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Kismet (8-Oct-1955)

Director: Vincente Minnelli

Writers: Charles Lederer; Luther Davis

From libretto by: Charles Lederer and Luther Davis

From a play: Kismet by Edward Knoblock

Keywords: Musical, Fantasy

Beggar-poet Hajj stumbles into unexpected wealth, then inveigles his way into the court politics of the Caliph of Bagdad. Knoblock's 1911 play was made into two early films (both lost), then Kismet (1944). The Broadway show with Alfred Drake in the 1953/54 season ran for 583 performances, earning a Tony Award. Vincente Minnelli considered this project beneath him.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Ann Blyth
Actor
16-Aug-1928   Mildred Pierce
Sebastian Cabot
Actor
6-Jul-1918 22-Aug-1977 The Family Jewels
Ted de Corsia
Actor
29-Sep-1905 11-Apr-1973 The Enforcer
Vic Damone
Singer
12-Jun-1928   Singer of ballads
Jack Elam
Actor
13-Nov-1918 20-Oct-2003 The Sundowners
Jay C. Flippen
Actor
6-Mar-1899 3-Feb-1971 The Killing
Howard Keel
Actor
13-Apr-1919 7-Nov-2004 Clayton Farlow on Dallas
Mike Mazurki
Actor
25-Dec-1907 9-Dec-1990 Murder, My Sweet
Monty Woolley
Actor
17-Aug-1888 6-May-1963 The Man Who Came to Dinner

CAST

Howard Keel   ...   Hadji (poet)
Ann Blyth   ...   Marsinah (Hadji's daughter)
Dolores Gray   ...   Lalume (Wazir's wife)
Vic Damone   ...   Caliph
Monty Woolley   ...   Omar Khayyam
Sebastian Cabot   ...   Wazir
Jay C. Flippen   ...   Jawan
Mike Mazurki   ...   Chief Policeman
Jack Elam   ...   Hassan-Ben
Ted de Corsia   ...   Police subaltern
Reiko Sato   ...   1st Princess of Ababu
Patricia Dunn   ...   2nd Princess of Ababu
Wonci Lui   ...   3rd Princess of Ababu
Julie Robinson   ...   Zubbediya

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