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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:

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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Technical Specs

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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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Trivia

Howard Keel opened the 1947 London West End Rogers and Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma", followed with "Carousel". MGM needed a male musical lead to counter Warner Brothers 1949 singing star Gordon MacRae. Howard Keel made his MGM debut as Frank Butler in Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun (1950) with Betty Hutton. In 1953, MGM loaned Howard Keel to Warner Brothers to play Wild Bill Hickock with Doris Day in Calamity Jane (1953) which was Warner Brothers answer to Annie Get Your Gun (1950). This movie was Howard Keel's last film musical role. Howard Keel performed in stage musicals after 1955, but never was featured in another musical film. See more »

Goofs

When the poet is about to be taken, one of the abductors threatened him with a knife. When trying to put the knife back in the sheath, he gives up and just stuffs it into his waistband. 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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Version of Kismet (1967) 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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Great Movie
13 November 2004 | by jascherSee all my reviews

I saw this movie version and have always loved it. I also saw the stage version, but who could be better than Howard Keel. I felt like a "Stranger In Paradise." I have always been a movie musical buff and a big fan of Mr. Keel. When I first saw the movie as a child, I felt transported back to that time period (even if it was a Hollywood movie). The beautiful music and romance contained within makes you feel wonderful. And you can imagine all the romance, adventure and "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" you could ever wish for and all in the time and space of this lovely movie with beautiful music. Thank you Howard Keel, Ann Blyth, Vic Damone and company for one of my favorite movie memories.


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