Friday, November 15, 2013

Hero until the End (1963) - (Farid Shawqi) [بطل للنهاية]

Hero until the End [بطل للنهاية batal lil-nehaya] (1963) - (Farid Shawqi) Egyptian film poster

Shown here is a 27" x 39" undated Egyptian rerelease poster designed by Magdi William to promote the 111-minute 1963 Houssam El-Din Mustafa black-and-white film Hero until the End [بطل للنهاية batal lil-nehaya] starring Farid Shawqi based on story, screenplay and dialogue by Ali El Zorkani with cinematography by Klelio. Plot summary: Hafiz Amin was a big contractor and president of a charity organization for the support of children whose members had to share the expenses the organization incurred while achieving its objectives. However Hafiz Amin was actually the leader of a gang that kidnapped children from wealthy families and held them for ransom. Most of them paid with the exception of Shukry, who refused. When they threatened to kidnap his son, Shukry decided to leave Alexandria and live in Cairo, far from the gang. However Rashad, one of the gang members, followed him on a desert road and overturned the automobile in which he and his family had been riding. All the occupants were killed except the child who had been the object of the kidnapping. Hafiz Amin adopted the child for self-promotion. Then he threatened to kidnap Elham, the daughter of an engineer named Mohammad Abduh. His wife Ehsan advised him to pay the ransom, but he refused and notified the police, who got Ibrahim to join the gang to learn the truth about its leader. Ibrahim had been living a quiet life with his wife Fatima and his son Hussein since his release from prison. Hussein was blind and in need of an urgent operation. Officer Nazim promised Ibrahim enough money for his son's operation if he succeeded in helping, and he did succeed. The police finally arrested the gang and its leader.

Cast and crew: Ali El Zorkani, Houssam El-Din Mustafa, Klelio, Farid Shawqi, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Laila Taher, Tewfik El Dekn, Zein El-Ashmawy, Nazim Shaarawy, Mohamed El Dafrawy, Abdel Abdi al-Araby, Wagdy El-Araby, Ekram Azu, Nahed Samir, Lutfi Abdel Hamid

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