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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.