Hermine and Soraya Salem (1954)

The two dancers in this clip from the 1954 Egyptian film ‘Banat Hawa’ (بنات حواء Eve’s Daughters aka Women of Pleasure) are Hermine (in two different costumes) and Soraya Salem. The singer is Mohamed Fawzi.

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Hager Hamdi (1950) هاجر حمدى

This is a scene from the 1950 Egyptian romance ‘Al Anissa Mama’ (The Young (or Unmarried) Mother الآنسة ماما) which starred Lebanese singer Sabah (1927-2014) along with Mohamed Fawzi (1918-1966) and Ismail Yassin (1912-1972). The dancer in this scene is Hager Hamdi (1924-2008).
Trivia: Mohamed Fawzi was the real life brother of Egyptian singer/actress Huda Sultan.

Samia Gamal (1959) سامية جمال

Samia Gamal dancing to the beautiful song ‘Habibi we’naya’ in a scene from the 1959 Egyptian film ‘Kull daqqa fi qalbi’ (Every Beat of My Heart كل دقة فى قلبى). She plays Suhair a dancer who meets an up and coming singer named Fathi literally by accident in a car crash. The singer, played by Mohamed Fawzi, is bedridden as a result and in this scene he’s imagining Samia’s character dancing. Love blossoms between dancer and singer but Suhair has another admirer who dreams up a scheme to frame the singer for a crime he didn’t commit.
Mohamed Fawzi composed the music for the song and the lyrics were written by Mohamed Halawa.

Mohamed Fawzi and Leila Fawzi (1959)

Mohamed Fawzi and Leyla Fawzi sing in the finale of the 1959 film ‘Layla, Bint al Shati’ (Layla, Girl from the Shore ليلى بنت الشاطئ) which also starred Wedad Hamdi who’s in the audience.
If you’re not into singing then jump to 4:18 for a trio of dancers.

Zeinat Olwi زينات علوي (1953)

Zeinat Olwi dances in a scene from the 1953 film ‘Fael Khair’ (The Benefactor). Like many bellydancers of that time Zeinat Olwi started out working in the nightclub of Badia Masabni first as a chorus line dancer and later as a soloist. A lifelong heavy smoker, Zeinat died in 1988 following a massive heart attack.
The film starred Sabah (with the handbag looking out the window), Ismail Yassine (in the beige jacket in the front row at the men’s party and also in drag, second from left, at the women’s party) and Zomoroda (the woman sitting in the car. Her name means ‘Emerald’). The singer in this clip is Mohammed Fawzi. He was the brother of actress Huda Sultan and composer of the music for the Algerian national anthem.

Ragaa Youssef (1955)

Ragaa Youssef dances in a wedding scene from the 1955 film ‘Thawrat al Madina’ (Revolution City or A Town Revolts ثورة المدينة).
Despite the title the film has little to do with a city and even less to do with a revolution. It tells the story of Fatima, played by Sabah, who’s come to the conclusion that she, like her mother, will die in childbirth. This explains her anguish at her wedding shown in this scene. The film also starred Mohamed Fawzi who plays the groom Ahmed. Hussein Riad plays the father who plots to kill Ahmed and dies in the process. Wedad Hamdy plays the maid who, in this scene, breaks the news that the bride has ‘done a runner’. Happy ending though as Fatima and Ahmed are shown in the last scene, in the future, with their brood of children.