Thursday, October 3, 2013

Merchants of Death تجار الموت (Farid Shawqi) - (1958) Egyptian one-sheet

Merchants of Death (1959) - (Farid Shawqi) Egyptian one-sheet

This is an Egyptian promotional poster designed by Abdel Rahman for the 1958 Kamal El Sheikh film Merchants of Death [toggar al-mawt] with screenplay and dialogue by Aly Al-Zerkany and cinematography by Abdelhalim Nasr. Plot summary: Dr. Abbas [Mahmoud El-Meliguy] was stripped of all humanity. He would commit insurance fraud with victims, get rid of them and then share the payments with the beneficiaries. He had agents who hunted for victims and then got rid of them for him. Morad [Farid Shawqi] happened to be doing the same kind of work Abbas was doing. Circumstances had forced him to embezzle 300 pounds from some funds entrusted to him, and he spent it all on his mother's illness. Then he tried to recover what he had lost at the gambling table, but ended up losing twice the amount he owed. He threatened Abbas with a pistol to try to get enough to cover the amount he had embezzled, but Abbas turned the tables on him and did not give him anything. They then agreed Morad would marry and insure his wife's life for 20000 pounds. Then they would dispose of the wife and divide the the money. Abbas tempted Morad with a lot of money that would be enough to pay his debt, and he gave him the dowry and enough money to pay for the marriage. Morad accepted the deal and married the daughter of a colleague who had died. She was a naive girl named Layla, [Imane] and they had a lovely month together. Then came the time for her to die as agreed, but Morad felt he was too weak to kill his wife. Instead of helping Morad get rid of Layla, Abbas went to the police and asked them to save her. The effort to save the wife succeeded and the gang and its members fell into the hands of the police.

Cast and crew: Farid Shawqi, Kamal El Sheikh, Rushdy Abaza, Imane, Aly Al-Zarkany, Abdelhalim Nasr, Said Abu Bakr, Ferdoos Mohammed, Aziza Helmy, Mohammed Abaza, Ahmed Louxor, Sahar Attia, Abdel Qader Al-Masiri, Nazim Shaarawy, Hussein Assar, Kamal al-Zeiny, Naguib Ghatas

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