Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hamido [حميدو] (Farid Shawqi) - (1953) Egyptian film program

Hamido (1953) - (Farid Shawqi) Egyptian film program

This is a an Egyptian program folder with eight unbound collage sheets from the 1953 Niazi Mostafa film Hamido based on a story by Farid Shawqi with screenplay by El Sayed Bedeir and Niazi Mostafa, dialogue by El Sayed Bedeir, cinematography by Wahid Farid and starring Farid Shawqi as Hamido. This was quite a popular film in Egypt and original posters and other memorabilia for it are quite rare. Plot summary: Hamido was a fisherman near Alexandria who was trying to get ahead by dealing in narcotics, which was the shortest route to wealth. He joined a narcotics gang and courted a girl named Sa'dia [Hoda Soltan] who was working for his mother. She trusted him and fell in love with him, but then he raped her and started avoiding her. He regretted his promise to marry her because he had taken up with Fawzia [Taheya Cariocca] the girlfriend of the leader of his gang [Mahmoud El-Meliguy] and taken over leadership of the gang. When his mother realized Sa'dia was pregnant she threw her out of the house, but then Sa'dia told the mother the truth about her son's narcotics dealing. Hamido overheard this angry denunciation; he took Sa'dia out on a boat ride in the sea so he could drown her with her shame and be done with her. However she was later rescued by a fishing boat that happened to pass. A police agent disguised himself, infiltrated Hamido's narcotics gang and arrested them, but Hamido himself fled and was killed before he could be arrested.

Cast and crew: Niazi Mostafa, Wahid Farid, Farid Shawqi, Hoda Soltan, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Marie Munib, El Sayed Bedeir, Taheya Cariocca, Ferdoos Mohammed, Said Abu Bakr, Abdel Ghani al-Nagdi, Abdel Moneim Ismail, Mohsen Hassanein, Anwar Zaki, Hassan Hamed, Ne'mat Mokhtar, Suleiman al-Nagdi, Abdel Magid Shukry, Abdel Hamid Badawi





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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Kenneth Turan on Movie Posters in the LA Times

Finger of Guilt (1956) - (Richard Baseheart) US one-sheet

Finger of Guilt (1956) - (Richard Baseheart) US one-sheet

This is a 27" x 41" US one-sheet poster by an unknown designer for the 1956 Joseph Losey and Alec C. Snowden British noir film Finger of Guilt AKA The Intimate Stranger written by Howard Koch and starring Richard Baseheart as Reginald Wilson. Both Losey and Koch had been blacklisted when the film was made and worked under the names Joseph Walton and Peter Howard. Plot summary: Because of an affair with his boss's wife, film cutter Reggie Wilson has lost his Hollywood job. After he moves to England and creates a new career he begins receiving letters from a stalker named Evelyn Stewart [Mary Murphy]. He cannot remember her but she seems to know all about him and is making demands. Wilson wonders if he has two personalities with a second self who has another life unknown to him. The letters also take a toll on his relationship with his new wife Lesley [Faith Brook].

Cast and crew: Alec C. Snowden, Howard Koch, Richard Basehart, Mary Murphy, Constance Cummings, Roger Livesey, Faith Brook, Mervyn Johns, Vernon Greeves, Andre Mikhelson, David Lodge, Basil Dignam, Grace Denbigh Russell, Garfield Morgan, Marianne Stone, Peter Veness, Frederic Steger



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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Final Countdown (1980) - (Kirk Douglas) Spanish one-sheet

The Final Countdown (1980) - (Kirk Douglas) Spanish one-sheet

This is a 27" x 39" Spanish poster with a design derived directly from that of the US poster for the 1980 Don Taylor film the Final Countdown based on a story by Thomas Hunter, Peter Powell, David Ambrose and Gerry Davis, screenplay by Thomas Hunter and Peter Powell and starring Kirk Douglas as Captain Matthew Yelland. Plot summary: This film was made aboard the USS Nimitz super carrier in full cooperation with the US Navy, which even hung its poster in US Navy recruiting offices soon after release. The film tells the story of the Nimitz being unexpectedly caught in a time storm and then transported back to December 6 1941, the day before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. The first inkling that something strange has happened comes when the ship picks up Jack Benny and Roscoe on its AM radio. There is disagreement about whether the ship has really gone back in time until the Japanese fleet is found on its way to Pearl Harbor and two F-14s from the Nimitz shoot down two Japanese A6M Zeros.

Cast and crew: Don Taylor, Thomas Hunter, Peter Powell, David Ambrose, Gerry Davis, Kirk Douglas, Katherine Ross, Martin Sheen, Ryan O'Neal, Charles Durning, Victor Mohica, James Coleman, Soon-Tek Oh, Joe Lowry, Alvin Ing, Mark Thomas, Harold Bergman, Dan fitzgerald, Lloyd Kaufman



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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The File on Thelma Jordon (1950) - (Barbara Stanwyck) Argentine one-sheet

The File on Thelma Jordon (1950) - (Barbara Stanwyck) Argentine one-sheet

This is a 27" x 43" Argentine one-sheet for the 1950 Robert Siodmak film The File on Thelma Jordon based on story by Marty Holland, screenplay by Ketti Frings and starring Barbara Stanwyck as Thelma Jordon. This Argentine poster is directly derived from the design of the US one-sheet. Plot summary: Thelma Jordon is a clever criminal who has affairs with accomplices who can help conceal the evidence of her crimes. Assistant District Attorney Cleve Marshall [Wendell Corey] is the first to fall into to this scheme.

Cast and crew: Robert Siodmak, Marty Holland, Ketti Frings, Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, Paul Kelley, Joan Tetzel, Stanley Ridges, Richard Rober, Minor Watson, Barry Kelley, Kasey Rogers, Basil Ruysdael, Jane Novak, Gertrude Hoffman, Harry Antrim, Kate Drain Lawson, Theresa Harris



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Monday, April 13, 2015

The Fighting Lady (1944) - (dir: Edward Steichen) Argentine one-sheet

The Fighting Lady (1944) - (dir: Edward Steichen) Argentine one-sheet

This is a 29" x 43" Argentine for the 1944 Edward Steichen U.S. Navy film The Fighting Lady with narration written by John S. Martin and Eugene Ling and narrated in English by Lieutenant Robert Taylor (Charles Boyer did the French narration). Plot summary: Without calling the ship anything other than its movie name The Fighting Lady, this film chronicles the events from July 1943 to June 1944 in the life of aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in its first operations following its commissioning in 1943. This film won the 1944 Academy Award for best documentary feature. The Argentine poster design is derived directly from the US one-sheet.

Cast and crew: Edward Steichen, Eugene Ling, William Wyler, John S. Martin, Charles Boyer, Louis de Rochemont, Robert Taylor, Dixie Kiefer, Eugene Ling, Joseph J. Clark, G.E. we, John S. McCain, John Meehan, E.T. Stover



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Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Battle of Sujetska (1973) - (Richard Burton) Spanish one-sheet

The Battle of Sutjeska (1973) - (Richard Burton) Spanish one-sheet

This is a 27" x 39" Spanish poster designed by Mauro to promote the 1973 Yugoslavian film by Stipe Delic, The Battle of Sutjeska based on writing by Sergey Bondarchuk, Wolf Mankovitsch, Ugo Pirro, Branimir Scepanovic and Miljenko Smoje and starring Richard Burton as Marshal Josip Broz Tito. Plot summary: The Battle of Sutjeska, also known as the Fifth Offensive, is the story of the fight in 1943 against the occupying Nazi powers by Yugoslavian partisans in Nazi-occupied Bosnia and Hercegovina under the leadership of Marshal Tito. Although the partisans are outgunned, outnumbered and outmaneuvered, they are able to hold their own for a time in the Durmitor mountainous region, until they are surrounded by Axis forces, who outnumber them six to one. After the partisans fight their way out there is a huge battle where the partisans prevail on the plains of Sutjeska in southeastern Bosnia.

Cast and crew: Richard Burton, Irene Papas, Bert Sotlar,Sergey Bondarchuk, Wolf Mankovitsch, Ugo Pirro, Branimir Scepanovic, Miljenko Smojeka, Anton Differing, Stipe Delic", Ljuba Tadik, Velimir Zivojinovic, Milena Dravic, Boris Dvornik, Rade Markovic, Ljubisa Samardzic, Milan Puzic, Nikola-Kole Angelovski, Stole Arandjelovic, Relja Basic, Branko Spoljar, Petar Banicvic

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fellini Satyricon (1969) - (Martin Potter) Argentine one-sheet

Satyricon (1969) - (dir: Federico Fellini) Argentine one-sheet

This is a 29" x 43" Argentine one-sheet poster for the 1969 Federico Fellini film Satyricon based losely on a series of bawdy and satirical episodes from a book attributed to Gaius Petronius Arbiter written in the first century with story and screenplay by Federico Fellini, Bernardino Zapponi and Brunello Rondi and starring Martin Potter as Encolpio. Plot summary: When Encolpio's lover Gitone [Max Born] is sold to the actor Vernacchio [Fanfulla] by Ascilto [Hiram Keller], Encolpio abducts Gitone in an act of reclamation while Gitone is onstage performing with Vernacchio. After Encolpio and Gitone leave together, Ascilto follows them and persuades Gitone to come back with him. This is the first in the long series of fragmentary vignettes that comprise the film after the fashion of Petronius's book, which also survives only in fragments.

Cast and crew: Bernardino Zapponi, Brunello Rondi, Gaius Petronius Arbiter, Federico Fellini, Martin Potter, Hiram Keller, Max Born, Salvo Randone, Mario Romagnoli, Magali Noel, Capucine, Alain Cuny, Alain Cuny, Fanfulla, Danika La Loggia, Giuseppe Sanvitale, Genius, Lucia Boae, Joseph Wheeler, Hylette Adolphe



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Fellini's Orchestra Rehearsal (1978) - (dir: Federico Fellini) US one-sheet

Orchestra Rehearsal (1979) - (dir: Federico Fellini) US one-sheet

This is a 27" x 41" US one-sheet poster designed by an unknown artist for the 70-minute 1978 Federico Fellini film Orchestra Rehearsal based on screenplay by Federico Fellini from a story by Federico Fellini and Brunello Rondi and starring Balduin Baas as the conductor. Plot summary: In Rome an orchestra is holding a rehearsal in a medieval chapel, with a TV crew present to document the event. There is friendly banter among the musicians about the role and importance of the various instruments; then the conductor leads them through selected passages from works in the repertoire. There is quarrelling over conflicts between some of the things the conductor asks the musicians to do and what is allowed under union rules, and then a break in the rehearsal to relieve tension. The conductor is new to the group and his rapport with the players leaves something to be desired. After the break he returns to find the orchestra members have rallied against him.

Cast and crew: Brunello Rondi, Federico Fellini, Balduin Baas, Clara Colosimo, Elizabeth Labi, Ronaldo Bonacchi, Ferdinando Villella, Franco Iavarone, David Maunsell, Francesco Aluigi, Andy Miller, Sibyl Mostert, Franco Mazzieri, Daniele Pagani, Luigi Uzzo, Cesare Martignon, Umberto Zuanelli



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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Food of the Gods (1976) - (Marjoe Gortner) US one-sheet

The Food of the Gods (1976) - (Marjoe Gortner) US one-sheet

This is a 27" x 41" US one-sheet poster designed by Drew Struzan for the 1976 Bert I. Gordon film The Food of the Gods based on part of the H.G. Wells novel The Food of the Gods and How it Came to Earth with screenplay by Bert I. Gordon and starring Marjoe Gortner as Morgan. Plot summary: On a hunting trip on a remote Canadian island a professional football player named Morgan and his friends are attacked by a swarm of giant wasps. They find hostile giant chickens in a barn and then gradually come to the realization that the entire island is crawling with giant animals of various types. Among these are giant rats gathering to attack the intruding humans. The growth of these oversized creatures has been stimulated by an edible substance mysteriously bubbling up from the ground, which a pair of local farmers named Mr. and Mrs. Skinner [John McLiam and Ida Lupino] have begun using as livestock feed and are planning to market as dog food through a company owned by Jack Bensington [Ralph Meeker]. However the growling monster rats get Bensington before the plan can be implemented.

Cast and crew: Bert I. Gordon, Drew Struzan, H.G. Wells, Marjoe Gortner, H.G. Wells, Pamela Franklin, Ralph Meeker, Jon Cypher, Ida Lupino, Jon Cypher, John McLiam, Belinda Balaski, Tom Stovall, Chuck Courtney, Reg Tunnicliffe



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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Flim Flam Man (1967) - (George C. Scott) US one-sheet

The Flim Flam Man (1967) - (George C. Scott) US one-sheet

This is a US 27" x 41" one-sheet for the 1967 Irvin Kershner film The Flim Flam Man based on a novel by Guy Owen, screenplay by William Rose and starring George C. Scott as Mordecai Jones, the Flim Flam Man. Mordecai Jones is a confidence man and a drifter in rural Kentucky who falls in with a US Army deserter named Curley [Michael Sarrazin] and teaches him some techniques. Curley objects when Mordecai takes up car theft and running away from the police in road chases, but as a deserter his objections are short-lived; the two become clever collaborators defrauding the population.

Cast and crew: Irvin Kershner, William Rose, Guy Owen, George C. Scott, Sue Lyon, Michael Sarrazin, Harry Morgan, Alice Ghostley, Slim Pickens, Lawrence Turman, Jack Albertson, Albert Salmi, Strother Martin, Woodrow Parfrey, Jay Ose, Raymond Guth



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Monday, April 6, 2015

Flight from Ashiya (1964) - (Yul Brynner) US one-sheet

Flight from Ashiya (1964) - (Yul Brynner) US one-sheet

This is a 27" x 41" US one-sheet poster designed by Frank McCarthy for the 1964 Michael Anderson film Flight from Ashiya based on a novel by Elliott Arnold, screenplay by Elliott Arnold and Waldo Salt and starring Yul Brynner as Master Sergeant Mike Takashima. Plot summary: This film juxtaposes the solemn and altruistic vow of the US Air Force Air Rescue Service with the inner conflicts and prejudices of three of its members flying aboard a Grumman HU-16 Albatross out of Ashiya Air Base in Japan when confronted with a real-world rescue mission to save some Japanese shipwreck victims off the coast of Japan while the storm that sank their ship is still raging.

Cast and crew: Michael Anderson, Elliott Arnold, Frank McCarthy, Waldo Salt, Yul Brynner, Richard Widmark, George Chakiris, Suzy Parker, Shirley Knight, Daniele Gaubert, Eiko Taki, Joe Di Reda, Mitsuhiro Sugiyama, E.S. Ince, Andrew Hughes, William Ross, June Shelley

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Francis of Assisi (1961) - (Bradford Dillman) US one-sheet

Francis of Assisi (1961) - (Bradford Dillman) US one-sheet

This is US 21" x 41" one-sheet poster for the 1961 Michael Curtiz film Francis of Assisi based on the novel The Joyful Beggar by Louis De Wohl, screenplay by Eugene Vale, James Forsyth and Jack W. Thomas and starring Bradford Dillman as Francis Bernadone of Assisi. Plot summary: The film tells the 13th Century story of the life of Francis of Assisi, the son of a wealthy cloth merchant in Assisi, who renounces his his worldy goods to dedicate his life to God. Delores Hart plays the part of Lady Clare of Assisi, who is inspired by Francis to become a nun. Off the screen, Hart actually did become a nun at the Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut two years after the film's release. The film covers Assisi's departure from the army at the urging of an inner voice, his imprisonment for desertion, his pardon by Count Paolo of Vandria [Stuart Whitman] at Clare's behest, and then his establishment of an order with the pope's blessing.

Cast and crew: Bradford Dillman, Ludwig Von Wohl, Eugene Vale, James Forsyth, Jack W. Thomas, Michael Curtiz, Louis De Wohl, Eugene Vale, Dolores Hart, Stuart Whitman, Cecil Kellaway, Eduard Franz, Athene Seyler, Finlay Currie, Mervyn Johns, Russell Napier, John Welsh, Harold Goldblatt, Edith Sharpe, Jack Lambert, Oliver Johnston, Malcolm Keen, Pedro Armendariz



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Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Foreign Bride [عروس فرنگی] (dir: Nosratolah Vahdat) - (1964) Iranian poster

The Foreign Bride (1964) - (dir: Nosratolah Vahdat) Iranian poster

This is a 27" x 19.5" Iranian poster designed by Davvalu for the 1964 Nosratolah Vahdat film The Foreign Bride based on a screenplay by Ahmad Najibzadeh and starring Pouri Baneai as Marya, the foreign bride. The film tells the story of the taxi driver Hoseyn [Nosratolah Vahdat] who is unable to marry his fiance because of financial problems and is working overtime. He gets involved with a foreign girl named Marya, who soon decides she wants to marry him. After a few incidents the taxi driver decides he prefers to marry his fiance.

Cast and crew: Nosratolah Vahdat, Pouri Baneai, Rogheyeh Chehreh-Azad, Mansour Sepehrnia

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Forced Landing (1941) - (Richard Arlen) Argentine one-sheet

Forced Landing (1941) - (Richard Arlen) Argentine poster

This is a 29" x 43" Argentine poster for the 1941 Gordon Wiles film Forced Landing based on a screenplay by Edward Churchill and Maxwell Shane and starring Richard Arlen as Dan Kendall. Plot summary: In a fictitious tropical country called Mosaque (which looks very much like some part of South America) an American pilot named Dan Kendall gets into a fight with a local Colonel Golas [Nils Asther] when he buys a drink for the man's fiance Johanna Van Deuren [Eva Gabor]. Dan is arrested and then released after the colonel learns he has saved Johanna's life earlier in the day, but part of the bargain is that Dan must resign his commission and go to work for the Mosaque Civil Airline. Unbeknownst to Dan, the colonel is sabotaging the airline's payroll flights and diverting the funds. This was Eva Gabor's film debut.

Cast and crew: Richard Arlen, Eva Gabor, Gordon Wiles, Edward Churchill, Maxwell Shane, J. Carrol Naish, Nils Asther, Evelyn Brent, Michail Rasumny, Victor Varconi, John Miljan, Frank Yaconelli, Harold Goodwin, Thornton Edwards, Bobby Dillon, John Gallaudet, Harry Worth



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