Nemat Mokhtar performs in a wedding scene from the 1969 Egyptian film ‘Ibn al Shaytan (‘Son of the Devil’ or ‘Son of Satan’ ابن الشيطان ). The film tells the story of a local policeman played by Farid Shawki who is trying to track down a mysterious killer known as The Son of Satan. The killer targets men who remarry after leaving their wives and children and in this scene the groom is the killer’s target . Mahmoud al Meliji plays the local innkeeper who is eventually revealed to be the killer.
This is Egyptian legend Samia Gamal dancing in a third clip from the 1950 Egyptian movie ‘Akher Kedba’ (The Last Lie آخر كدبة). The male singer is Syrian born Farid al Atrache who was her partner both on and off screen for many years. Appearing with them in part of the clip is Ismail Yassin who was a famous Egyptian comedian. Like many other entertainers of that era, Ismail Yassin started his career in the nightclub of Badia Masabni. The film tells the story of Samir and Samira (al Atrache and Gamal). Samira is jealous of Kiki another bellydancer. Kiki gives Samir a broken necklace and asks him to arrange for its repair. Samira finds the necklace and thinks its a gift for her from Samir. In due course Kiki asks for her necklace back!
The film also starred Stefan Rosti, Ismail Yassin, Aziz Othman and Camelia.
This scene’s from the 1961 Egyptian film ‘H3’ (‘Haa 3’ هاء 3) and features bellydance legend Nagwa Fouad. She both dances and acts in this movie which starred Rushdi Abaza, Soad Hosny, Maher el Attar and Tawfik al Deqn.
The film tells the story of an elderly man named Abbas (played by Abaza) and his experiences with ‘H3’, a wonder drug that can reverse the effects of growing old. Abbas is 80 years old at the start of the film and decides that he wants to be young. He goes to a clinic where he drinks a chemical mix given to him and, lo and behold, he becomes a young man again. Unfortunately his re-found youth brings him nothing but misfortune. First he falls in love with his son’s fiancée, he marries her but then he commits a murder. Abbas is eventually returned to the clinic where the formula originated, He decides to take the antidote and return to his life as an 80 year old.
Taheya Karioka dances in another scene from the 1950 Egyptian comedy ‘Al Batal’ (‘The Champion’ or ‘The Hero’ البطل). The central character in the film is Batal (Ismail Yassin) and he’s been mistakenly told that he has only a week to live. As a result, he hurriedly marries his fiancée Sharbat played by Shadia and this scene is set at their wedding. Batal has hired Toha the bellydancer, played by Taheya Karioka, to dance at the wedding but in order to save money as he thinks he’s going to die very shortly, he’s also hired a troupe of professional funeral mourners to perform at the same time.
Taheya Karioka dances in a nightclub scene from the 1952 film ‘El Zuhur el Fatina’ (Charming Flowers الزهور الفاتنة ). The film tells the story of two poor sisters named Ratiba (Karioka) and Karima (Faten Hamama). Ratiba is an ambitious dancer who’ll do anything (and anyone) to move up in life. Her sister works as a nurse and takes care of their widowed mother played by Aziza Helmy. Long story (very) short, Taheya’s character marries an older man for his money, has a child then gets caught with her boyfriend, is divorced and the child is taken from her. She develops a terminal illness, goes on Hajj, comes back to Cairo and dies with her child in her arms surrounded by her forgiving family. Also starring were Mahmoud el Meliji,, Shokry Sarhan, Fardous Mohamed, Hussain Riad and Farid Shawki.
Egyptian bellydancer Samia Gamal performs in a scene from the 1952 film ‘Don’t Tell Anyone’ (Ma Takulshi la Hada ماتقولش لحد). The film starred Farid Al Atrache who is the male singer performing with her in this scene. The film also starred singer Nour Al Hoda, Stefan Rosti and Abdel Salam Al Nabulsi.