Director: Vincente Minnelli Cast: Howard Keel
Howard Keel
, Ann Blyth
Ann Blyth
, Dolores Gray
Dolores Gray
Vincente Minnelli


Director: Vincente Minnelli Cast: Howard Keel
Howard Keel
, Ann Blyth
Ann Blyth
, Dolores Gray
Dolores Gray
Vincente Minnelli


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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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Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2014
UPC: 0888574054847
Original Release: 1955
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 1:53:00
Sales rank: 21,777

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Howard Keel Hajj
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 Hassan-Ben
Ted de Corsia Police Subaltern
Reiko Sato Princess of Abubu
Patricia Dunn Princesses of A Ba Bu
Wonci Lui Princesses of Aba Bu
Julie Robinson Zubbediya
Mamta Kulkarni Actor

Technical Credits
Vincente Minnelli Director
Jeff Alexander Musical Direction/Supervision
Preston Ames Art Director
Jack Cole Choreography
Luther Davis Screenwriter
Tony Duquette Costumes/Costume Designer
Adrienne Fazan Editor
George Forrest Score Composer,Songwriter
Arthur Freed Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Keogh Gleason Set Decoration/Design
Charles Lederer Screenwriter
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
André Previn Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Robert Wright Score Composer,Songwriter

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