Katy كيتي (1953)

Golden era dancer Katy in a scene from the 1953 comedy ‘Ibn Zawat’ (ابن ذوات ) which starred Ismail Yassin, Siraj Munir, Abdel Salem al Nabulsi and Omar Al Gizawy. The singer in this clip is Mohamed Kandil. Katy (in English her name is also spelt Kitty, Keti and Katie) was born in Alexandria, Egypt to a Greek father and Egyptian mother. She appeared in many movies from the 1950s through to the mid-1960s but left Egypt in mysterious circumstances after being implicated in a spy plot. The film’s title is also spelt “Ibn Thawat” and means ‘Son of the Privileged’ though some sites call it ‘Gilded Youth’ or ‘Son of Nobles’. Anyway, you get the gist I’m sure.
Like many of Ismail Yassin’s movies this one was written by Abo El Seoud El Ebiary. In this film Ismail Yassin plays a wealthy young man living the high life in Cairo. His uncle decides the young man should marry and chooses a suitable girl to be his bride. When the uncle asks the girl to marry his nephew she tells him she can’t because she’s already in love with another man but her father refuses to let her marry her intended. Eventually the uncle finds out that the young man in question is his nephew. The girl’s father relents and everyone lives happily ever after.
The term ‘ibn zawat’ is sometimes used in Egypt almost as an insult, meaning a person who is soft and cares only about outward appearances.

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