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 (1952) كيتي

Greek/Egyptian bellydancer Katy performing in a scene from the 1952 Egyptian film ‘Min Al Qalb Ila El Qalb’ (‘From a heart to a heart’ من القلب للقلب) which starred Leila Murad, Kamal al Shinawi, Mahmoud al Meliji and Abbas Fares.

Katy (1953) كيتي

A fun piece featuring bellydancer Katy playing an office secretary in a scene from the 1953 Egyptian film ‘Maglis al Edara’ (Board of Directors مجلس الإدارة).  The other secretary is singer Soad Mekawy and ‘the man from security’ is played by Omar Al Gizawy.  This is the theme song from the film which starred Sherifa Maher, Hoda Shamseddine and Hassan Fayek.  Katy, though known as a bellydancer, was also a talented comedienne.

Katy (1953) كيتي

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.

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.