Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Shame on You [حرام عليك] (Ismail Yasseen) - (1954)

Shame on You [haram aleyk] (Ismail Yasseen) (1957) original two-piece Egyptian stone litho film poster

Pictured is a first printing of a two-piece Egyptian stone litho poster designed by Farag to promote the 1954 92-minute Essa Karama black-and-white film Shame on You [haram aleyk] starring Ismail Yasseen based on screenplay, story and dialogue by Gamal Hamdi with cinematography by Richard Salama. Plot summary: Ismail and Abdou [Ismail Yasseen and Abdel Fatah Al Kasri] are working in a shop that sells antiquities. One day they acquire a crate containing a mummy (that looks like Frankenstein). A sorcerer [Stephan Rosti] thinks he will be able to bring the mummy back to life by replacing its brain with Ismail's brain. The plan goes awry when Ismail and the mummy are laid out side by side for the brain transfer, because the mummy throws off its chains and goes into a zombie-like Frankenstein walk, making various clumsy assaults on the people and fixtures that disrupt the proceedings. Alternate English titles are Ismail Yassin Meets Frankenstein and Ismail and Abdel Meet Frankenstein.

Cast and crew: Ismail Yasseen, Essa Karama, Gamal Hamdi, Abdel Fatah Al Kasri, Stephan Rosti, Sanaa Gamil, Nabil Al Alfi, Lola Sedki, Richard Salama, Mohamed Sabih, Abdel Hamid Zaki

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