It's all hokum surrounded by lavish sets, a fable brushed with rich color, but Dietrich's extraordinary performance and her Salome-like dance with her legs painted thickly with gold paint, along with Colman's satiric performance, makes KISMET good entertainment. Colman is the
beggar-magician Hafiz, a quick-witted rascal who tries to pass his daughter, Page, off as a princess so she can wed royalty. Page isn't interested since she and Craig, a gardener's son, are deeply in love. But Craig isn't really a gardener's son after all; he is the all-powerful Caliph of Baghdad,
who is in disguise so he can spy on Arnold, the local Grand Vizier who has been taxing Craig's su...