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First National also produced a German-language version, with the same title, in 1931 (See Entry). That version was directed by William Dieterle and starred Gustac Fröhlich and Dita Parlo. Noted stage actor Otis Skinner (1858--1942), who created the role of "Hajj" on Broadway, previously had played the role in a 1920 silent film (See Entry). The 1920 and 1930 versions of Kismet marked Skinner's only feature film appearances. For information on other adaptations of the story, please consult the entry below for the 1944 M-G-M production of Kismet , directed by William Dieterle and starring Ronald Colman and Marlene ... More Less

First National also produced a German-language version, with the same title, in 1931 (See Entry). That version was directed by William Dieterle and starred Gustac Fröhlich and Dita Parlo. Noted stage actor Otis Skinner (1858--1942), who created the role of "Hajj" on Broadway, previously had played the role in a 1920 silent film (See Entry). The 1920 and 1930 versions of Kismet marked Skinner's only feature film appearances. For information on other adaptations of the story, please consult the entry below for the 1944 M-G-M production of Kismet , directed by William Dieterle and starring Ronald Colman and Marlene Dietrich. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
2 Nov 1930.
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New York Times
31 Oct 1930
p. 20.
Variety
5 Nov 1930
p. 23.
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 October 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 30 October 1920
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
28 December 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1877
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Widescreen/ratio
65mm, Vitascope
Duration(in mins):
87
Length(in feet):
8,253
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Hajj, beggar and thief, schemes with a guide to obtain gold from the famous bandit, the White Sheik, who is searching for his long-lost son; but Hajj recognizes the White Sheik as his enemy, Jawan, and refuses the guide his share; and the guide has Hajj arrested. Mansur, the Wazir of Police, offers Hajj the choice of losing his hand and his daughter, Marsinah, or assassinating the caliph. Saved from Hajj's dagger by his coat of mail, the caliph sends the beggar to prison, where he encounters Jawan, kills his enemy, exchanges clothing, and is released. Hajj is soon again in Mansur's clutches for trying to spirit his daughter from the wazir's harem, but Hajj kills Mansur (Jawan's son) just as the caliph enters. Rather than receiving further punishment, Hajj is released--for the caliph, who has disguised himself as his gardener's son, is about to marry ... +


Hajj, beggar and thief, schemes with a guide to obtain gold from the famous bandit, the White Sheik, who is searching for his long-lost son; but Hajj recognizes the White Sheik as his enemy, Jawan, and refuses the guide his share; and the guide has Hajj arrested. Mansur, the Wazir of Police, offers Hajj the choice of losing his hand and his daughter, Marsinah, or assassinating the caliph. Saved from Hajj's dagger by his coat of mail, the caliph sends the beggar to prison, where he encounters Jawan, kills his enemy, exchanges clothing, and is released. Hajj is soon again in Mansur's clutches for trying to spirit his daughter from the wazir's harem, but Hajj kills Mansur (Jawan's son) just as the caliph enters. Rather than receiving further punishment, Hajj is released--for the caliph, who has disguised himself as his gardener's son, is about to marry Marsinah +

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Sub-genre:
Historical


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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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