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Kismet (1955)

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This fourth film version of the warhorse Edward Knoblock theatrical piece Kismet was based on the Broadway musical version of the same property. Howard Keel stars as Hadji, the poet of old Baghdad, who goes from beggar to millionaire in a single day. Hadji's daughter Marsinah (Ann Blyth) falls in love with the young Caliph (Vic Damone), while Lalume (Dolores Gray), the sexy wife of the despotic Wazir (Sebastian Cabot), sets her sights on Hadji. Meanwhile, the Wazir plots and plans to topple the Caliph from the throne and to add Marsinah to his own harem. Making periodic appearances is Omar Khayyam, played as a doddering old meddler by Monty Woolley. The Robert Wright-George Forrest musical score, based on themes by Borodin, includes such standards as "Baubles, Bangles and Beads", "This is My Beloved", "Stranger in Paradise" and "Not Since Ninevah". Though the dancing girls in the film are more modestly dressed than their stage counterparts, they are put through some fairly sensuous paces by choreographer Jack Cole. Kismet was good for another go-round in 1967, when it was adapted for television with Jose Ferrer, Barbara Eden, Anna Maria Alberghetti, George Chakiris and Hans Conried in the cast.

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Cast

Howard Keel
as The Poet
Ann Blyth
as Marsinah
Vic Damone
as The Caliph
Jack Elam
as Hassan-Ben
Mike Mazurki
as Chief Policeman
Ted de Corsia
as Police Subaltern
Reiko Sato
as Princess of Abubu
Julie Robinson
as Zubbediya
Patricia Dunn
as Princesses of A Ba Bu
Wonci Lui
as Princesses of Aba Bu
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The heavy-handed glittering Arabian Nights musical is a great watch visually, but unfortunately the storytelling is uninspiring.

July 25, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Minnelli's weakest musical, with few redeeming qualities

April 3, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

...the stage play went to the screen for Minnelli to direct. However, somewhere in the translation, something got lost.

March 30, 2008 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Colorful yet lackluster MGM musical spectacular.

April 20, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

Poor film - but with some splendid musical numbers.

August 26, 2006 | Full Review…

Something went a little bit wrong with this most opulent version of the hoary old Edward Knoblock play.

March 15, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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