Katy (1958) كيتي

This is dancer/actress Katy (كيتي aka Keti, Kitty, Katie etc) performing in a scene from the 1951 Egyptian musical ‘Leilet al Henna’ (ليلة الحنة Henna Night ). The film starred Shadia, Kamal al Shinnawi, Mary Munib, Fardous Mohamed and Seraj Mounir. The film was directed by Anwar Wajdi. Katy was born in Alexandria, Egypt, to a Greek father and Egyptian mother. She acted and danced in many Egyptian movies from the 1950s through to the mid-1960s but returned to Athens in 1965 after being implicated in a spy plot which apparently involved Egyptian/Israeli double agent Refaat el Gammal رأفت الهجّان known as Refaat al Hagan in Egypt and Jack Beton in Israel. Katy appeared in at least two Greek language films following her return to Greece. She also speaks Greek in one of her earlier Egyptian films where she plays the daughter of the local Greek barber.  Just as a bit of background, Refaat al Gammal loved acting and appeared in small roles in several Egyptian movies.
‘Leilet al Henna’ (henna night) is a female only gathering which takes place one or two days before the actual celebration of the marriage. On the henna night the bride and her friends gather, a henna artist comes to the house, and the henna designs are applied. The choice of designs can be very intricate. Henna always looks better the following day once the design has ‘set’ and the dried off henna has been removed.  I usually rub olive oil on to seal the design, I don’t know if that makes a difference or not though 🙂
Trivia: The director of this film, famous actor Anwar Wajdi, married and divorced singer/actress Leila Murad on three separate occasions. His other wives were Elham Hussein and actress Leila Fawzy.

Samia Gamal (1958) جمال‎ سامية

Samia Gamal dances in a scene from the 1958 Egyptian film ‘Habibi al Asmar’ (My Dark Sweetheart حبيبي الأسمر ).
The film starred Tahia Karioka as Zakia and Samia Gamal as Samra and told the story of two bellydancers and their relationships with the men in their lives. Also starring were Youssef Wehbi, Mahmoud al Meligi and Shukry Sarhan and the film was directed by the legendary Niazi Mostafa. The film’s music, including the famous theme song, was composed by Mohamed Abdul Wahab.

Riri (1958)

This is dancer/actress Riri performing in a scene from the 1958 Egyptian drama ‘Touha’ (توحة). The singer with her is Mohamed Abdul Muttalib who like so many others, started his career working as an entertainer in the nightclub of Badia Masabni.
The film starred Hind Rostom in the title role, she’s the woman putting on mascara in this clip. Also starring were Mohsen Sarhan (the man on the balcony) and Abdel Moneim Ismail.

Taheya Karioka (1958) تحية كاريوكا‎

Legendary Egyptian bellydancer Taheya Karioka in a scene from the 1958 film ‘Habibi Al Asmar’ (My Dark Sweetheart حبيبي الأسمر). Taheya shared top billing in this movie with Samia Gamal and actors Shukri Sarhan and Youssef Wehbi. The music for the movie was composed by Mohamed Abdel Wahab.

Hind Rostom (1958) هند رستم‎

The baladi dancer in this clip is Egyptian actress Hind Rostom (1929-2011) in a scene from the 1958 film ‘Touha’ (توحة). The man on the balcony is Mohsen Sarhan. Also starring were Mohamed Tawfik, Zahrat el Ola in the small role, Mahmoud Ismail and Kadria Kamel.
Nagwa Fouad also dances in this movie and the clip of her performance is also on TheCaroVan@Vimeo.

Nagwa Fouad (1958) فؤاد نجوى

Nagwa Fouad dances in a scene from the 1958 Egyptian film ‘Touha’ (توحة) which starred Hind Rostom in the title role. Hind Rostom is the blonde lady who enters the bar wearing a melaya. Also starring were Zahrat al Ola, Ahmed Saeed and Mohsen Sarhan. The male dancer at the beginning of the clip is pretty good too isn’t he?