The dancer in this scene from the 1952 Egyptian film ‘El Osta Hassan’ (Foreman Hassan الاسطى حسن) is Fekriya Mohamed (فكرية محمد). It seems that Fekriya Mohamed only appeared in four movies in the 1950s and then retired. The singer with her is Egyptian comedian and singer, Mahmoud Shekuku who shows a definite talent for candle balancing. The movie starred Huda Sultan and Farid Shawki (they were married for many years in real life) along with Zuzu Madi, Mary Munib and Riad Hussein. Also starring is a young Rushdi Abaza at the beginning of his acting career.
Rushdi Abaza was an Egyptian actor who later married Samia Gamal. The marriage lasted about 10 years until Samia Gamal learned that Rusdhi Abaza had not-so-secretly married Lebanese singer/actress Sabah. The Abaza-Sabah marriage only lasted 6 days at which point Sabah learned that Abaza had failed to divorce Samia Gamal.
Taheya Karioka dances in a nightclub scene from the 1952 film ‘El Zuhur el Fatina’ (Charming Flowers الزهور الفاتنة ). The film tells the story of two poor sisters named Ratiba (Karioka) and Karima (Faten Hamama). Ratiba is an ambitious dancer who’ll do anything (and anyone) to move up in life. Her sister works as a nurse and takes care of their widowed mother played by Aziza Helmy. Long story (very) short, Taheya’s character marries an older man for his money, has a child then gets caught with her boyfriend, is divorced and the child is taken from her. She develops a terminal illness, goes on Hajj, comes back to Cairo and dies with her child in her arms surrounded by her forgiving family. Also starring were Mahmoud el Meliji,, Shokry Sarhan, Fardous Mohamed, Hussain Riad and Farid Shawki.
Samia Gamal dances in a scene from the December 1951 Egyptian film ‘Al Khad al Gamil’ (The Beauty’s Cheek خد الجميل). The singer with her is Mahmoud Abdel Aziz.
‘Al Khad al Gamil’ was released in December 1951 and starred Samia Gamal and Mahmoud Abdel Aziz (of course) along with Zomoroda (her name means ‘Emerald’), comedian/singer Mahmoud Shekuku, Mary Munib, Omar al Gizawy and Suad Mekawi.
This is the ‘all singing all dancing’ grand finale from the 1952 Egyptian film ‘Ma takulshi la hada’ (Don’t Tell Anyone ماتقولش لحد) which starred Farid al Atrache, Samia Gamal and Lebanese born singer Nour al Hoda along with Stefan Rosti and Abdel Salam Al Nabulsi.
Movie trivia: Actor Abdel Salam al Nabulsi (1899-1968) was born in Lebanon but travelled to Cairo to attend university and while there he discovered acting. His family back in Tripoli got wind of his change of direction and cut off financial support in the hope that this would get him back on the right track. Thankfully, it didn’t.
Samia Gamal dances in a scene from the 1952 film ‘Ma Takulshi La Hada’ (Don’t tell Anyone). The film also starred Lebanese born singer Nour Al Hoda. The two men shown sitting at the table are Farid Al Atrache and Stefan Rosti.
Egyptian bellydancer Samia Gamal performs in a scene from the 1952 film ‘Don’t Tell Anyone’ (Ma Takulshi la Hada ماتقولش لحد). The film starred Farid Al Atrache who is the male singer performing with her in this scene. The film also starred singer Nour Al Hoda, Stefan Rosti and Abdel Salam Al Nabulsi.
This is a ‘Nubian style’ dance by actress Hosna Solomon (1925-1998) from the 1952 Egyptian film ‘Qaleel al Bakht’ (The Unlucky One قليل البخت) which starred Shadia and Kamal al Shinnawi. As you can see, while the music Hosna Solomon dances to is Nubian there’s very little folkloric component in her dance movements. The dancing is strictly Egyptian.
This is a little known Egyptian bellydancer named Soraya Hassan dancing in a scene from the 1952 film ‘Qaleel al Bakht’ (The Unlucky One قليل البخت). Born in 1924 Soraya Hassan was an actress-dancer who had small roles in several Egyptian films during the 1950s but then faded from view. The same story holds for the dancer on her right whose name was Gina.
The film starred Shadia who’s the female singer in this scene. The male singer is a young Galal Shafik. Also starring are Ismail Yassin, Kamal al Shennawi and Zamoroda (sitting at the table) and Mahmoud el Meliji.