Hala al Shawaby (1972) هالة الشواربي

This clip features Egyptian actress Hala al Shawaby (هالة الشواربي) performing in a scene from the 1972 film ‘Kings of Evil’ (ملوك الشر Molok al Shar). The film starred Farid Shawki, Tawfik al Deqn and Mahmoud al Meliji who owns the feet. Born in Cairo in 1938 Hala al Shawaby retired in the early 1990s and died in 2007.
Soheir Zaki also performed in this movie and her performance can be found at vimeo.com/106674099

Nagwa Fouad (1972) فؤاد نجوى

This is Nagwa Fouad performing in the 1972 Egyptian comedy film ‘Adwaa el Madina’ (City Lights أضواء المدينة) which starred Shadia, Ahmad Mazhar, Adel Imam, Ibrahim Saafan and Abdel Monem Ibrahim. Despite having big stars, many songs and a big budget, the film failed to make an impact with audiences.

Souad Hosni and Taheya Karioka (1972)

This is the pivotal scene in the 1972 film ‘Khali balek min Zouzou” which starred Soad Hosni as Zouzou, a girl who’s a university student by day but a paid dancer and singer by night. Her life as an entertainer is a shameful secret and she hides it. Hussein Fahmy plays her professor/lover.  In this scene, the dance troupe led by Zouzou’s mother is performing at a wedding party attended by Zouzou (in red) and her lover.  The part of Zouzou’s mother is played by legendary Egyptian bellydancer Taheya Karioka and the singer in this clip is Shafik Galal.  Zouzou has no idea that her lover’s scheming former fiancee has hired Zouzou’s mother’s troupe.  General shock all round and Zouzou dances when her mother is unable to continue.

Mervat Amin (1972) ميرفت أمين


The two dancers in this clip are actress Mervat Amin and comedian Fuad al Mohandes (1924-2006). The scene is from the Egyptian comedy ‘The Return of the Most Dangerous Man in the World’ (Awdat Akhtar Ragol f’il Aalam عودة أخطر رجل فى العالم). In this film Fuad al Mohandes reprises the dual roles of Zaki the insurance company rep and international criminal mastermind Mr X.  These roles were first seen in the 1967 film ‘The Most Dangerous Man in the World starring al Mohandes and his then wife Shweiker.
This time there is a maharajah in town and Zaki is sent to convince the maharajah that he should insure his jewellery. Meanwhile Mr X is planning on stealing the gems. Also starring in the film were Samir Sabri, Salah Nazmi and Wafik Fahmy who’s the maharajah and is wearing the turban in this scene. The blonde woman who faints is a little known actress called Birgitte who only made a couple of films.

Trivia: 1) Mervat Amin’s second husband (she’s had four) was guitarist Omar Khorshid.
2) Filming of this movie was completed in 1972 but it wasn’t released until the following year.