Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Secret Police [البوليس السري] - Ismail Yasseen 1961 Egyptian one-sheet

The Secret Police (1956) - (Ismail Yasseen) Egyptian one-sheet

Shown here is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Magdi William to promote the 1956 97-minute Fatin Abdel Wahab black-and-white film The Secret Police [al-bolis al-serri] starring Ismail Yasseen based on a story by Hashem Gom'ah with screenplay and dialogue by Ali El Zorkani and cinematography by Klelio. Plot summary: Esmail Effendi [Ismail Yasseen] was a police private who had the job of escorting a crazy person to a hospital for the mentally ill, but the crazy person got away from him. Ismail went to his uncle Abed [Abdel Salam Al Nabulsy] to get his help resolving the difficulty. The uncle decided he would take the crazy person's place at the hospital for the mentally ill, and then try to escape from the hospital. Ismail was then transferred to the anti-crime office where he had to work with Sergeant Major Bakir in his search for an unknown thief. Ismail and Bakir disguised themselves as Spaniards and infiltrated the gang. After a series of adventures they arrested the gang and Ismail was promoted to sergeant and received a reward, which he gave to his fiance Waza. When the crazy person was arrested Uncle Abed succeeded in proving that he was not crazy and got out of the hospital.

Cast and crew: Fatin Abdel Wahab, Hassan Fayek, Ismail Yasseen, Abdel Salam Al Nabulsy, Zeinat Sedki, Tahany Rashed, Klelio, Ali El Zorkani, Hashem Gom'ah, Ahmed Louxor, Edmond Tuema, Mohamed Al-dib, Mousen Hassanein, Nazim Shaarawy, Abdel Moneim Ismail, Eskandar Monsi, Said Khalil

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