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Kismet

  • Musical
  • Action
  • 1955
  • Vincente Minnelli
  • 108 mins
  • U

Summary

Fantasy musical starring Howard Keel and Ann Blyth. Haaj is a poet, beggar and magician, coerced into using his gifts for the benefit of the power-hungry wazir. The wazir is detemined that his son, the caliph, will marry a princess, but the caliph is actually in love with Haaj's daughter Marsinah.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Panned in its day, this Arabian Nights farrago does have elements to recommend it now, notably muscular baritone Howard Keel having the time of his life. He brings enormous energy to his role as Haaj the beggar, whose daughter has fallen for a caliph, filling the screen with his unfairly maligned performance. The rest of the cast also works hard, particularly the raunchy Dolores Gray, and Ann Blyth and Vic Damone make a perfectly acceptable pair of lovebirds and get all the best songs, especially the hit Stranger in Paradise.

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Credits

Cast

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Haaj, the PoetHoward Keel
MarsinahAnn Blyth
LalumeDolores Gray
CaliphVic Damone
OmarMonty Woolley
WazirSebastian Cabot
JawanJay C Flippen
Chief policemanMike Mazurki
Hassan-BenJack Elam
Police subalternTed De Corsia
Princess of A Ba BuPatricia Dunn
Princess of A Ba BuReiko Sato
Princess of A Ba BuWonci Lui
ZubbediyaJulie Robinson

Crew

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DirectorVincente Minnelli

Details

Languages
English
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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