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.

Katy (1954) كيتي

Egyptian bellydancer Katy performing in a show scene from the 1954 film ‘Dillouni ya naas’ (Show me the way people دلونى يا ناس) which starred Doria Ahmed and Shukry Sarhan. The male singer with Katy is Mahmoud Shekuku (محمود شكوكو) and the couple behind the curtain are Doria Ahmed and Abdel Salem al Nabulsi.


Katy كيتي (1953)

Golden era dancer Katy in a scene from the 1953 comedy ‘Ibn Zawat’ (ابن ذوات ) which starred Ismail Yassin, Siraj Munir, Abdel Salem al Nabulsi and Omar Al Gizawy. The singer in this clip is Mohamed Kandil. Katy (in English her name is also spelt Kitty, Keti and Katie) was born in Alexandria, Egypt 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 Thawat” and means ‘Son of the Privileged’ though some sites call it ‘Gilded Youth’ or ‘Son of Nobles’. Anyway, you get the gist I’m sure.
Like many of Ismail Yassin’s movies this one was written by Abo El Seoud El Ebiary. In this film Ismail Yassin plays a wealthy young man living the high life in Cairo. His uncle decides the young man should marry and chooses a suitable girl to be his 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 but 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.
The term ‘ibn zawat’ is sometimes used in Egypt almost as an insult, meaning a person who is soft and cares only about outward appearances.

Katy (1952) كيتي

This is Katy ( كيتي, Kitty, Keti, Katie etc) in a wedding scene from the 1952 tear jerker ‘Lahn al Kouloud’ (Immortal (or) Eternal Song لحن الخلود ) which starred Farid al Atrache in the main role as Wahid who has been entrusted with the care of his friend’s two daughters after the friend’s death. The girls’ brother however is not nice and is in fact the reason for their father’s death. The film starred Magda, Madiha Yousri, Seraj Munir and Faten Hamama (who was Mrs Omar Sharif for many years).

Katy (1958) كيتي

Katy dances in a scene from the 1958 film ‘Hal aktulu zawji?’ (Should I Kill my Husband? هل اقتل زوجي). The film starred Mohsen Sarhan, Samira Ahmed and Tawfik al Deqn (the man at the bar who’s worse for wear).

TheCaroVan YouTube channel

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TheCaroVan’s YouTube channel is no more.  The channel featured short clips of bellydancers from the Middle East and occasionally singers, usually in scenes or clips taken from old Egyptian and Lebanese movies some as far back as the 1930s.  Full movies were never uploaded.
TheCaroVan YouTube account has been terminated after receiving copyright demands from companies and copyright organisations who claimed the ownership of some of the clips and/or the accompanying music.  While some of the claims were from entities who, after a minimal amount of research proved to be non-existent, some claims and organisations were legitimate and if you were a regular visitor to TheCaroVan you would have noticed that in the past, clips has been removed in compliance.
In the end, TheCarovan account was terminated due to a take-down notice by a company in France who claims to own the copyright to the 1955 Egyptian film ‘Sigarah wa Kas’ (A Glass and a Cigarette) which features dancing by Samia Gamal.  Interestingly enough there is at least one other company who claims to own the worldwide copyright of this same movie.
I removed the offending clip yesterday, immediately on receiving the notice, but that wasn’t good enough apparently and the account has been terminated.  As a result the channel and its research and information that more than 6,000,000 viewers had accessed, is now lost.
So, long story short, TheCaroVan is no more and I am now ‘An individual whose account has been closed [is] prohibited from accessing, possessing or creating any other YouTube account.’
Ah well, as someone who lives in the Middle East, as you can imagine, we have one or two other things to worry about at the moment…..

Katy (1951) كيتي

Golden era bellydancer Katy in a scene from the 1951 Egyptian film “Akhlaq lel beia” (Morals/Virtue For Sale). The singer is Shekuku. The film starred Faten Hamama, Mimi Shakeeb and Mahmoud Zulfikar . The screenplay was written by Abo El Seoud El Ebiary who also wrote most of Ismael Yassine’s comedy films.

Trivia: Someone once calculated that El Ebiary wrote nearly 17% of the entire output of Egyptian cinema to date.