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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:
The Most Under Rated Movie Musical of All Time 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:
There was a number in the original musical called "Zubbediyah, Sameris' Dance" that was later excluded from the movie version; it was performed by Princess Zubbediyah, the woman who the Caliph was supposed to marry.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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dostana (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
Stranger in ParadiseSee more »

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31 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
The Most Under Rated Movie Musical of All Time, 2 March 2004
Author: (darkinvader45210@yahoo.com) from Cincinnati, Ohio

It's hard for me to believe that I saw many of these old M.G.M. musicals when they first came out when I was a teenager. I first saw Kismet with my cousin and sister in Jackson, Mississippi, and we loved it! I don't like repeating myself, but just because a Broadway star is in a hit musical on Broadway doesn't necessarily mean that they are good movie material. They just don't have the following in the movies to support a movie such as movies like Kismet, Hello Dolly, Gypsy, and Kiss Me, Kate which is considered a better movie than it was a Broadway show.

Kismet is glorious entertainment. Howard Keel is perfect as Hajj the Beggar and even though Ann Blyth was too old to be his daughter, you forgive that problem in casting. She never sang better and Vic Damone was great as the Prince. Thankfully, the songs "He's in Love" and "Was I Wazir" was cut from the film, but sadly, even though it was recorded and filmed "Rhymes Have I" was deleted from the movie. This should not have been. Maybe, some day, someone will restore this number in future Videos of Kismet.

You could not have cast anyone better than Delores Gray as Lalume, and the addition of her song "Bored" [not in the original play on Broadway] shows you don't have to be naked and obscene on the screen to get sex across to the audience as she sings her song and nearly seduces Howard Keel right on the spot, and could that woman sing!

The wonderful thing about this movie is that a Broadway orchestra can't bring out the wonderful music as it is really meant to be heard like a movie orchestra can. For the first time you hear all the music in its richest melodies and Howard Keel, Ann Blyth, Vic Damone, and Delores Gray are thousands time better in their performances than the broadway cast could ever be. "And This is My Beloved" is a much better version in the movie than the Broadway rendition which was much too operatic.

I remember that my cousin Margaret looked at me after Howard Keel sang "The Olive Tree" and she said that if her father ever looked at her the way Howard Keel looked at Ann Blyth, she'd run like hell. Let's face it! Any Blyth was old enough to be his lover and not his daughter, but you forgive the producers for the miscast, because as a whole the film is not miscast, but perfect!

It's just a shame that these films can't be seen on the large theater screens today with stereophonic sound the way they "should" be seen. Maybe, someday, someone will get the hint!

Kismet was and is glorious, and I wouldn't have missed it for the world!

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