The Beast (1954) - (Mahmoud El-Meliguy) Original Egyptian lobby card
This is a rare original 13" x 13.5" Egyptian lobby card with key art designed by Solly for the 1954 Salah Abouseif film The Beast AKA The Monster AKA Al-Wahsh based on a story by Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz with screenplay by Naguib Mahfouz and Salah Abouseif, dialogue by El Sayed Bedeir and starring Anwar Wagdi as Officer Raouf Saleh. Plot summary: Abdel Sabour [Mahmoud El-Meliguy] was a thief and a smuggler known as The Beast to the people in one of the villages of upper Egypt; everyone was afraid of him, including the police. He enjoyed the protection of Redwan Pasha, [Abbas Fares] who in turn used him during elections to eliminate his rivals. Officer Raouf Saleh was sent to the village with his wife and son with the assignment of arresting The Beast. However The Beast and his gang worked together from the beginning trying to dispose of the officer and his family in any way possible. The photo shows Officer Raouf giving a cigarette to the Beast.
Cast and crew: Samia Gamal, Solly, El Sayed Bedeir, Anwar Wagdi, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Abbas Fares, Salah Abouseif, Naguib Mahfouz, Abdelhalim Nasr, Abbas Fares, Samiha Ayyoub, Mohammad Tawfik, Abdel Ghani Kamar, Nazim Shaarawy, Mahmoud Hamdy