Director: Louis J. Gasnier Cast: Otis Skinner, Rosemary Theby, Elinor Fair


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This first film version of the Edward Knoblock theatrical chestnut Kismet stars the actor who made the play famous (and virtually his life's work): Otis Skinner. As he had so many times before, Skinner plays Hajj, the Arabian Nights beggar-magician who enjoys the amorous attentions of the wazir's wife. Hajj manages to secure his daughter's marriage to the young caliph, rid the land of the evil wazir, and bedeck himself in splendiferous clothing, all between sunrise and sunset. Otis Skinner was 61 when he appeared in this film, and looks it; he also looked his age ten years later when he starred in the first sound version of Kismet. Nonetheless, he carries off his trademarked role with the energy and aplomb of a man half (nay, one-third) his age. Though primitively directed by Louis J. Gasnier, Kismet was one of the first significant successes for the young production firm Robertson-Cole, which later matriculated into RKO Radio Pictures.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2011
UPC: 0842614101748
Original Release: 1920
Source: Grapevine Video
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [silent]
Sales rank: 55,369

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Otis Skinner Hajj the Beggar
Rosemary Theby Kut-al-Kulub
Elinor Fair Marsinah
Mathilde Comont Marjis
Nicholas Dunaew Guide Nasir
Herschel Mayall Sheikh Jawan
Frederick Lancaster Zayd
Leon Bary The Caliph Abdalla
Hamilton Revelle The Wazir Mansur
Paul Weigel Afife
Sid Smith Jester
Cornelia Otis Skinner Miskah
Georgia Woodthorpe Maid to Gulnar
Jimmie Adams Chamberlain
Sam Kaufman Amru
Harry Lorraine Muezzin
Emmett C. King The Wazir Abu Bakr
Frederick Peters Actor
Bob Evans Actor
Tom Kennedy Actor

Technical Credits
Louis J. Gasnier Director
Joseph A. Dubray Cinematographer
Tony Gaudio Cinematographer
Glen MacWilliams Cinematographer
Charles E. Whittaker Screenwriter

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