Kismet


Kismet
   Edward Knoblock's three-act play, which opened on 25 December 1911 for 184 performances at the Knickerbocker Theatre (following a successful run in London), is mostly remembered as the source for the 1953 musical of the same name, adapted by Charles Lederer and Luther Davis, with lyrics by Richard Wright and a score adapted by George Forrest from Aleksandr Borodin's music. The musical ran for 583 performances and was successful again in 1978 with an all-AFRicAN American cast under the title Timbuktu. Set in ancient Baghdad, Kismet focuses on Hajj the poet, who is arrested and reluctantly agrees to the Wazir's demand that he kill the Caliph Abdullah. Hajj fails to kill the Caliph and is thrown into the same cell with an old enemy, Sheik Jawan. Hajj kills the sheik and steals his identity, escaping in the sheik's clothing. Hajj saves his daughter, Marsinah, from the harem of the Wazir, whom he drowns in the process. Meanwhile, the Caliph, who loves Marsinah, succeeds in wooing her in the guise of a gardener. With the Wazir dead, the Caliph must by law banish Hajj, but chooses to look the other way when Hajj returns to the city to live simply as a poet. Otis Skinner won praise as Hajj, also appearing in the 1920 and 1930 motion picture versions. A lavish film version in 1944 starred Ronald Colman and Marlene Dietrich. Kismet proved a gold mine for producers Marc Klaw and Abraham Erlanger, in association with Charles Frohman.

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  • Kismet — may refer to:* Destiny, a predetermined course of eventsEntertainmenttage* Kismet (musical)Film* Kismet (1930 film), starring Loretta Young and Otis Skinner * Kismet (1932 film), Hindi film directed by Baburao Patel * Kismet (1943 film), Hindi… …   Wikipedia

  • Kismet — (von türkisch „Kısmet“, aus arabisch ‏قسمة‎, DMG qisma) bezeichnet: die Vorstellung über das Schicksal im muslimischen Kulturraum Kismet (Sniffer), passiver WLAN Sniffer zum Aufspüren von Funknetzwerken Kismet (Kansas), Stadt in den… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Kismet — es un sniffer, un husmeador de paquetes, y un sistema de detección de intrusiones para redes inalámbricas 802.11. Kismet funciona con cualquier tarjeta inalámbrica que soporte el modo de monitorización raw, y puede rastrear tráfico 802.11b,… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Kismet — Sn (das dem Menschen zugeteilte) Schicksal per. Wortschatz exot. (19. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus türk. kismet, dieses aus arab. qismah (eigentlich Zugeteiltes ).    Ebenso nndl. kismet, ne. kismet. arab …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • kismet — KÍSMET s.n. (În islamism) Destin, fatalitate, soartă, voinţa lui Alah. (cf. germ. Kismet) Trimis de tavi, 17.07.2004. Sursa: MDN  kísmet s. n. Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic …   Dicționar Român

  • Kismet — Kismet, KS U.S. city in Kansas Population (2000): 484 Housing Units (2000): 172 Land area (2000): 0.230809 sq. miles (0.597793 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.230809 sq. miles (0.597793 sq. km) …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Kismet, KS — U.S. city in Kansas Population (2000): 484 Housing Units (2000): 172 Land area (2000): 0.230809 sq. miles (0.597793 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.230809 sq. miles (0.597793 sq. km) FIPS code …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • kismet — (n.) fate, destiny, 1834, from Turkish qismet, from Arabic qismah, qismat portion, lot, fate, from root of qasama he divided. From a nation of enthusiasts and conquerors, the Osmanlis became a nation of sleepers and smokers. They came into Europe …   Etymology dictionary

  • kismet — kìsmet (kr̀smet) m DEFINICIJA isl. prema islamu, što je Alah odredio, a ne može se izbjeći; sudbina, udes ETIMOLOGIJA tur. kısmet ← arap. qismä …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • kismet — [kiz′met, kis′met] n. [Turk kısmet < Ar qisma(t), a portion, lot, fate < qasama, to divide] fate; destiny …   English World dictionary

  • Kismet — Kis met, n. [Per. qismat.] Destiny; fate. [Written also {kismat}.] [Oriental] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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