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Have Mercy (1953)

Haram alek (original title)
Arabic-language remake of 'Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein'.

Director:

Isa Karamah

Writer:

Gamal Hamdi
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Credited cast:
Abdel Fatah Al Kasri Abdel Fatah Al Kasri
Sanaa Gameel ... (as Sanaa Gamil)
Lola Sedki Lola Sedki
Ismail Yassin Ismail Yassin ... (as Ismail Yasseen)
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Arabic-language remake of 'Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein'.

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Comedy | Horror

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Country:

Egypt

Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

29 October 1953 (Egypt) See more »

Also Known As:

Ismail and Abdel Meet Frankenstein See more »

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Studio Elgiza See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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More curiosity than anything, this retread of an Abbott and Costello classic is hurt by Ismail's shrill mugging
20 January 2008 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

The title of the print of this film was translated as "Have Mercy" by the subtitles. I think the unofficial title of "Ismaeil and Abdel Meet Frankenstein" is more fitting since this film is pretty much a close retread of Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein. The plot is similar with two schmoes who work in an antique shop getting mixed up with a Frankenstein like monster, a vampire and werewolf. The Frankenstein creature is actually a "mummy" that can be brought back to life if someone know the secret (the make up-similar to Jack Pierce's work but made out of cardboard). The vampire is the uncle of a cute girl who is love with a man who has been turned into a werewolf. What I find interesting about the werewolf is that people talk about the condition being a form of epilepsy.

The film is tough going, even for someone with a high tolerance for "off beat" films. The problem is that Ismael, the rubber faced Costello stand in, is too loud and shrill and annoying. Think of him as a mix of Costello, Jerry Lewis and Sammy Petrillo. As one character says to him "I want to stab you with a blunt knife". He drains the life out of the film single handedly. Had he not been in the film this would probably have been an okay cheap remake of a horror/comedy classic much like many Mexican horror films.

Its not all bad, some of it is quite good with some of the sequences taking the Abbott and Costello bits and spinning them out in new directions (a great deal is just copied wholesale). I liked the clothes lines and the werewolf bit for example. Its a small thing that just made me smile. There are several little pieces like that that really made the tough parts easier to stand (and I'm very curious if the translations of a certain four letter word is what was really said). There are also some nice turns of phrase and new bits (combing the statue's hair for example) that are just nice.

Adventurous film goers or those with a real curiosity may want to look for this however I'm not sure that this is something that you'll really want or need to own. Its a rental or something to borrow, I know I'll be loaning this out so I don't feel too bad picking it up.


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