Nagwa Fouad (1970) فؤاد نجوى

This scene is from the 1970 Egyptian comedy ‘Ferket al Mara’ (فرقة المرح literally ‘Fun Band’). The main dancer is of course Nagwa Fouad.  Tthe other dancer is actress Shams al Baroudi and the singer is Mohamed Roushdi. The film also starred Tawfik al Deqn. The four sailors sitting at the table are Georges Sidhom (he drops off to sleep), Samir Ghanem, El Deif Ahmed and Ashraf Abdelghafour. Three of them, Sidhom, Ghanem and Ahmed, collectively formed Thulathi adwa’ al Masrah (the Theatre Lights Trio) appearing together in many films, plays and Ramadan tv series until El Deif Ahmed’s death in 1970 at the age of 33. Sidhom and Ghanem continued as a duo until 1982 when Sidhom retired due to ill health. Samir Ghanem has subsequently gone on to have a successful film career.
Trivia: This isn’t the entire clip unfortunately. There’s more of Nagwa dancing at the beginning but I wasn’t quick enough to switch on the ‘record’ button. There’s also at least one more performance by Nagwa in the film, also with Mohamed Rousdhi, but I’ll have to wait until the movie’s shown again.

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Zeinat Olwi (1957) زينات علوى

Egyptian bellydancer Zeinat Olwi dances in a scene from the 1957 film ‘Ismail Yassin in the Navy’ (اسماعيل يس في الأسطول) which starred comedian Ismail Yassin (of course), Zeinat Sedki (the lady who gets up to dance),  Zahrat al Ola, Mahmoud al Meliji (the groom) and a very young Ahmed Ramzi. Also starring was Riad El Kasabgy who reprises his role as IY’s nemesis, Shawish Attia.

 

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.)