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This fourth film version of the warhorse Edward Knoblock theatrical piece Kismet was based on the Broadway musical version of the same property. Howard Keel stars as Hadji, the poet of old Baghdad, who goes from beggar to millionaire in a single day. Hadji's daughter Marsinah (Ann Blyth) falls in love with the young Caliph (Vic Damone), while Lalume (Dolores Gray), the sexy wife of the despotic Wazir (Sebastian Cabot), sets her sights on Hadji. Meanwhile, the Wazir plots and plans to topple the Caliph from the throne and to add Marsinah to his own harem. Making periodic appearances is Omar… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The heavy-handed glittering Arabian Nights musical is a great watch visually, but unfortunately the storytelling is uninspiring."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Colorful yet lackluster MGM musical spectacular."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Minnelli's weakest musical, with few redeeming qualities"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Poor film - but with some splendid musical numbers."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"...the stage play went to the screen for Minnelli to direct. However, somewhere in the translation, something got lost."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Something went a little bit wrong with this most opulent version of the hoary old Edward Knoblock play."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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