Hosna Solomon (1952) حسنة سليمان

This is a ‘Nubian style’ dance by actress Hosna Solomon (1925-1998) from the 1952 Egyptian film ‘Qaleel al Bakht’ (The Unlucky One قليل البخت) which starred Shadia and Kamal al Shinnawi. As you can see, while the music Hosna Solomon dances to is Nubian there’s very little folkloric component in her dance movements. The dancing is strictly Egyptian.

Soraya Hassan (1952) ثريا حسن

This is a little known Egyptian bellydancer named Soraya Hassan dancing in a scene from the 1952 film ‘Qaleel al Bakht’ (The Unlucky One قليل البخت).  Born in 1924 Soraya Hassan was an actress-dancer who had small roles in several Egyptian films during the 1950s but then faded from view.  The same story holds for the dancer on her right whose name was Gina.
The film starred Shadia who’s the female singer in this scene. The male singer is a young Galal Shafik.  Also starring are Ismail Yassin, Kamal al Shennawi and Zamoroda (sitting at the table) and Mahmoud el Meliji.

Lola Abdu (1952) لولا عبده

Egyptian bellydancer Lola Abdu (also spelt Lula) dances with comedian Ismail Yassin in a scene from the 1952 film ‘Qaleel al Bakht’ (The Unlucky One قليل البخت) which starred Shadia who plays an entertainer in Alexandria named Bolbola. She meets Hussein played by Kamal al Shinnawi and they fall in love. Unfortunately Bolbola’s cousin Elham played by Zomoda sets her sights on Hussein and tells him lies about Bolbola. Elham then falls in love with Monir played by Mahmoud al Meliji who dumps Elham and she goes mad as a result. Hussein leaves town and eventually Bolbola commits suicide. Years later Hussein returns and meets Bolbola’s daughter (also played by Shadia).