The Unlucky One [alil ol-bakht] (1971) - (Shadia) original Egyptian film poster
Pictured is a 27" x 39" original year Egyptian promotional poster designed by Hassan Mazhar Gasour to promote the 1952 119-minute Mohamed Abdel Gawad black-and-white film The Unlucky One [alil ol-bakht] starring Shadia based on story and dialogue by Zoheir Bakir with cinematography by Very Varkash. Plot summary: Hussein [Kamal Al-Shennawi], the son of Sheikh Abdel Rahman, went to Alexandria to receive knowledge. There he met a singer and dancer named Bolbola [Shadia]. He fell in love with her and was about to marry her. Bolbola's cousin Elham [Zomorda] met Hussein during a dance and later contrived to meet with him privately, where she discouraged him from marrying Bolbola because she was a girl with a past. She told him some disturbing lies about Bolbola, so for the moment Hussein gave up on her. A little while later Hussein's father lost his wealth and died and Elham became enamored of Hussin's cousin Monir [Mahmoud El-Meliguy]. She failed with this love, which caused her to collapse psychologically. She was taken to a mental hospital and Hussein had no choice but to leave Alexandria for Sudan to forget his pain. Bolbola was shocked by Hussein's trip and she drowned herself. Hussein returned to Egypt after a few years with a great longing to see Bobola. He was heartbroken when he learned she had died; then he met Bolbola's daughter [Shadia] and congratulated her on her engagement when he was told about it.
Cast and crew: Mohamed Abdel Gawad, Kamal Al-Shennawi, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Shadia, Ismail Yasseen, Zoheir Bakir, Very Varkash, Loutfi El Hakim, Zomorda, Naima Wasfy, Nour El-Demerdash, Sanaa Samih, Shafik Galal, Gamalat Zayed, Rashad Hamed, Abbas al-Wali, Abdel Hamid Badawi, Abdel Ghani al-Nagdi, Mohsen Hassanein, Ahmed Amer, Ragaa Mohamed, Soraya Hassan, Lola Abdou