Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Shores of Love [شاطئ الغرام] (Laila Mourad) - (1950)

The Shores of Love (1964) - (Laila Mourad) Egyptian one-sheet

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Wahib Fahmy to promote the 1950 Henry Barakat 125-minute black-and-white film The Shores of Love [shati al-gharam] starring Laila Mourad based on story and screenplay by Henry Barakat with dialogue by Ali Al-Zarkani and Youssef Isa and cinematography by Abelhalim Nasr. Plot summary: The Egyptian mediterranean resort of Mersa Matruh provides a picturesque setting for this romantic drama. Adel [Hussein Sedki] was a young man who did not know the meaning of love. He spent his time at racetracks, dance halls and in the arms of prostitutes. While on a beach vacation at Mersa Matruh, Adel fell in love with a schoolteacher named Laila [Laila Mourad] and asked her father for permission to marry her. The father agreed and Adel took Laila with him back to Cairo. Adel's aunt and her husband were surprised by his sudden marriage, because the aunt had been planning for him to marry her daugher Mona so she could use Adel's wealth to lift her family out of bankruptcy. On the other hand Adel's mistress Soheir [Taheya Cariocca] had also been hoping to marry him. The aunt devised a scheme to disrupt the marriage by accusing Laila of being unfaithful and she succeeded with it because Adel believed her. He sent Laila back to her father in Mersa Matruh. However Adel then learned his aunt was just after his money and that the accusation was false, so he went to Mersa Matruh to correct the mistake and bring his wife back to Cairo again.

Cast and crew: Henry Barakat, Taheya Cariocca, Laila Mourad, Mohsen Sarhan, Hussein Sedki, Salah Mansour, Abdelhalim Nasr, Ali Al-Zarkani, Youssef Esa, Samiha Ayyoub, Stephan Rosti, Zaki Ibrahim, Gom'a Idris, Mimi Shakeeb, Mona, Edmond Tuema, Nahed Farid, Shafik Noureddin

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