Wednesday, March 19, 2014

We Live Once [العمر واحد] (Ismail Yasseen) - (1954)

We Live Once (1954) - (Ismail Yasseen) Egyptian one-sheet

We Live Once (1954) - (Ismail Yasseen) Egyptian one-sheet

Pictured here are two original-year Egyptian posters designed by Hassan Mazhar Gasour to promote the 1954 Ihsan Ferghal film We Live Once [al-omr wahd] starring Ismail Yassine based on story and dialogue by Abu Seoud El-Ibiary with cinematography by Mostafa Hassan. Plot summary: The owner of a company lusted after his secretary and wanted to seduce her, but the secretary loved an engineer in the company named Nafe [Ismail Yasseen]. The secretary married him and the director [Abdel Fatah Al Kasri] fired them. In the face of the unemployment problems the engineer decided to go to Brazil where his twin brother [also Ismail Yasseen] lived. He boarded an aircraft that crashed and killed all the passengers and the wife and the brother took the insurance money, which put them on a better social level. However Nafe soon appeared; the two had many problems hiding him and Nafe wore many disguises. He saw with his own eyes how men lusted after his wife in his absence. Nafe's ruse was discovered, the police arrested him and the company demanded the money. Nafe's brother arrived from Brazil and paid the insurance money, ending the problems surrounding Nafe.

Cast and crew: Ihsan Fergal, Ismail Yasseen, Habaieb, Zeinat Sedki, Abdel Fatah Al Kasri, Imad Hamdi, Gamalat Zayed, Mostafa Hassan, Abu Seoud El-Ibiary, Hermine, Wedad Hamdy, Mohamed al-Dib, Abdel Hamid Zaki, Abdel Moneim Ibrahim, Mohammad Shawky, Fawzia Ibrahim, Abdel Moneim Bassioni, Abdel Moneim Ismail, Rashad Hamed

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