Samia Gamal (1950) جمال‎ سامية

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.

Loula Sedki (1959) لولا صدقي

The dancer in this scene from the 1959 Egyptian comedy ‘Arees Merati’ (‘My Wife’s Husband’ عريس مراتى) is one of the film’s stars, Cairo born actress, dancer and singer, Loula Sedki (1923-2001). The actor with her is Tawfik al Deqn.
This film starts with a logo that says ‘Loula Sedki Films’ so she must have had her own production company at some point. Cairo born Loula Sedki’s film career in Egypt started in the 1940s and seems to have ended in the mid-1960s when she went to Italy where she appeared in several Italian language films. She died in Rome in 2001.
Trivia: The three people in the audience also star in the film; Ismail Yassin who’s trying to hide his eyes, Zeinat Sedki and Abdel Salem al Nabulsi.

Taheya Karioka (1959)

Taheya Karioka dances in another scene from the 1959 Egyptian film ‘Beit al Ward’ (بياعة الورد ‘House of the Rose’ but usually titled ‘The Florist’). The film starred Samiha Ayoub as Ward (Rose) a florist who becomes involved in the turbulent relationship between Imtithal (Karioka) and Ezzat (Mohsen Sarhan).

Nabaweya Mustafa (1947) نبوية مصطفى

Nabaweya Mustafa is the dancer in this scene from the 1947 Egyptian film ‘Ana albi dalili’ (My Heart is My Guide قلبي دليلي). The film starred Anwar Wajdi, the man in the overalls and Leila Mourad who’s the girl locked in the basement with the villain of the film, Stefan Rosti. The singer is Mahmoud Abdel Aziz aka Abdel Aziz Mahmoud (عبدالعزيز محمود).
Trivia 1: In the film there’s a scene set at a masked ball where three masked thieves (who are disguised as three masked thieves) mix with the guests. The thieves are played by well known Egyptian screen actors Abdelmonem Ismail and Abdel Hamid Zaki along with a very young Farid Shawki.
Trivia 2: The toothless guy who features in the clip is a member of the gang of kidnappers and is played by Riad al Kosabgy (رياض القصبجي).

Hendeya (1995) هندية

Egyptian bellydancer Hendeya performs in a scene from the 1995 film ‘Abu Zeid Zamaanoh’ (أبو زيد زمانه). Hendeya was a popular performer in Egypt during the 80s and 90s with many shows, weddings and film appearances. She was also well known for her nightclub shows in Cairo with singer Sami Ali who’s himself known to Western dancers due to his work with Sahar Hamdi.
The film ‘Abu Zeid Zamaanoh’ starred Egyptian actors Elham Shahein, Mahmoud Hemeida and Mamdouh Wafi.

Naima Akef (1952) نعيمة عاكف‎

Naima Akef dances in a scene from the 1952 Egyptian film ‘Al Nimr’ (The Tiger النمر). The film tells the story of Darwish (Zaki Rostom) a nightclub owner who is nice to those around him but is in fact, a drug runner codenamed ‘Tiger’. Naima Akef plays his daughter Faten. The film also starred Lola Sedki as Huda, Farid Shawki as Afifi and Anwar Wajdi as Salah, the policeman.


Soheir Zaki (1978) سهير زكي

Soheir Zaki performs in a scene from the 1978 Egyptian film ‘Sultana al Tarab’ (سلطانة الطرب) which tells the story of the rise to fame of Egyptian singer Mounira el Mahdeya ( منيرة المهدية‎).  Egyptian actress/singer Sharifa Fadel plays el Mahdeya who was born in 1885 and died in 1965.  Despite starting her career singing and dancing in local coffee houses, Mounira el Mahdeya went on to be considered the greatest female Egyptian singer prior to Umm Kolthum.  Her style of singing was referred to as ‘Ottoman’, the Turks having been in control of Egypt for 300 years up to the 1880s. She initially appeared on stage only in male roles as at that time in Egypt female acting roles were taken by Christian or Jewish actresses or as a last resort by male actors.

Soheir Ramzy (1977)

Actress Soheir Ramzy dances in a scene from the 1977 Egyptian film ‘Helwa Ya Dona al Hob’ (حلوة يا دنيا الحب). The film starred Soheir Ramzy, Hussein Fahmy and Akila Rateb. The film tells the story of a man who hits the road after being told that his father isn’t really his father. He joins a travelling show and falls in love with the dancer.
Soheir Ramzy is an actress who danced as and when required by the role she played. After a busy career she retired from the screen early in the 1990s following her decision to cover and wear hijab. In 2005 she announced her return to the screen in a tv drama series but she subsequently reversed her decision. In 2006 she decided to go ahead in a tv series, and has since made maybe half a dozen tv series and a radio play.