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Kismet (1955)

A roguish poet is given the run of the scheming Wazir's harem while pretending to help him usurp the young caliph.

Directors:

Vincente Minnelli, Stanley Donen (uncredited)

Writers:

Charles Lederer (screenplay), Luther Davis (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Howard Keel ... Poet
Ann Blyth ... Marsinah
Dolores Gray ... Lalume
Vic Damone ... Caliph
Monty Woolley ... Omar
Sebastian Cabot ... Wazir
Jay C. Flippen ... Jawan
Mike Mazurki ... Chief Policeman
Jack Elam ... Hasan-Ben
Ted de Corsia ... Police Sub-altern
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Storyline

Like a tale spun by Scheherazade, Kismet follows the remarkable and repeated changes of fortune that engulf a poor poet. It all happens in one incredible day when Kismet (Fate) takes a hand. Written by Betty Frayne

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ECSTASY of Song Spectacle and Love! See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

The dance number "Zubbediya, Samaris' Dance" appears in the final scene, immediately before the presentation of the three Princesses of Ababu. See more »

Goofs

Prior to the start of "Not Since Nineveh", Dolores Gray takes the gold purse from the Wazir to throw coins. When she's finished, she tosses it back to Sebastian Cabot which the actor fumbles and drops at his feet. During the song, the bag disappears and reappears at times and ends up behind his feet. It finally disappears by the end of the dance. See more »

Quotes

Chief Policeman: [the Poet has just been sentenced by the Wazir, and the Chief Policeman enters to find him and Lalume, the Wazir's wife, kissing] What kind of a sentence did he get?
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Connections

Version of Kismet (1914) See more »

Soundtracks

Sands of Time
(uncredited)
Music by Aleksandr Borodin
Music Adapted by Bob Wright (as Robert Wright) and Chet Forrest (as George Forrest)
Lyrics by Bob Wright (as Robert Wright) and Chet Forrest (as George Forrest)
Sung by Howard Keel
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This musical is so underrated!
29 May 2009 | by inyourimageSee all my reviews

If you want a classic movie that is exotic, romantic and even hypnotic, Kismet fits the bill. Set in ancient Baghdad, Kismet gives us a much different perspective than we have today (even if it is a movie set). First and foremost, it gives us that classic duet, 'Stranger in Paradise.' Second, it stars Howard Keel. Third, the romanticized Arabesque cinematography is superb. A 50's-style romantic 'Arabian Nights' setting sets the stage for a comedic/dramatic romance/love story in the tradition of ancient fable akin to Alladin and the Magic Lamp. Even the fact that almost everyone in the movie is a white person painted dark gives it a bygone sentimental appeal. I wish this movie were more available, particularly on DVD. It represents Howard Keel at his best in a role that is a departure from his usual venue.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,692,960 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)| Stereo

Color:

Color (photographed in) (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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