This is actress/dancer Ellen Diato dancing in a scene from the 1956 Egyptian film ‘Sahibat al Azama’ (The Great Lady صاحبة العصمة ). The man rolling off the stage at the end of the scene is comedian Ismail Yassin.
Ellen Diato was born in Cairo of Greek descent and appeared in a number of Egyptian movies in the 1950s either as a dancer or in small acting roles. Her films included ‘Delilah’ which starred Abdel Halim Hafez (she dances while Mary Ezzeldine sings), several films with Ismail Yassin and also with Nelly Mazloum.
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.
Taheya Karioka performs in a scene from the 1949 Egyptian film ‘Manadil al Helou’ (The Beauty’s Veil منديل الحلو). The film starred Taheya, along with Mahmoud El Meligi, Marie Munib, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz and Aziza Mohamed.
Katy in a scene from the 1953 comedy ‘Majlis El Edara’ (The Board of Directors مجلس الإدارة ). She’s fabulous, love her. In this scene Katy’s dancing to distract actor Riad al Qasabgi so he doesn’t see that the live bullets in his gun are being replaced with blanks.
The film starred Sherifa Maher, Mohamed Salman and Estefan Rosti.
Samia Gamal dances at an engagement party in a scene from the 1944 film ‘Meen al Gani?’ (Who’s the Criminal? من الجانى) The film starred Amina Risk, Abbas Fares, Mary Munib and Anwar Wajdi. The man in the light coloured suit on the right is a very young (and thin) Ismail Yassin who went on to become a comedy legend in the ME with a string of successful films.
The bedlah Samia’s wearing is a similar design to one worn by Hager Hamdi in the 1946 film ‘The Unknown Singer’.
The bellydancer in this clip, Houreya Mohammed (1918-1970) should be better known as she’s a terrific dancer. This scene is from the 1949 Egyptian film ‘Fatma, Marika, and Rachel’ (فاطمة وماريكا وراشيل) which starred Mohammed Fawzi, Lola Sedki, Ismael Yassin and Madiha Yousri. The film has been classed as an ‘ethnic comedy’ as it tells the story of a man who is in love with three different women, the ladies being Fatma who’s a Muslim, Marika who’s a Christian and Rachel who’s a Jew. Lebanese actress/dancer Nelly Mazloum plays the part of Rachel.
Trivia: Its rumoured that Houreya Mohammed was the dancer who famously slashed Taheya Karioka’s costumes in a fit of jealousy when they both worked for Badia Masabni. Does anyone know if this is true or not?