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Writers:
Edward Knoblock (non-musical play "Kismet") and
Charles Lederer (musical libretto) ...
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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)
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" and
Charles Lederer  musical libretto &
Luther Davis  musical libretto

Charles Lederer (screenplay) &
Luther Davis (screenplay)

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  (as Keogh Gleason)
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Tony Duquette 
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
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
Jack Cole .... choreographer
Victoria Abraham Azazi .... technical advisor (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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Additional Details

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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)

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:
Caliph Guard:[closing lines] Is this man to be pardoned, O Caliph?
Omar:Pardon him, All Highest. His crime was a service. Let him go free.
The Poet:No, don't ask that. Under the circumstances it would embarrass the All Highest to pardon his father-in-law. No, O Prince of Justice, let me help you to compose this most difficult of verdicts against a man who in his life never once did right and who never once wronged anyone...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sleepless in Seattle (1993)See more »
Soundtrack:
Not Since NinevehSee more »

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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A Shadow of the Broadway Show., 9 November 2005
Author: suessis

In the 1950's, my late father was a businessman who traveled to New York and took in Broadway shows whenever he could. One night, he went to the box office at the Ziegfield Theatre and managed to land himself a great seat for a hit musical. What happened that night would become a legend in my family. Dad fell in love with "Kismet" and for the rest of his life he would torture us by telling the story of the production and playing the original cast album (and the recording of the subsequent Lincoln Center revival) over and over and over and over...

As an adult now, I can appreciate this work. My father was deeply disappointed by this film version and now having seen it I can understand why. As the book of this musical is pure cotton candy fluff, the key to success with any production of this material is how the music is arranged and presented. The singers should be classically trained and the individual playing Hajj needs to be a strong actor with an ability to truly interpret the lyrics.

After having seen Keel in "Kiss Me Kate", I had high hopes before my viewing of this film that he would be able to pull it off. Unfortunately, he only proved that Alfred Drake owns this role in the same way that Richard Kiley will always be "The Man of LaMancha" and Yul Brynner the "King". Keel's portrayal of the character is at best second rate.

Part of his problem (and indeed the problem of other performers in the film) might be the less than adequate arrangements of the music as well as the mangling that was done of some the lyrics and the removal of whole songs. Noticablly missing is the classic "Was I Wasir?" the very clever if gruesome show stopper craftily performed in the original stage show by Henry Calvin.

What really is worth seeing (or perhaps it would be better to say worth hearing) are the sequences with Ann Blyth and Vic Damone who had some of the best voices in film at that time. Damone actually gives Richard Kiley (who was the Caliph in the original Broadway cast) a run for his money in with the performance of "The Night of my Nights". Blyth has a beautiful voice and gives a creditable performance in the face of a hard act to follow in Doretta Marrow, the B-Way Marsinah.

The hardest loss in this production is the beautiful cacophony of voices that was the hallmark of the Broadway show. Instead you get a canned studio chorus that was best left in the can.

I am sorry that the one film version of this delightful Arabian Night tale is such a disappointment.

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