This is Egyptian dancer Nabaweya Mustafa performing in a scene from the 1949 Egyptian film ‘Eweaa al Mahfaza’ (اوعى المحفظة known in English as ‘Watch Out For Your Wallet’). The singers in this scene are Suad Mekkawi and Mahmoud Shekuku and the woman in the fur coat is Lola Sedky. The movie starred Mahmoud Ismail (who also directed), Hassan Fayek and Taheya Karioka.
The dancer in this clip is of course the one and only Nabaweya Mustafa. The scene is from the 1946 Egyptian film ‘The Unknown Past’ (Al Madi al Maghool الماضي المجهول) which starred Laila Murad and Ahmed Salem. The female singer is Laila Murad and the song she’s singing, ‘Salam Alay’, is now well known to dancers worldwide.
The male star of this film, Ahmed Salem, was also the director. Born in 1910, he was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire in 1949 with a police officer following a violent argument with his then wife Asmahan (Amal al Atrache), the sister of Farid al Atrache.
Trivia: Ahmed Salam was one of Taheya Karioka’s many husbands.
The dancer in this clip is Egyptian born Nabaweya Mustafa (نبوية مصطفى). Her performance in this scene includes the splits, some floorwork as well as her usual dynamic hipwork. The scene is from a 1948 Egyptian movie titled ‘Nargis’ (نرجس Nargis is a girl’s name meaning in English ‘Narcissus’ which is a flower) starring Nour al Hoda, Mohamed Fawzy, Fardous Mohamed, Ali al Kassar and Ismail Yassin.
Nabaweya Mustafa is the dancer in this scene from the 1947 Egyptian film ‘Ana albi dalili’ (My Heart is My Guide قلبي دليلي). The film starred Anwar Wajdi, the man in the overalls and Leila Mourad who’s the girl locked in the basement with the villain of the film, Stefan Rosti. The singer is Mahmoud Abdel Aziz aka Abdel Aziz Mahmoud (عبدالعزيز محمود).
Trivia 1: In the film there’s a scene set at a masked ball where three masked thieves (who are disguised as three masked thieves) mix with the guests. The thieves are played by well known Egyptian screen actors Abdelmonem Ismail and Abdel Hamid Zaki along with a very young Farid Shawki.
Trivia 2: The toothless guy who features in the clip is a member of the gang of kidnappers and is played by Riad al Kosabgy (رياض القصبجي).
Nabaweya Mustafa is the dancer in this scene from the 1954 Egyptian film ‘Khalak ma Allah’ (‘Stay with God’ or ‘Trust in God’ خليك مع الله). The film starred comedian Ismail Yassin along with Mahmoud al Meliji, Zomoroda, Zeinat Sedki and Abdel Wares Asar. The film featured Nadia Riaz who doesn’t seem to have been in any other films save this one. The singer is Mohamed el Kahlawy (محمد الكحلاوي).
Nabaweya Mustafa dances in the 1942 Egyptian film ‘Aida’ which starred Umm Kulthum, Abbas Fares, Emad Hamdy and Aziza Badr. The movie was a failure at the box office and may have contributed to the split between Umm Kulthum and her long time composer Mohammad el Qasabgi.
Nabaweya Mustafa dances for Sabah and Anwar Wajdi who are the seated couple in a scene from the 1946 Egyptian film ‘Sirr Abi’ (My Father’s Secret). One look at those hips and you have to ask yourself ‘Who else could it be?’