Fun Size Review: Kismet (1920)

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.

The plot concerns a beggar who wants bloody revenge on his enemy and a nice husband for his daughter. The usual, in short.

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
Our hero kills his enemy and gets his daughter married off to royalty but is forced into exile. Oh well, tomorrow is another day.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Apple Ugly Cake. It didn’t look promising but it turned out to be quite tasty.

Availability: Released on DVD.


  1. Jennifer Redmond

    I was curious as to what you thought of Rosemary Theby’s performance (since I wrote a chapter on her, book plug, hint hint). I followed to your full review and see you basically agreed with the critics. Poor ol’ Glub-Glub-Plink.

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