Sunday, January 19, 2014

Samara [سمارة] - (Taheya Cariocca) - (1956)

Samaraa (Taheya Cariocca) (1956) Egyptian film poster

Shown here is a 27" x 39" undated rerelease poster designed by an unknown artist for the 1956 139-minute Hassan El-Seify black-and-white film Samara starring Taheya Cariocca based on story and screenplay by Mahmoud Ismail with dialogue by Abdel Moneim El-Sebai and cinematography by Mahmoud Nasr. Plot summary: This is an Egyptian noir style crime thriller, featuring a classy 1952 Packard Mayfair convertible as an Egyptian gang's vehicle of choice for its various criminal errands. Soltan [Mahmoud Ismail] was a big-time smuggler who loved Samara [Taheya Cariocca]. He married her and drew her into his criminal affairs; she became influential in the affairs of his gang. When the police sent an escaped convict named Abu Shefa [Mohsen Sarhan] into their midst as an informer, Samara fell in love with him. After Samara flirted with him playfully at a nightclub, Soltan's boss Wagih [Mahmoud El-Meliguy] also fell in love with Samara, although she did not feel the same way about him. Wagih, Samara and Soltan went to Suez together to receive a shipment of smuggled hashish. The police followed them there and monitored their activities. When the police were closing in later for a final arrest in Cairo they shot Samara while she was in Abu Shefa's arms.

Cast and crew: Hassan El-Seify, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Seraj Munir, El Sayed Bedeir, Stephan Rosti, Taheya Cariocca, Mohsen Sarhan, Mahmoud Ismail, Mahmoud Nasr, Abdel Moneim Ismail, Abdel Aziz Khalil, Reyad El Kasabgy, Mohammed Tawfik, Mohammed Dib, Shafik Noureddin, Gamalat Zayed, Fouad Gafaar, Hussein Ismail, Awatef Youssef, Mohsen Hassanein, Abdel Moneim El-Sebai



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