The Count of Monte Cristo (1951) - (Anwar Wagdi) Egyptian 5' x 10.5' billboard
Pictured here is a 5-foot by 10-foot six-sheet Egyptian billboard poster designed by Abdel Rahman to promote the 1951 161-minute Henry Barakat black-and-white film The Count of Monte Cristo [amir al-enteqam] based on the 1844 novel by Alexandre Dumas with screenplay and adaptation by Henry Barakat, dialogue by Youssef Gohar and Youssef Esa and cinematograpny by Giulio De Luca. Plot summary: Hassan Al-Helali [Anwar Wagdi] was a noble sailor who was captured on his wedding night in a plot by his four enemies [Farid Shawqi, Seraj Munir, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Hussein Riad] and thrown into prison without trial or accusation; he remained in prison for many years. In prison he met an old man named Sheikh Galal who had been there for nine years; Sheikh Galal told Hassan where a treasure was hidden and then died. Hassan escaped from prison and found the treasure. He then began planning his revenge against the people who put him in prison. He fell in love with a dancer named Zomorouda [Samia Gamal] who helped him get his revenge and then married him.
Cast and crew: Henry Barakat, Anwar Wagdi, Samia Gamal, Madiha Yousri, Kamal al-Shennawi. Seraj Munir, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Farid Shawqi, Hussein Riad, Ali Al-Kassar, Giulio De Luca, Youssef Gohar, Youssef Esa, Reyad El Kasabgy, Abdel Rahim El Zarkani, Zaki Ibrahim, Abdel Aziz Ahmed