Kismet (1920 film)

Kismet (1920) is an American silent film version of the 1911 play Kismet by Edward Knoblock, starring Otis Skinner and Elinor Fair, and directed by Louis J. Gasnier.

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Directed byLouis J. Gasnier
Written byCharles E. Whittaker (scenario)
Based onKismet
by Edward Knoblock
StarringOtis Skinner
CinematographyTony Gaudio
Glen MacWilliams
Joseph du Bray
Waldorf Film Corporation
Distributed byRobertson-Cole
Release date
  • November 14, 1920 (1920-11-14)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Skinner's daughter, author Cornelia Otis Skinner, plays a small role. This version was released by Robertson-Cole Distributing Company, and was released on VHS by Grapevine Video.[1] In New England the distribution of the film was handled by Joseph P. Kennedy who organized a successful premiere in Boston.[2]

Skinner filmed the play again in a 1930 talkie. This film is lost but its Vitaphone soundtrack survives.



  1. Progressive Silent Film List: Kismet at
  2. Beauchamp pp. 37-38


  • Beauchamp, Cari. Joseph P. Kennedy's Hollywood Years. Faber and Faber, 2009
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