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.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Howard Keel
as The Poet
Ann Blyth
as Marsinah
Dolores Gray
as Lalume
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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Critic Reviews for Kismet

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
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Full Review… | March 24, 2006
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
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The heavy-handed glittering Arabian Nights musical is a great watch visually, but unfortunately the storytelling is uninspiring.

Full Review… | July 24, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Minnelli's weakest musical, with few redeeming qualities

Full Review… | April 3, 2011

Audience Reviews for Kismet

It feels ancient. Everything about it is boring. As somebody who typically loves movie musicals and Howard Keel, I was disappointed. (First and only viewing - 11/11/2014)

Adam R
Adam R

lavish and gorgous to look at this is the 4 th version of this & MGM pulls out all the stops on this technicolor spectacular.

Gregory Wood
Gregory Wood

A true Classic with the deep resonating voice of Howard Keel and the beautiful Ann Blyth who sings like an angel and does a duet with Vic Damone on "Stranger In Paradise".

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