This week’s episode features Windy’s beloved Howard Keel and the gorgeous melodies of Borodin – it’s KISMET!
Mike and Vinnie literally had no idea this movie even existed. And yet…
The Broadway musical ran for over 500 performances. When the film production was announced, the biggest stars of the day vied for the leading role of Hajj. It features the exciting choreography of Jack Cole, the father of modern jazz dance. All this, and the musical has been largely forgotten by modern audiences.
Seek this one out, Jazz Hams! Howard Keel positive revels in the wily charms of the Poet. And his wiles are more than matched by the arched side-eye of Dolores Gray. Throw in Vincente Minelli’s eye-popping palette, and you’ll find yourself swept away by its sensuous, sly, and silly chams.
Rating: 6.3/10 (1,223 votes)
Director: Vincente Minnelli, Stanley Donen
Writer: Charles Lederer (screenplay), Luther Davis (screenplay), Charles Lederer (adapted from the musical play "Kismet": book by), Luther Davis (adapted from the musical play "Kismet": book by), Edward Knoblock (founded on "Kismet" by)
Stars: Howard Keel, Ann Blyth, Dolores Gray, Vic Damone
Runtime: 113 min
Genre: Adventure, Musical, Fantasy, Comedy, Romance
Released: 23 Dec 1955
Plot: A roguish poet is given the run of the scheming Wazir's harem while pretending to help him usurp the young caliph.