Katy (1954) كيتي

Egyptian/Greek dancer Katy features in two further scenes from the 1954 Egyptian film ‘Khalak ma Allah’ (‘Stay with God’ or ‘Trust in God’ خليك مع الله). The film starred Ismail Yassin, Mahmoud al Meliji, Zomoroda, Abdel Wares Asar and Zeinat Sedki who gets up the dance with Katy early in the first scene.  The singer in the first scene is Mohamed el Kahlawy (محمد الكحلاوي) which is also spelt Mohamed El Kahlaoui.

Katy was born in Alexandria, Egypt, of Greek heritage. I’m sure I’m saying things you already know but many who come to this channel are not aware that there was a large Greek community in Egypt prior to the 1952 revolution. The majority left Egypt in the decade or so following the revolution, many to the US, Canada and Australia.  Back to Katy though; as her fame relates to her nationality due to her place of birth I’ve referred to her as Egyptian. Off topic, she appeared in at least two Greek language films and also speaks Greek in at least one of her Egyptian films where she plays the daughter of the local Greek barber.

Leila Mourad (1948) ليلى مراد‎

There’s a plethora of bellydancers in this scene from the Egyptian film ‘Anbar’ (‘Amber’ عنبر). The film was released in 1948 and starred singer Leila Mourad in the title role along with Anwar Wajdi (who was also the writer and one of the directors), Hassan Fayek, Ismail Yassin, Zeinat Sedki and Abdel Wares Asar.
The singers in this scene are Leila Mourad and Aziz Othman who ends up being carried off stage.
Trivia 1: The stars of this film, Leila Mourad and Anwar Wajdi, were married to each other 3 times (yes 3!)
Trivia 2: The singer in this scene, Aziz Othman (1893-1955) , was actress Leila Fawzi’s first husband. Anwar Wajdi was also married to Leila Fawzi at one stage.
Trivia 3: Aziz Othman started his showbiz career as a singer at Badia Masabni’s nightclub.

Katy (1954) كيتي

Egyptian born/Greek descent dancer Katy is featured in this scene from the 1954 Egyptian film ‘Khalak ma Allah’ (also spelt ‘Halik ma Allah’, meaning ‘Stay with God’ or ‘Trust in God’ خليك مع الله). While in this clip Katy’s performance isn’t bellydance and the music certainly isn’t, never mind, we could just change the music and a few of the movements and its raks sharki LOL.  The music is so familiar but I can’t think of the name and now the tune is stuck in my head.
The film starred Ismail Yassin, Mahmoud al Meliji, Zomoroda, Zeinat Sedki, Abdel Wares Asar and Nadia Riaz who doesn’t seem to have been in any other films save this one.