Leila the Rich Girl [leila bint al-aghnia] (1947) - (Laila Mourad) Egyptian film poster F, NM $85 *
Size: 27" x 39"
Condition: Folded, Near Mint
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This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by an unknown artist to
promote an undated rerelease of the 1947 Anwar Wagdi musical Leila
the Rich Girl, a remake of Frank Capra's 1934 It Happened One
Night, with story by Anwar Wagdi, screenplay and dialogue by Badei
Khayri and starring Laila Mourad as Leila. Plot summary: Leila was a
pretty girl from a rich family who had lost her mother. Her father
Hassan Rostam Basha [Bechara Wakim] was dominated by his bossy new
wife Monira [Olwiyya Gamil]. Monira had imposed the bridegroom Gamil
[Said Abu Bakr] on Leila because he was her nephew and she was
planning to use him to get the money Leila would be receiving from her
father. However when Gamil approached Leila during the wedding
ceremony she pushed him away and ran out of the proceedings
immediately. The press was full of reports about the search for the
missing bride's car, which was damaged on a bridge and fell into the
water; one of Leila's shoes she had been wearing at the wedding was
found in the car. The journalist Wahid [Anwar Wagdi] went to the
village where the accident had taken place and found Leila's other
shoe. He was surprised by the sound of the enchanting voice of a
young girl sitting on the bank singing in a tortured tone of voice.
Wahid approached the girl because of her beauty and the sweetness of
her voice. One of the people in the village told him she was the
daughter of the village mayor [Abdel Hamid Zaki]. She was sick and
everyone at her house was waiting for a physician who was on the way
from Cairo. Wahid knocked on the door and claimed he was the doctor
from Cairo looking for the girl. Once he saw her he realized she was
not the one he had seen on the bridge. Wahid and the girl, who said
her name was Farhana, left the mayor's house. Then Wahid learned the
girl with him was really Leila, the runaway bride everyone thought had
been killed because her loose shoes had been found. Back in Cairo
Wahid convinced Leila's father she was still alive by taking him to
the farmer's home where she was hiding. At first Leila thought Wahid
did not love her and was planning to take her back to the misery she
had been fleeing in exchange for reward money; instead Wahid was
finally able to awaken the conscience of Leila's father and make him
aware of the conspiratorial plans of his bossy wife and her nephew.
The basha divorced Monira publicly and Leila immediately went back to
Wahid, who was waiting nearby.
This film is a remake of Frank Capra's 1934 film It Happened One Night.
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