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Expensive, but average
- Chris A.
"Kismet" was Hollywood's belated answer to London Films' "Thief of Bagdad," but without that movie's poetry, mystique, awe, and wonder. Ronald Colman hams it up a bit as the prince of beggars, and Marlene Dietrich seems quite out of place. I would not be surprised if Conrad Veidt were originally asked to play the Colman role, and June Duprez that of his daughter, and John Justin the man whom she loves, since they were all in "Thief" together. "Kismet" is dazzlingly colorful, but it doesn't have much of a story....and Coleman's character simply talks too much (until the end when he gets a brief 'action' scene). Not really worth seeking out.
What an expensive dud. Theres poor aging Ronald Colman a great actor wasted, trying his best to do a Douglas Fairbanks Sr. imitation aided by none other the Original Lilly Von Stoop herself. The color film used in this turkey, should have gone to the war effort. The sets are typical sound stage props ala Brigadoon left over back drops. Every time Marlene opened her mouth I Laughed and thought Madeline khan. The magic show was so blatantly cut film( magic tricks) it was embarrassing to watch. And Hugh Herbert still doing his only remembered tired out gag, well well well, who who who, Enough already. Think Ill go walk the dog Again .
- PFT Dave
Loved this movie. Ronald Coleman, Marlena Dietrich, Baghdad, Arabian Knights, what more can you ask? Very entertaining!
the story is not great..not horrible..just not special. the best thing about it are the two leads. the female lead was a super star in a day of stars. people like her..you put them in anything and so many people would go see it. she had star power. movie star..fashion icon and a world war two hero. not too shabby for a body of work.when people still piggyback off what you did more than 50 years ago..you still deserve to be called a legend.
- Mr. Blandings
This film is sort of a mini-epic, but it's entertaining to see the great Ronald Colman let loose with that wonderful, melodic voice of his in a truly different role for him. Edward Arnold is a pleasure to watch as the corrupt Grand Vizier, and James Craig did a good job as the Caliph. Even Marlene Dietrich turned in a surprisingly decent performance as Jamilla, although her gold-legged dance scene -- made up of a series of shakey and spasmodic moves -- went on way too long and was downright embarassing to watch.
I wish this were better. Loved Bates.
once I began watching this movie I couldn't stop watching it. I loved it i'll watch it again and again. Old movie lover.
MGM's "Arabian" Fantasy...
- Ben Burgraff
With the drama of WWII unfolding, Hollywood studios all mounted elaborate 'escapist' fantasies, both for American audiences, and for our soldiers, overseas. "Kismet" was MGM's huge technicolor contribution, with favorites Ronald Colman and Marlene Dietrich as the leads. Both had been offscreen for two years, entertaining troops, and this tale of the 'King of Beggars' wooing a Vizier's consort, in disguise, was certainly intended as grand entertainment rather than an Oscar contender! Colman mugs outrageously, Dietrich's gold-painted legs get more attention than her performance, but the end result is still very entertaining and great fun, with colorful sets, witty dialogue, and a happy ending, of course!
I loved Kismet. It's got a fun combination of intrigue, humor and romance with appealing stars and beautiful music, including my personal favorite Stranger in Paradise. Highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys romantic musicals set to an Arabian Nights theme.