Friday, October 25, 2013

It Happened One Night [hadasa zata laila] (1954) - (Hoda Soltan)

It Happened One Night [hadasa zata laila] (1954) - (Hoda Soltan) original Egyptian 23x35 film poster

Shown here is a first printing of a 23.5" x 35.25" Egyptian poster designed by Hassan Mazhar Gasour and printed by Al-Nasr Printers to promote the 1954 Henry Barakat film It Happened One Night [hadasa zata laila] starring Hoda Soltan based on a screenplay by Henry Barakat with story and dialogue by Fathy Abol-Fadl and cinematography by Klelio. The film was produced by Kamel Abdullah Hamuda's Arabic Films Company and distributed by Montekhabat Behna. Plot summary: A poor girl married a rich boy despite opposition from the boy's father. She lived happily with her husband until she fell into the clutches of a young hustler who told her her husband had injured him in an accident. Her husband found out about him holding her and divorced her without understanding that his wife was innocent, then went abroad. The wife took revenge against the hustler who had ruined her life by killing him. Then when she tried to commit suicide her young attorney saved her and defended her in court, where he successfully reduced her sentence. He promised to marry her after her release from prison.

Cast and crew: Henry Barakat, Hoda Soltan, Mohsen Sarhan, Kamal Al-Shennawi, Shafik Noureddin, Abdel Rahim El Zarkani, Klelio, Aida Kamel, Hind Rostom, Abdel Hamid Zaki, Nimat Mukhtar, Shafik Noureddin, Soraya Salem, Rafia al-Shal, Zaki Ibrahim, Mary Ezzedine

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