Imtithal Zeki, Hadia and Leila Yosri (1960)

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Here are three dancers you may not have met before. These dancers are Imtithal Zeki, Hadia and Leila Yosri performing in scenes from the 1960 Egyptian film ‘Halak el Sayedat’ (Ladies’ Hairdresser حلاق السيدات ). The comedy starred Abdulsalem al Nabulsi and Ismail Yassin as two friends who open a special beauty salon catering not only to women and men, but also catering to pets. The film co-starred Stefan Rosti, Leila Karem and the irrepressible Zeinat Sedki.
Trivia: (1) The film also features Nadia al Jundi in an early movie appearance.
(2) Imtithal Zeki shouldn’t be confused with Imtithal Fawzy the bellydancer who was murdered onstage in 1936.

 

Nagwa Fouad (1960) نجوى فؤاد‎

Bellydancer Nagwa Fouad dances through the opening credits of the 1960 Egyptian film ‘Al Ghajaryyah’ (The Gypsies/Roma/ الغجرية ) which starred Huda Sultan, Shokry Sarhan, Mahmoud al Meliji and Abdel Salam al Nabulsi.
Trivia: Both Nagwa Fouad and Samia Gamal danced through the opening credit sequences of some of their films (Samia on several occasions) so I guess, as my grandmother would have said when she was explaining anything that happened in the past, “….it was the fashion at the time.”

Nagwa Fouad (1960) فؤاد نجوى

Nagwa Fouad dances in another scene from the 1960 Egyptian film ‘Ihtares min al Hob’ (Farewell to Love وداعا يا حب). The singer with her is Muharam Fuad. The film also starred Mariam Fakhr El Din, Khalil Bader El Dein and Wedad Hamdi.

Riri and Maher el Attar (1960)

The dancer is Riri and the singer is Maher el Attar in this scene from the 1960 Egyptian film ‘Banat Bahri’ (Daughters of the Sea بنات بحرى).
Respected Egyptian comedienne Marie Munib plays Nafoosa who’s rich and has two sons. Her elder son Salama (Abdel Salem al Nubulsi) wants to emigrate to the US while the younger son Adel (Maher el Attar) loves music and singing. They both take money from their mother and travel from Cairo to Alexandria. There they meet Riri a bellydancer (played by Riri) and her sister Tuha (Amal Farid).

Riri (1960) ريري

The bellydancer in this scene from the 1960 Egyptian film ‘Banat Bahri’ (Daughters of the Sea بنات بحرى) is Riri.
The film tells the story of Nafoosa (Marie Munib) who’s rich and has two sons. Her elder son Salama (Abdel Salem al Nubulsi) wants to emigrate to the US, while the younger son Adel (Maher el Attar) loves music and singing. They both take money from their mother and travel from Cairo to Alexandria. There they meet Riri a dancer (played by Riri) and her sister Tuha (Amal Farid).

Naima Akef (1960) عاكف‎ نعيمة

Naima Akef wearing a white costume in a scene from the 1964 Egyptian colour production ‘Amir al Dahaa’ (أمير الدهاء ). Naima Akef retired shortly after making this film to care for her child and sadly she died two years later while still in her mid-30s.
The film is known as ‘The Prince of Cunning’ aka ‘The Crafty One’ aka ‘The Artful Prince’ aka ‘The Prince of Savvy’ (well, you get the idea I’m sure) and is based on French writer Alexandre Dumas’ book, ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’. It starred Farid Shawki, Shwaiker, Naima Akef, Tawfiq Daqn and Mahmoud Morsi.
Background: The film is a colour remake, complete with the same dialogue, of a 1950 black and white film ‘Amir el Antikam’ (‘Prince of Revenge’) which starred Anwar Wagdy. The dance scenes in the earlier movie were performed by Samia Gamal.
Movie trivia: 1. Farid Shawki who’s the star of this film, had a small part in the earlier production. 2. Both the 1950 and 1964 version of the story were directed by Henri Barakat. 3. The dubbed English language version of this film was released in the US with the grand title ‘Vengeance of the Desert’. (Thanks to Lynette of Serpentine.)