It’s not just a musical! Kismet was a stage play and a silent film first. This version stars popular theatrical leading man Otis Skinner. It’s surprisingly good (silent Hollywood was rather hit-and-miss with Arabian Nights-style tales) thanks largely to the enthusiasm of Mr. Skinner. The rest of the cast overacts shamelessly but he still manages to steal the show.Continue reading “Fun Size Review: Kismet (1920)”
Tantrums are highly underrated. A correctly timed one can put your point across rather nicely. Of course, a badly timed one will make you look like a nut. Know the difference
Rosemary Theby is teaching Elinor Fair a lesson she won’t soon forget! This is from Kismet, which was based on the play of the same name that inspired the stage musical and its subsequent movie adaptation. There was also a version with Ronald Colman and Marlene Dietrich in the mix. The silent version is all but forgotten but I think it is the best of the lot, that is, if you go in for a bit of Arabian Nights-style entertainment.
It’s a lot of fun and well worth watching, if for no other reason than seeing where The Sheik ripped off title cards. (You can read my review of Kismet here.)
This knowledge does not stop me from finding this scene hilarious.
Otis Skinner’s beggar posed as a rich man and Rosemary Theby’s aging beauty romances him to teach her husband a thing or two. This GIF is taken from the point when Rosemary discovers her error and dumps Otis. The situation is intentionally humorous but it is also funny due to Theby’s overwrought acting and shifts in language.
A beggar, a caliph and a bandit find themselves enmeshed in a very strange adventure. Secret romances, revenge and murder all play a part. With a scruffy protagonist and the love story pushed to the background, you can think of this as the un-Sheik of silent films.