Nagwa Fouad (1963) نجوى فؤاد

Nagwa Fouad in a scene from the 1963 Egyptian film ‘El Majneen fi Naim’ (Madmen in Paradise المجانين فى نعيم).  She enters wearing a melaya and as the scene progresses she even does The Twist.  The film starred Rushdy Abaza who’s the man she dances with in this scene.  Co-starring were Stefan Rosti, Zeinat Sedki, Mimi Shakeeb and Ismail Yassin.

Nagwa Fouad (1961) فؤاد نجوى

Nagwa Fouad dances in a couple of scenes from the 1961 Egyptian comedy, ‘Ashour kalb el assad’ (Ashour the Lionhearted عاشور قلب الأسد ) which starred Abdel Salem al Nabulsi (in the title role), Rushdi Abaza, Abdel Menam Ibrahim, Zahrat al Ola and Adib El Tarabolsi as the Mad Professor who’s the cause of the itching outbreak at the end of the clip.



Nagwa Fouad (1960)

Nagwa Fouad dances in a scene from the 1960 Egyptian film ‘Inni Ataham’ (Accused) which starred Emad Hamdy, Mohsen Sarhan, Doria Ahmed and Salah Zulfikar. In this scene Nagwa dances to the M.A. Wahab song ‘Aziza’. The girl in the hospital bed is actress Zubaida Tharwat playing Naima, who’s recovering after being run down by a motorcyclist.

Nagwa Fouad (1968) فؤاد نجوى

Nagwa Fouad dances in a scene from the 1968 comedy ‘Al Millionaire al Mouzayyaf’ (The Fake Millionaire المليونير المزيف) which starred Fuad al Mohandes, Shweiker (who’s banging on the door) and Abbas Fares. Egyptian actor Hassan Mostafa is inside the robot suit. Nagwa Foud starts dancing at about .28 seconds in.

Nagwa Found (1976) نجوى فؤاد

Nagwa Fouad in a scene from the 1976 film ‘Aalam Eyal Eyal’ (A World of Children – the word ‘eyal’ meaning children is repeated in the Arabic title as there are lots of them involved).  The film starred Rushdi Abaza, Samira Ahmed, Samir Sabri and Samir Ghanem and told the story of a lady with 8 kids who marries a man with 6 – or it could be the other way round – anyway, there are lots of children and the film tells the story of the resulting problems with a blended family.

Nagwa Fouad (1960) فؤاد نجوى

Nagwa Fouad dances in a scene from the 1960 Egyptian film ‘Gharem fil Sirk’ (Love in the Circus غرام فى السيرك ) which starred Ismail Yassin, Berlanti Abdel Hamid and the ‘cute as a button’ child actor Ahmed Farhat. In this film Nagwa Fouad plays Warda, who is one half of a circus trapeze act with her husband Hassan. Hassan is played by none other than Farouk (Frank) Agrama who went on to be a famous director of horror films in the US.
Trivia: Frank Agrama was the producer of ‘Bazy-e-shance’ that starred bellydancer Nadia Gamal.

Nagwa Fouad (1960) فؤاد نجوى

The dancer in this clip, Nagwa Fouad ( فؤاد نجوى), needs no introduction This wedding scene is from the 1960 Egyptian comedy ‘Shahr assal basel’ (literally, ‘Honeymoon Onions’ which certainly conveys the idea, but the film’s better known in English as ‘The Ruined Honeymoon’ or ‘The Honeymoon Fell Flat’.) The film tells the story of Ismail and Samia (Ismail Yassine and Cariman) who, after many ups-and-downs, eventually marry and this is the scene in this clip. The newly married couple leave on honeymoon but are promptly joined by her mother (the irrepressible Mary Mounib who keeps getting flicked by Nagwa’s veil in this scene). The film follows the couple as the husband makes several attempts to (non fatally) get rid of his MIL.
Like so many other big names of that time, including Ismail Yassine himself, Marie Mounib rose to fame as one of Najib al Rihani’s company of actors.  The dance tie-in is that Najib al Rihani was married to Badia Masabni the woman often credited with being the founder of ‘modern cabaret’ bellydance in Cairo in the 1930s-40s.