Friday, January 3, 2014

Platform Number 5 (1956) - (Farid Shawqi) رصيف نمرة ٥

Platform Number 5 (1956) - (Farid Shawqi) Egyptian one-sheet

This is a 27" x 39" undated rerelease Egyptian poster designed by Abdel Rahman to promote the 1956 101-minute Niazi Motafa black-and-white film Platform Number 5 [rasif nemra khamsa] starring Farid Shawqi based on a story by Farid Shawqi with screenplay by El Sayed Bedair, Niazi Mostafa and Barti Mostafa, dialogue by El Sayed Bedeir and cinematography by Alvisy Orphanily. Plot summary: A gang was smuggling heroin through the port of Alexandria and Navy Sergeant Khamis [Farid Shawqi (1920-1998)] was trying to catch them. The gang tricked Khamis with a telephone call and caused him to leave his post. While he was away from his post the gang stole his rifle, which resulted in him being discharged from the navy. One night one of the gang members named Basyouni [Zaki Rostom (1903-1972)] killed Khamis's wife, but the killing was witnessed by a mute maid. The killer was also smuggling heroin with the help of homing pigeons. In the meantime Khamis had fallen in love with a singer in a bar [Hoda Soltan (1925-2006)]; after catching the killer/smuggler, Khamis married her and was reinstated in the navy after it was determined that what he had done was in the line of duty. When this film was made Farid Shawqi and Hoda Soltan were already married (1951) in real life.

Cast and crew: Farid Shawqi, Niazi Mostafa, Hoda Soltan, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Zaki Rostom, Alvisy Orphanily, Fakher Fakher, Malak El Gamal, Soliman Gendy, Naima Wasfy, El Sayed Bedeir, Barti Mostafa, Abdel Ghani al Sayed, Anwar Zaki

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