Sunday, December 29, 2013

My Mother-in-Law is an Angel حماتي ملاك Ismail Yasseen 1960 Egyptian one-sheet

My Mother-in-Law Is an Angel (1960) - (Ismail Yasseen) Egyptian one-sheet

Pictured is an undated Egyptian rerelease poster designed by an unknown artist to promote the 1960 Essa Karama 109-minute black-and-white film My Mother-in-Law Is an Angel [hamati malak] starring Ismail Yasseen as Khamis based on a story by Essa Karama with screenplay and dialogue by Abdel Fattah El-Said and cinematography by Satrollah Karama. Plot summary: Khamis the undertaker asked his girlfriend the maid Bar'u'a [Khayria Ahmed] to tell him about it if there were deaths in any of the homes where she worked so he could make the funeral arrangements. The maid told him her boss Sabri [Youssef Fakhr Eddine] had died of grief because of what his mother-in-law Fayeqa Hanem [Marie Munib] had done to him, and his wife was in mourning. Khamis went to the home to make the necessary funeral arrangements without knowing that Sabri was only pretending to be dead on the advice of his friend Kamal [Kamal Hussein] to get revenge against the mother-in-law and so he could find out how much his wife Samia [Amal Farid] loved him. Sabri also tried to frighten his mother-in-law by pretending to be his own ghost. In a comedic mishap Khamis knocked the supposedly dead Sabri unconscious, then put him in a cupboard and replaced it with another cupboard; when he was accused of losing the corpse he tried to find the original cupboard in a cinematic shell game with many identical antique cupboards similar to the one shown on the poster, in a hotel and at a furniture auction. When Samia tried to kill herself Sabri knew how much she loved him so he stopped pretending to be dead and hurried back home, where the mother-in-law went through a final scare scene when he reappeared.

Cast and crew: Essa Karama, Ismail Yasseen, Abdel Fattah El-Sayed, Marie Munib, Amal Farid, Youssef Fakhr Eddine, Khayria Ahmed, Mohamed Nabih, Satrollah Karama, Abdel Fattah El-Said, Kamal Hussein, Al-Doktor Shadid, Bijou, Abdel Hamid Badawi, Adib al-Tarabolsi, Mary Ezzedine

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