Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Highwayman قاطع طريق (Rushdy Abaza) - (1959) Egyptian one-sheet

The Highwayman (1959) - (Rushdy Abaza) Egyptian one-sheet

This Egyptian poster designed by Fathy Al-Khodri was made to promote the 1959 100-minute Hassan El-Seify black-and-white film The Highwayman starring Rushdy Abaza with screenplay by Hassan El-Seify, story and dialogue by Zaki Saleh and Stephan Rosti and cinematography by Alevise Orfanelli. Plot summary: Wahid (Rushdy Abaza) was a boy who lost his father as a child. His mother took care of him for a short time but then she also soon died. Wahid had a friend named Abou Ezz who worked as a drug dealer. Abou Ezz taught Wahid how to gamble and he lost all of his money. Then Abou Ezz proposed that he take part in a narcotics smuggling operation to get his money back. The police followed them and then Wahid was blamed for the killing of his cousin the officer Galal. Wahid deplored the murder and decided to kill his cousin's killer. He knew the killer was Al-Asmar the Dark One, a member of Abou Ezz's gang. Al-Asmar announced he was leaving the gang and going to Alexandria. Wahid followed him, shot at him, then fled in an automobile he stopped on the road driven by a singer (Hoda Soltan) with her writer friend. At the singer's home Wahid told his story to the woman and then the singer also talked about her past. Abou Ezz arrived at the home of the singer; the police arrived at the same time and arrested the members of Abou Ezz's gang. One of them admitted he was the killer Al-Asmar. Wahid was released and decided to marry the singer.

Cast and crew: Rushdy Abaza, Hoda Soltan, Tewfik El Dekn, Stephan Rosti, Hussein Riad, Hassan El-Seify, Mahmoud Farag, Reyad El-Kasabgy, Aziz Osman, Abdel Fatah Al Kasri, Zaki Saleh, Alevise Orfanelli, Elham Zaki, Souraya Fakhry, Awatif Yusuf, Mohammed Tawfk, Abdel Moneim Ismail, Anwar Madkour

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