The dancer in this scene is the legendary Naima Akef (1929-1966) and the singer is Karem Mahmoud (1922-1995) who was a well-known Egyptian singer and actor. The scene’s from the 1954 Egyptian film ‘Nour al Ayoun’ (Light of My Eyes نور عيوني ) which also starred Mahmoud al Meliji, Zeinat Sedki and Hassan Fayek. A quick summary of the film plot is that Nour the dancer (Akef) loves Adel the singer (Mahmoud) and they’re a successful duet. Hanafi (al Meliji) is jealous and pins a murder charge on Adel who’s arrested. Nour gets a confession from Hanafi and Nour and Adel get married.
Trivia: If you’re interested, there’s a clip on this channel of Egyptian dancer Nagua Fouad performing while Karem Mahmoud sings “Samra ya Samra”.
Dancer and actress Naima Akef (1929-1966) performs in a scene from the Egyptian film ‘Furigat’ which was released in July 1951. The film’s Arabic title فرجت is often translated into English as ‘All’s Well’ but the word can also mean ‘released’ which sort of ties in with the storyline
The film starred Naima Akef and also Abbas Fares, Hassan Fayek and actress Zomoroda. I think the actor miming the song in this scene is Salah Abdelhamid.
Naima Akef’s big break came when she was introduced by singer Suad Makkawi to the talent scouts at Nahhas Films in Cairo, a company that, at that time, was part owned by Egyptian actor Yousef Wehbi.
The overseeing company, Studio Nahhas, was nationalised in 1963 by the Egyptian government and its name was changed to ‘Studio el Nil’ (Nile Studios). At some point thereafter the name was changed back to Studio Nahhas and now the whole area is known as Cinema City.
Naima Akef dances in a scene from the 1952 Egyptian film ‘Al Nimr’ (The Tiger النمر). The film tells the story of Darwish (Zaki Rostom) a nightclub owner who is nice to those around him but is in fact, a drug runner codenamed ‘Tiger’. Naima Akef plays his daughter Faten. The film also starred Lola Sedki as Huda, Farid Shawki as Afifi and Anwar Wajdi as Salah, the policeman.
Naima Akef (نعيمة عاكف) dances in what’s probably the most famous scene from the 1957 Egyptian film ‘Tamra Henna’ (تمر حنة). The film also starred Ahmed Ramzy, Seraj Munir, Rushdy Abaza as Hassan, Tamr Henna’s finance and Fayza Ahmed who is the singer in this clip.
Trivia: 1) Tamar hinna, tamra henna or tamerhinna is the name here for tamarind. The words ‘tamer hina’ mean literally ‘Indian date’. Supermarkets sell tamarind by the box full and you can eat the fruit straight from the box. There are big seeds/pips though.
2) If you follow Egyptian classic movies you’ll recognise Zeinat Sedki as the riq player in the band.