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Kismet (1955) (MOD)

This musical follows one fateful, fabulous day as a beggar-poet and his daughter cross paths with a wazir, a temptress, a prince, a curse, opulent sets and exotic adventure.

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Kismet (1955)
 
4.4

(based on 5 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Entertaining (4)
  • Action-packed (3)
  • Classic style (3)
  • Engaging (3)
  • Funny (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Entertainment (4)
  • Education (3)
  • Everyone (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Movie buff (5), Collector (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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4.0

Not Since Nineveh, Not Since Tyre, etc.

By Nick at Nite

from San Mateo, CA

About Me Collector, Movie Buff

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Action-packed
  • Classic
  • Engaging
  • Entertaining
  • Funny

Cons

  • Never Boring

Best Uses

  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Everyone

Comments about Kismet (1955):

This ravishingly beautiful (to gaze in wonder upon) Technicolor send up based on the Broadway sensation, which, in turn, was based on the 1944 MGM classic (gaze in wonder upon my review of that film) will have you believing in every quirk and twist of fate, or, "Kismet". As Hajj (Keel) the lowest of a lowly born poet, beggar, rogue and thief delights in his daughter Marsinah (Blythe):who dreams only of "baubles, bangles & bright shiny beads" and making her dreamer of a father happy, even if that means becoming the bride of the Caliph (Damone; not a bad deal in the bargain). There's really only one malcontent who stands in Hajj's way of fulfilling the dream he has for his daughter, the Grand Wazir (hilariously played by Cabot). The best performance however is submitted by (Broadway and screen sensation) Gray as Lalume, especially when she breaks into song and dance to the lively musical number "Not Since Nineveh"!

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  • Yes
 
4.0

Not Since Nineveh, Not Since Tyre, etc.

By Nick at Nite

from San Mateo, CA

About Me Collector, Movie Buff

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Action-packed
  • Classic
  • Engaging
  • Entertaining
  • Funny

Cons

  • Virtually Con-free

Best Uses

  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Everyone

Comments about Kismet (1955):

This ravishingly beautiful (to gaze in wonder upon) Technicolor send up based on the Broadway sensation, which, in turn, was based on the 1944 MGM classic (gaze in wonder upon my review of that film) will have you believing in every quirk and twist of fate, or, "Kismet". As Hajj (Keel) the lowest of a lowly born poet, beggar, rogue and thief delights in his daughter Marsinah (Blythe):who dreams only of "baubles, bangles & bright shiny beads" and making her dreamer of a father happy, even if that means becoming the bride of the Caliph (Damone; not a bad deal in the bargain). There's really only one malcontent who stands in Hajj's way of fulfilling the dream he has for his daughter, the Grand Wazir (hilariously played by Cabot). The best performance however is submitted by (Broadway and screen sensation) Gray as Lalume, especially when she breaks into song and dance to the lively musical number "Not Since Nineveh"!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
 
4.0

Not Since Nineveh, Not Since Tyre, etc.

By Nick at Nite

from San Mateo, CA

About Me Collector, Movie Buff

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Action-packed
  • Classic
  • Engaging
  • Entertaining
  • Funny

Cons

  • Never Boring Everyone

Best Uses

  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Everyone

Comments about Kismet (1955):

This ravishingly beautiful (to gaze in wonder upon) Technicolor send up based on the Broadway sensation, which, in turn, was based on the 1944 MGM classic (gaze in wonder upon my review of that film) will have you believing in every quirk and twist of fate, or, "Kismet". As Hajj (Keel) the lowest of a lowly born poet, beggar, rogue and thief delights in his daughter Marsinah (Blythe):who dreams only of "baubles, bangles & bright shiny beads" and making her dreamer of a father happy, even if that means becoming the bride of the Caliph (Damone; not a bad deal in the bargain). There's really only one malcontent who stands in Hajj's way of fulfilling the dream he has for his daughter, the Grand Wazir (hilariously played by Cabot). The best performance however is submitted by (Broadway and screen sensation) Gray as Lalume, especially when she breaks into song and dance to the lively musical number "Not Since Nineveh"!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful Transfer

By bj

from New York, NY

About Me Movie Buff

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Entertaining

Cons

  • Uneven

Best Uses

  • Entertainment

Comments about Kismet (1955):

This is a gorgeous transfer especially if you're used to seeing the drab dvd. Colors are crisp and sharp.

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  • No

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Way Better Than Its Rep

By Bill

from Lakewood, CO

About Me Movie Buff

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Dialogue
  • Music
  • Sets And Costumes
  • Singing

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Theater

    Comments about Kismet (1955):

    Why does this movie have such a poor reputation? It has glorious music (including three songs that made the hit parade), eye-dazzling sets (par for Vincente Minnelli), lively dialogue (especially from Keel and Gray) and top-notch singing by the entire cast. What more could you ask of an MGM musical? Well, you could ask for a sharp and colorful blu-ray transfer of the CinemaScope image. And that's exactly what you get in this superb WAC release...plus a fine stereo soundtrack...plus all of the extras from the DVD...plus the same 31 chapter markers as the DVD...plus English subtitles...plus a special menu that allows you to jump directly to any of the musical sequences.

    To steal a line from Gershwin...who could ask for anything more?

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