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Omar Khayyam Details


Frank Freeman Jr., son of the longtime head of Paramount Pictures, made his debut as producer with the opulent but empty Omar Khayyam. Cornel Wilde stars as the legendary Persian poet, here depicted as not only a philosopher but a scientist, politician and great lover. As the Persians gear up for war against the Byzantines, Omar occupies his time by romancing Sharain (Debra Paget), the favorite wife of the Shah (Raymond Massey). He also does his best to foil a plan by Hasani (Michael Rennie), leader of the Cult of Assassins, to murder the royal family. While many of the characters and events are based on fact, it is difficult to believe the story or the dialogue for more than ten minutes at a stretch. Singer Yma Sumac, then famous for her four-and-a-half octave vocal range, is somehow woven into the proceedings. When Omar Khayyam laid an egg at the box-office, a Hollywood wit, taking into consideration the Southern heritage of Frank Freeman Jr., assessed the results as "A loaf of bread, a bottle of coke and you-all." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Cornel Wilde
as Omar Khayyam
Michael Rennie
as Hasani
Debra Paget
as Sharain
Raymond Massey
as The Shah
John Derek
as Malik the Young Prince
Maggie Hayes
as Zarada
Sebastian Cabot
as Nizam
Perry Lopez
as Prince Ahmud
Morris Ankrum
as Imam Mowaffak
Abraham Sofaer
as Tutush
Edward Platt
as Jayhan
James Griffith
as Buzorg
Henry Brandon
as 1st Commander
Kem Dibbs
as Tutush Bodyguard
Paul Picerni
as Commander
John Abbott
as Yusuf
Len Hendry
as Courier
Joyce Meadows
as Harem Girl
Dale Van Sickel
as Officer
Joyce Meadows
as Harem Girl
Len Hendry
as Courier
John Abbott
as Yusuf


William Dieterle
Ernest Laszlo
Victor Young
Featured Music
Everett Douglas
Hal Pereira
Art Director
Ralph Jester
Costume Designer
John P. Fulton
Special Effects
Farciot Edouart
Special Effects