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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:
Songwriting Doesn't Get Better Than This 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)
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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
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)
 
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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Howard Keel was Alfred Drake's Broadway understudy for Oklahoma, Carousel, and Kismet.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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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Songwriting Doesn't Get Better Than This, 2 July 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Given the times we're in and the changing public tastes in music, I'm not sure how well a revival of Kismet as a Broadway show would do today. Certainly the music of Alexander Borodin remains timeless, but a show with an Arabian Nights setting, I'm not sure would go over so well right now.

The Broadway show with Alfred Drake, Doretta Morrow, Richard Kiley, and Joan Diener ran for 583 performances in the 1953-54 season and won a Tony Award. As none of those worthy performers were movie names, Arthur Freed recast the film with MGM players Howard Keel, Ann Blyth, Vic Damone, and Dolores Gray and I've sure got no complaints about any one of them.

But Kismet has an older an more varied history. It was first presented on Broadway as a straight dramatic play in 1911, written by Edward Knoblauch and providing a career role as Hajj the beggar king for Otis Skinner. He must have done the role a gazillion times on Broadway and in touring companies.

Skinner even did two films, a silent and early sound version that I believe are both lost. It then got a film version with Ronald Colman as Hajj and it co-starred Marlene Dietrich, James Craig and Joy Page. Colman spoke the lines in the inimitable Colman fashion, but the music score that Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg wrote was singularly bland.

Nothing bland about the themes of Alexander Borodin which Robert Wright and Chet Forrest arranged and wrote lyrics for to provide a far better musical score. Two songs, Strangers In Paradise and Baubles Bangles And Beads were chart toppers in the first half of the Fifties. I well remember as a child hearing both played on the radio a lot.

The plot of the story centers around the nimble tongued Keel as Hajj who gets himself involved in palace politics with the Wazir/Prime Minister of the old Caliphate of Bagdad played by Sebastian Cabot and his wife Dolores Gray who's taken a real fancy to Keel. At the same time the Caliph on one of his nocturnal wanderings of legend has fallen for Keel's daughter Ann Blyth. The Caliph is played by Vic Damone. Both plot elements come together for an inevitable conclusion which I think you can figure out.

Vincente Minnelli did a great directing this old chestnut, impeccably cast with great musical performers. Songwriting because of who inspired it, doesn't get any better than this.

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