Katy (1954) كيتي

This performance by Katy (aka Keti, Kitty Katie) is from the 1954 Egyptian film ‘Ismail Yassin’s Ghost’ (عفريتة إسماعيل يس).  Katy plays a nightclub dancer who is murdered by the evil henchman (Farid Shawki) of a nightclub owner (Seraj Mounir ). She then reappears as the ghost of the title and haunts her co-worker at the nightclub (Ismail Yassin) insisting that he find those responsible for her death.  Unfortunately she doesn’t know ‘whodunnit’ as she was asleep at the time! Also starring were Mary Munib, Ferdous Mohamed and Zeinat Sedki.  You can see several other clips from this movie featuring a performance by Fifi Salama and more clips of Katy on this channel.

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Naima Akef (1951) نعيمة عاكف

Dancer and actress Naima Akef (1929-1966) performs in a scene from the Egyptian film ‘Furigat’ which was released in July 1951. The film’s Arabic title فرجت is often translated into English as ‘All’s Well’ but the word can also mean ‘released’ which sort of ties in with the storyline
The film starred Naima Akef and also Abbas Fares, Hassan Fayek and actress Zomoroda. I think the actor miming the song in this scene is Salah Abdelhamid.
Naima Akef’s big break came when she was introduced by singer Suad Makkawi to the talent scouts at Nahhas Films in Cairo, a company that, at that time, was part owned by Egyptian actor Yousef Wehbi.
The overseeing company, Studio Nahhas, was nationalised in 1963 by the Egyptian government and its name was changed to ‘Studio el Nil’ (Nile Studios). At some point thereafter the name was changed back to Studio Nahhas and now the whole area is known as Cinema City.

Nagwa Fouad (1970) فؤاد نجوى

This scene is from the 1970 Egyptian comedy ‘Ferket al Mara’ (فرقة المرح literally ‘Fun Band’). The main dancer is of course Nagwa Fouad.  Tthe other dancer is actress Shams al Baroudi and the singer is Mohamed Roushdi. The film also starred Tawfik al Deqn. The four sailors sitting at the table are Georges Sidhom (he drops off to sleep), Samir Ghanem, El Deif Ahmed and Ashraf Abdelghafour. Three of them, Sidhom, Ghanem and Ahmed, collectively formed Thulathi adwa’ al Masrah (the Theatre Lights Trio) appearing together in many films, plays and Ramadan tv series until El Deif Ahmed’s death in 1970 at the age of 33. Sidhom and Ghanem continued as a duo until 1982 when Sidhom retired due to ill health. Samir Ghanem has subsequently gone on to have a successful film career.
Trivia: This isn’t the entire clip unfortunately. There’s more of Nagwa dancing at the beginning but I wasn’t quick enough to switch on the ‘record’ button. There’s also at least one more performance by Nagwa in the film, also with Mohamed Rousdhi, but I’ll have to wait until the movie’s shown again.

Nagwa Fouad (1961) فؤاد نجوى

This is dancer and actress Nagwa Fouad in a second performance from the 1961 Egyptian drama ‘Lematha Aish’ (‘Why I’m Living’ لماذا أعيش) which starred Shokry Sarhan, Suad Hosni and Mohsen Sarhan.