The dancer in this scene is the legendary Naima Akef (1929-1966) and the singer is Karem Mahmoud (1922-1995) who was a well-known Egyptian singer and actor. The scene’s from the 1954 Egyptian film ‘Nour al Ayoun’ (Light of My Eyes نور عيوني ) which also starred Mahmoud al Meliji, Zeinat Sedki and Hassan Fayek. A quick summary of the film plot is that Nour the dancer (Akef) loves Adel the singer (Mahmoud) and they’re a successful duet. Hanafi (al Meliji) is jealous and pins a murder charge on Adel who’s arrested. Nour gets a confession from Hanafi and Nour and Adel get married.
Trivia: If you’re interested, there’s a clip on this channel of Egyptian dancer Nagua Fouad performing while Karem Mahmoud sings “Samra ya Samra”.
The dancer in this clip is Egyptian dancer and actress Samiha Tawfik who was born in Fayoum (about 100kms from Cairo) in 1928 and died in Cairo in 2010. The scene is from the Egyptian comedy “Feleh and Mehtas” (فالح ومحتاس) which was released in 1954. The singer is Sherifa Maher.
In this scene we see dancing by an Egyptian dancer/actress named Hana Adel (هناء عادل). All I can find out about her was that she used to dance at local moulids and weddings and then moved to Cairo. It seems that she only appeared in this one movie.
This scene is from the 1954 movie “The Adventures of Ismail Yassin” (مغامرات اسماعيل يس Moghamarat Ismail Yassin) which starred Egyptian comedian Ismail Yassin and Kamal al Shinnawi who are the two men watching. The film also starred singer/actress Shadia.
The dancer in this clip is Fifi Salama who danced in a dozen or so movies between 1954 and 1960. This performance is from the 1954 Egyptian film ‘Ismail Yassin’s Ghost’ (عفريتة إسماعيل يس) and seems to have been her first foray into movies. The film starred Ismail Yassin, Katy (as the Kitty the dancer and later as the ghost of the title), Farid Shawki, Mary Munib and Seraj Mounir.
The groom is played here by Abdelmonem Ismail (1907-1970) and the bride is played by Zeinat Sedki (1913-1978). Mary Munib and Mohamed Kamal el Masri are the couple on the bride’s right and who are sitting at the front in the second part of the clip.
Trivia: The bride’s name is Zalabia which is the Arabic word for a type of fried circular pastry much liked for breakfast. Zalabia is sometimes made like dumplings, sometimes they’re piped into different shapes. Mouth watering!
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.
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.
This is Lebanese born dancer Gawaher performing in a scene from the 1954 Egyptian film ‘Tahya al-rijjalah’ (Long Live Men تحيا الرجالة ) which starred Karem Mahmoud, Abdel Salam al Nabulsi, Zeinat Sedki, Shekuku and Samiha Tawfik. The man in the front row of the audience in this scene is Abdel Fattah al Kassri.