from this show are among the brightest lyrics and most beautiful melodies in Broadway--and Hollywood--history. The showstoppers are "Stranger in Paradise", "This is My Beloved", "The Olive Tree", "The Song of the Hand", Not Since Nineveh", Baubles, Bangles and Beads", "Night of My Nights", "Sands of Time" and "Rahadlakum". Among the performers, Dolores Gray is incomparable in the part, and Howard Keel very good in every respect. Among the others involved, Jack Elam, Ted de Corsia, Monty Wolley, and Flippen contribute good work. With a bit more money to expend, outdoor locations could have expanded the film. But most viewers who discover this film fall under the spell of its opulent and beautifully-pacing opening and find the production, as do professionally and personally, very enjoyable indeed.

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