This is actress. singer and occasional dancer Kouka (1917-1979) in a scene from the 1955 Egyptian film ‘A Glass and a Cigarette’(سيجارة وكاس). The title of the film is reversed in Arabic and titled ‘Sigarah wa Kas’.
Born in 1917 in Sudan as Najia Ibrahim Bilal, Kouka went to Cairo where she became part of the troupe formed by Youssef Wahbi the famous Egyptian actor. She eventually was hired as a movie editor by Studio Misr but that same year she made her screen debut opposite Ali al Kassar. She appeared opposite US singer Paul Robeson in the 1937 British drama ‘Jericho’ which is also known as ‘Dark Sands’
In this film Kouka plays Azza, the best friend of the film’s main character Huda played by Samia Gamal. Samia Gamal’s character is a famous dancer who marries Mamdouh, played by Nabil el Alfi. Huda retires from dancing and helps Mamdouh set up a hospital. The head nurse Yolanda (Dalida) also has her sights on Mamdouh and Huda starts to believe that they’re having an affair. Huda returns to drinking and smoking.
Sadly, the film’s co-star Dalida took her own life in 1987.
Trivia: I understand that bellydancer Nemat Mokhtar married Kouka’s husband the Egyptian film director Niazi Mustafa (1911-1986) who was a infamous womanizer. In a ‘her or me’ situation Kouka made Niazi Mustafa chose and Nemat Mokhtar was quietly divorced. Niazi Mustafa was murdered in 1986.
This is very short clip of Egyptian dancer and singer Lula Abdu (also spelt Lola Abdou) performing in a wedding scene from the 1955 Egyptian film ‘Ard al Hawa’ (Age of Love عهد الهوى ). The film starred Farid al Atrache (post Samia), Mariam Fakreddine, Abdelsalem al Nabulsi and Yousef Wehbi.
This is Hoda Shams El Din – aka Houda Shams El Den aka Hoda Shems Eldin aka Hoda Shamseddine – performing in a scene from the 1955 Egyptian film ‘Kabtan Misr’ (‘The Captain of Egypt’ or ‘Captain Egypt’ كابتن مصر ). The film centres around Boushkash (بوشكاش) played by Egyptian comedian Ismail Yassin, who joins a football team. The couple dancing with the jug on their heads are the film’s stars Ismail Yassin and Zeinat Sedki. Also starring were Mary Munib and Mahmoud el Meliji. The male singer in this scene is Mohamed el Kahlawy.
This scene is from the 1955 Egyptian drama ‘Thawrat al Madina’ (Revolution in the City or A Town’s Revolt ثورة المدينة ) which starred Sabah as Fatima, Mohamed Fawzi as Ahmed and Hussein Riad as Fatima’s father. In this scene, the young Fatima (played by Doha Amir) and her father have gone to the cinema to watch the 1950 movie ‘Amir el entikam’. In the scene they’re watching the dancer performing in the film is Samia Gamal.
In the end the father can’t prevent his daughter sitting next to either one or other of the unrelated boys so the father puts on his fez and he and his daughter leave the theatre in the middle of the film.
This is legendary bellydancer and actress Taheya Karioka in the 1955 Egyptian film ‘Ahl al Hawa’ (People of Love اهل الهوى). In this film she played dual roles as both a ruthless gold digger and a kind hearted dancer. The film also starred Shukry Sarhan, Mahmoud El Meliji, Stefan Rosti and Shekuku.
A clip from the 1955 film ‘Ahl al Hawa’ (People of Love) in which Taheya Karioka played dual roles as (1) a ruthless gold digger and (2) a kind hearted dancer. In this clip she’s playing the gold digger watching ShuShu Ez El Dinn and Kristo Kladakis performing (one word for the end of their routine: “ouch’). The film also starred Shukry Sarhan, Mahmoud El Meliguy and Estefan Rosti.
Zeinat Olwi dancing in a scene from ‘Naharak Saeed’ (Good Morning نهارك سعيد) a 1955 film starring Abdel Salam Al Nabulsi, Zeinat Sedki, Mounir Mourad (Leila Mourad’s brother) and Seraj Mounir. The female singer in this clip is Suad Makawi, and the actor with her is Zaki Karioka (زكى كاريوكا ). (I assume this is the same ‘Zaki Karioka’ who was the drummer for Taheya but can anyone confirm please?)
Naima Akef and the flute playing giant. A scene from the 1955 film ‘Bahr al Gharam’ (Sea of Love بحر الغرام) which starred Naima Akef, Youssef Wehbi and Rushdi Abaza. The film was directed by Hussein Fawzi who later became Akef’s husband and directed her in over a dozen films until they divorced in 1958.
Trivia: the Arabic word ‘bahr’ meaning sea (or harbour) which is used in the title of this movie can also be found in the name of the Middle Eastern country, Bahrain. Bahrain means ‘two seas’ though there’s endless argument about exactly which two seas. The word Bahrain breaks down as bahr (sea) +ain (the form of the word for ‘two’ used at the end of a plural noun).
This is Naima Akef dancing in another scene from the 1955 Egyptian film ‘Bahr al Gharam’ (Sea of Love بحر الغرام) in which she starred along with Youssef Wehbi (shown in the tuxedo clapping) and Rushdi Abaza (in the audience looking grumpy). The male dancer performing with her is Kristo Kladakis (خريستو كلاداكيس).