Kismet (1920 film)

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Kismet
GuidoDeiroKismetCoverSheet.jpg
sheet music cover with film scenes
Directed by Louis J. Gasnier
Written by Edward Knoblock (play)
Charles E. Whittaker (scenario)
Starring Otis Skinner
Cinematography Tony Gaudio
Glen MacWilliams
Joseph du Bray
Production
  company
Waldorf Film Corporation
Distributed by Robertson-Cole
Release date(s)
  • November 14, 1920 (1920-11-14)
Running time 5 reels
Country United States
Language Silent film
(English intertitles)

Kismet (1920) is a silent film version of the 1911 play Kismet by Edward Knoblock, starring Otis Skinner and Elinor Fair, and directed by Louis J. Gasnier.

Skinner's daughter, author Cornelia Otis Skinner, plays a small role. This version was released by Robertson-Cole Distributing Company, and was released on VHS by Grapevine Video.[1] In New England the distribution of the film was handled by Joseph P. Kennedy who organized a successful premiere in Boston.[2]

Skinner filmed the play again in a 1930 talkie. This film is lost but its Vitaphone soundtrack survives.

Cast[edit]

  • Otis Skinner - Hajj the Beggar
  • Rosemary Theby - Kut-al-Kulub
  • Elinor Fair - Marsinah
  • Marguerite Comont - Nargis
  • Nicholas Dunaew - Nasir
  • Herschell Mayall - Jawan
  • Fred Lancaster - Zayd
  • Leon Bary - Caliph Abdullah
  • Sidney Smith - Jester
  • Hamilton Revelle - Wazir Mansur
  • Tom Kennedy - Kutayt
  • Sam Kaufman - Amru
  • Emmett King - Wazir Abu Bakr
  • Fanny Ferrari - Gulnar
  • Emily Seville - Kabirah

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kismet at silentera.com
  2. ^ Beauchamp p. 37-38

Bibliography[edit]

  • Beauchamp, Cari. Joseph P. Kennedy's Hollywood Years. Faber and Faber, 2009

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