This is Egyptian bellydancer Beba Ibrahim in a scene from the 1953 Egyptian drama “A’isha”(عائشة) which starred Zahrat El Ola and Faten Hamama. The film also starred Zaki Rostom who was one of the best cinema ‘baddies’ ever.
The film tells the story of A’isha, a poverty stricken girl who sells lottery tickets for a living. A rich man spots her as she bears an uncanny likeness to his recently deceased daughter. The poor girl is adopted by the rich man who pays her heavy drinking father a monthly fee in return. When the father finds out how rich the man really is, he tries to blackmail him but ends up in jail for his trouble. On release the father tries to extort money from the rich man who refuses to pay so the father kidnaps A’isha. The film ends happily as A’isha is rescued and at the end of the film she marries Dr Sami, her true love.
Beba Ibrahim in two performances from the film ‘Samson and Liblib’ (من فيلم عنتر ولبلب ). The opening credits for this movie give the title in Arabic as ‘Antar wa Liblib’ but its better known as ‘Samson and Liblib’ or sometimes as ‘Shamshoon wa Lebleb’. Its a 1952 film that starred Seraj Munir, Houriya Hassan and Mahmoud Shekoukou.
Four short clips of Egyptian bellydancers performing in black and white films.
1. From an Ismail Yassin movie (Ismail Yassin for Sale? I’m not 100% sure).
2, From ‘Arees min Istanbouli’ (A Groom from Istanbul) released in 1941. The dancer seems to be uncredited. The film starred Raqiya Ibrahim and Youssef Wehbi.
3. Beba Ibrahim (ببا إبراهيم ) in ‘Arees min Istanbouli’ (عريس من استانبول)
4. From ‘Sahibat al azama’ released in 1956. The film starred Taheya Carioca and Ismail Yassin. It’s Ismail Yassin who throws himself onto the stage in the final clip.