Katy (1953) كيتي

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.

Katy (1954) كيتي


This is golden era bellydancer Katy (1927-1980) in a scene from the 1954 Egyptian film ‘El Ard el Tayeba’ (The Good Earth الارض الطيبة) which starred Kamal Al Shennawi and Mariam Fakhr Eddine. They play the couple shown in this clip.  Also starring were Hussein Riyad, Abdul Salem al Nabulsi and Zouzou Madi.  The female singer is Suad Mekkawi and the male dancer wearing the top hat is Omar al Gizawy.

Katy كيتي

Katy (her name is also spelt in English as Kitty, Keti and Katie) was born in 1927 in Alexandria, Egypt to a Greek father and Egyptian mother. The male singer who is playing the part of the magician is Mahmoud Shekuku who was usually known by just his family name. Can anyone ID the movie please?
Katy returned to live in Athens in 1965 following a scandal in Egypt which involved her affair with a man named Refaat al Gammal who proved to be an Israeli double agent.
Trivia: Refaat al Gammal loved acting and appeared in small roles in several Egyptian movies.

Katy (1953) كيتي

Egyptian/Greek bellydancer Katy in a scene from the 1953 film ‘Al Mukadder w’al Maktoob’ (Fate and Destiny or pre-destiny المقدر والمكتوب ). The film starred Abdel Aziz Mahmoud, Hoda Shams el Dinn, Shekuku (the dentist in this scene) and the lovely voice of Suad Mekkawi.

Katy (1952) كيتي

This scene featuring bellydancer Katy (also spelt Keti, Kitty, Katie and Kittie) is from the 1952 Egyptian film ‘Men Ayn Laka Hadha’ (Where did you get this?). The film starred Mohamed Fawzi, Ismail Yassin, Zeinat Sedki and Madiha Yusri.
Katy was born in Alexandria, Egypt, of Greek heritage. I’m sure I’m saying things you already know but many who come to this channel are not aware that there was a large Greek community in Egypt prior to the 1952 revolution. The majority left Egypt in the decade or so following. Back to Katy though, as her fame relates to her nationality due to her place of birth I’ve referred to her as Egyptian. Off topic, she appeared in at least two Greek language films and speaks Greek in at least one of her Egyptian films where she plays the daughter of the local Greek barber.
In this film Mohamed Fawzi plays Wahid, a medical student who invents a chemical mix that makes things invisible. He experiments on a goldfish, then a dog and finally he experiments on people. He uses his invention to save his true love from an evil gangster and they all live happily ever after…except for the gangster. The film was directed by Niazi Mustafa.
Film trivia: Fawzi and Yusri married about a decade after this film was made.

Bellydancer Katy كيتي and Kristo Kladakis خريستو كلاداكيس

Egyptian bellydancer Katy performing with Kristo Kladakis in the 1954 film ‘Dillouni ya Nas’ (Show Me the Way People  دلونى يا ناس).  The film starred Doria Ahmed in the main role as Nahid, Shukry Sarhan as Hassan, Hind Rostom, Abdel Salem al Nabulsi and Zeinat Sedki. The over-excited guy in the audience is Omar al Gizawy and the man looking through the stage curtains is Hussein Issa.