Kismet (1930)

USA, 1930
90m, 2515 metres, 10 reels
35mm film [spherical version], 65mm film, Vitascope, black and white, 1.37:1 [35 mm version], 2.13:1 [65mm version]
mono, English

An American fantasy film directed by John Francis Dillon.

Plot Summary

The beggar Hajj plots to marry his daughter off to royalty.


Directed by: John Francis Dillon
A First National-Vitaphone picture controlled by Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
Produced by: Robert North
Adaptation and Dialogue: Howard Estabrook
Play: Edward Knoblock
Director of Photography: John Seitz
Editor: Al Hall
Music: Leon Rosebrook, Edward Ward
Sound Recordist: Joseph I. Kane
Western Electric Sound System

Otis Skinner (Hajj)
Loretta Young (Marsinah)
David Manners (Caliph Abdallah)
Sidney Blackmer (Wazir Mansur)
Mary Duncan (Zeleekha)
Montagu Love (the jailer)
Ford Sterling (Amru)
Theodore von Eltz (the guide Nazir)
John St. Polis (the imam Mahmud)
Edmund Breese (Jawan)
Blanche Frederici (Narjis)
Richard Carlyle (the muezzin)
John Sheehan (Kazim)
Otto Hoffman (Azaf)

Alternative Titles

Gouden slavenketenen – Dutch title
Il mendicante di Bagdad – Italy
A Vingança do Califa – Portuguese title



  • The Picturegoer vol.1 no.17 (19 September 1931) p.22 – review