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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:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un extraño en el paraíso See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,692,960 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,217,000, 31 December 1955

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,827,000, 31 December 1955
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)| Stereo

Color:

Color (photographed in) (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Poet (Howard Keel) and Lalume (Dolores Gray) sing about "Rahadlakum", which is most likely a bastardization of "rahat loukoum". The line in the song, "'tis sweet with the meat of the lychee nut / combined with a kumquat rind", is a description of Turkish Delight, a confectionery sweet that at times include nuts, and can be flavored with the zest of lemon rind. 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

Marsinah: [on being told that the Wazir has taken her as a wife and intends to visit her room that night] If you do, I'll kill myself, I swear it!
Wazir: Really? Well, this may be the first interesting wedding night I've had in years.
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Connections

Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.15 (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Baubles, Bangles, and Beads
(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 Ann Blyth and chorus
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Another great romantic musical of the 1950's
29 December 1999 | by thguruSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie when I was 10 years old with my parents. I fell in love with Ann Blyth and wanted to grow up and marry her someday. Seeing her in the Student Prince also helped. This was a great musical of the time. Younger people, when seeing this movie today (1999) must take into consideration that we had different morality then. Men,as well as women,liked movies for the romance . We were not looking for cheap sex scenes or showing a lot of skin. Ahhh.., the butterflies in the stomach and heart palpitations of being in love. Jane Powell was another heart throb of the time. See her movies also. I only wished I could have gown up and looked like and sang like Howard Keel.


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