The dancer in this clip is Nabaweya Hassan (نبوية حسن) who only seems to have appeared in two movies, both in 1951 and both starring comedian Ismail Yassin. This scene is from “My Mother-in-Law is an Atomic Bomb” (Hamati Kombola Zorriaحماتى قنبلة ذرية). The film tells the story of Zaahar and Batta (Ismail Yassin and Taheya Karioka) who are a happily married couple. Unfortunately Batta’s mother, played by veteran comedienne Mary Munib thinks Batta can do better for herself and forces the couple apart. Also starring were Wedad Hamdi and Abdel Fatah el Quossary. Many thanks to Atyat Ghareeb and Sonja Antanasijevic for the dancer ID.
This is Taheya Karioka performing in a scene from the 1944 Egyptian comedy film ‘Naduga’ (نادوجا). The film also starred Ismail Yassin, Mohammed al Bakkar and Fardos Mohamed. Taheya Karioka plays Nadia, a local politician’s daughter who was lost in the forest many years previously. Nadia’s origins have been forgotten and she’s now known to everyone as Naduga (also spelt ‘Nadoga’). She’s been raised by the animals and is now protected by an 8 feet tall monkey. (If there’s an Oscar for ‘Worst Monkey Suit Ever’ this one would win it.)
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.
The dancer in this scene from the 1959 Egyptian comedy ‘Arees Merati’ (‘My Wife’s Groom’ (عريس مراتى) is Hermeen (also spelt Hermine). The film had an all-star cast headed by Ismail Yassin, Lola Sedki, Abdel Salem al Nabulsi and Zeinat Sedki. Also starring were Fuad al Mohandes, Tawfik al Deqn and Khayria Ahmed who gives a fabulous comic performance.
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.
Nabaweya Mustafa is the dancer in this scene from the 1954 Egyptian film ‘Khalak ma Allah’ (‘Stay with God’ or ‘Trust in God’ خليك مع الله). The film starred comedian Ismail Yassin along with Mahmoud al Meliji, Zomoroda, Zeinat Sedki and Abdel Wares Asar. The film featured Nadia Riaz who doesn’t seem to have been in any other films save this one. The singer is Mohamed el Kahlawy (محمد الكحلاوي).
This is another clip of Egyptian dancer Riri performing in the 1957 Egyptian comedy, ‘Ismail Yassine lil Beih’ (Ismail Yassine for Sale اسماعيل يس للبيع).
The film tells the story of Leila, played by former child star Fayrouz, who tries to commit suicide but is saved by Ismail (Ismail Yassine).. Fayrouz would have been around 16 years old when this film was made. Some sites give her birth year as 1943 which would have made her only 14 when this film was made. Also starring were Thuraya Helmi and Reyad El Kasabgy.
This is a little known Egyptian dancer named Riri performing in a scene from a 1957 Egyptian comedy, ‘Ismail Yassine lil Beih’ (Ismail Yassine for Sale اسماعيل يس للبيع).
The film starred comedian Ismail Yassine who’s the groom in this scene and whose name was used in the titles of a series of movies. The film also starred former child actress Feyrouz who would have been around 16 years old when this film was made. Also starring were Thuraya Helmi and Suad Makawi.
Egyptian bellydancer Nagwa Fouad in another scene from the 1961 comedy film ‘Zawj bil ijar’ (‘Husband for Rent’ or ‘Husband by Proxy’ زوج بالإيجار ). The film starred comedian Ismail Yassin as a wealthy businessman named Murad who is facing bankruptcy. He also plays Murad’s lookalike named Filfil. The film also starred Zahrat al Ola, Wedad Hamdi and Hassan Fayek.
In this scene from the 1953 Egyptian film ‘Ibn Thawat’ (ابن ذوات) Katy’s performance starts just inches from burlesque. This is followed by a rhumba, then Spanish, melaya, baladi, cane and finally she puts on a bedlah for a short piece of raks sharki. Katy (her name is also spelt Kitty, Keti and Katie) was born in Alexandria to a Greek father and Egyptian mother. She appeared in many movies from the 1950s through to the mid-1960s but left Egypt in mysterious circumstances after being implicated in a spy plot.
The film’s title is also spelt ‘Ibn Zawat’ and means ‘Son of the Privileged’ though some sites call it ‘Gilded Youth’ or ‘Son of Nobles’ but anyway you get the gist I’m sure. The film starred Ismail Yassin who’s the man singing in this clip and, like many of Yassin’s movies, it was written by Abo el Seoud el Ebiary. Ismail Yassin plays a wealthy single man living the high life in Cairo. His uncle decides he should marry and chooses a suitable girl to be the young man’s bride. When the uncle asks the girl to marry his nephew she tells him she can’t because she’s already in love with another man. The complication is that her father refuses to let her marry her intended. Eventually the uncle finds out that the young man in question is his nephew. The girl’s father relents and everyone lives happily ever after.
Trivia: The term ‘ibn zawat’ is used by awlad baladi almost as an insult, meaning a person who is soft and cares only about outward appearances.