Ronald Colman
Director: William Dieterle Cast: Ronald Colman
Ronald Colman
, Marlene Dietrich
Marlene Dietrich
, James Craig
James Craig
William Dieterle

DVD (Full Frame)

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Oriental Dream is the TV title for the 1944 Technicolor version of Kismet. Ronald Colman plays Hadji, "king of beggars" in the days of the Arabian Nights. Posing as a prince, Colman woos Marlene Dietrich, the favorite wife of the evil Wazir (Edward Arnold). Meanwhile, Colman's daughter Joy Ann Page falls in love with handsome Caliph James Craig--while the Wazir connives to get Page into his own harem. Several plot convolutions later, Colman ends up with Dietrich, Page winds up with Craig, and the Wazir winds up six feet under. Kismet was based on the war-horse stage play by Edward Knoblock, previously filmed in 1920 and 1930 with the play's original star Otis Skinner. The title Oriental Dream was bestowed upon the 1944 Kismet when it was remade as a musical in 1955. The earlier version had its musical moments as well, notably a delicious dance number spotlighting Dietrich, painted gold head from head to toe; an additional dance sequence was cut, but later showed up in the Abbott and Costello comedy Lost in a Harem (1944).

Product Details

Release Date: 01/19/2010
UPC: 0883316228418
Original Release: 1944
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 32,517

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ronald Colman Hafiz
Marlene Dietrich Jamilla
James Craig Caliph
Edward Arnold Mansur, the Grand Vizier
Florence Bates Karsha
Hugh Herbert Feisal
Joy Page Marsinah
Harry Davenport Agha
Hobart Cavanaugh Moolah
Eddie Abdo Mansur's Aide
Jimmy Ames Major Domo
Dick Botiller Actor
Paul Bradley Magician
Sonia Carr Actor
Harry Cording Actor
Peter Cusanelli Merchant
Carmen D'Antonio Specialty Dancer
Pedro de Cordoba Meuzin
Anna Demetrio Proprietress of Cafe
Walter de Palma Detective
Joseph Granby Policeman
Harry Humphrey Gardener
Charles Judels Rich Merchant
Cy Kendall Herald
Victor Kilian Jehan
Beatrice Kraft Dancer
Evelyn Kraft Court Dancer
Charles La Torre Alwah
Mitchell Lewis Sheik
Jack Lipson Mansur's Aide
Barry Macollum Amu
John Maxwell Guard
John Merton Actor
Charles B. Middleton The Miser
Nestor Paiva Captain of Police
Frank Penny Actor
Frances Ramsden Cafe Girl
Dan Seymour Fat Turk
Jessie Tai Sing Actor
Paul Singh Caliph's Valet
Sammy Stein Policeman
Minerva Urecal Retainer
Dale Van Sickel Assassin
Morgan Wallace Merchant
Eve Whitney Cafe Girl
Zack Williams Executioner
Roque Ybarra Miser's Son
Joe Yule Attendant
Carla Boehm Actor
Shelby Payne Queen's Retinue
Louis Manley Fire-Eater
Robert Warwick Alfife
Yvonne De Carlo Handmaiden

Technical Credits
William Dieterle Director
Harold Arlen Songwriter
Daniel B. Cathcart Art Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Songwriter
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Ben Lewis Editor
John Meehan Screenwriter
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Richard A. Pefferle Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Everett J. Riskin Producer
Charles Rosher Cinematographer
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
Edwin B. Willis Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design

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