In this scene, legendary Egyptian dancer Samia Gamal performs while the singer is Lebanese born Sabah. The scene is from the 1959 Egyptian film ‘Al Rajol al Thani’ (The Second Man الرجل الثاني) which also starred Salah Zulfikar and Rushdi Abaza.
Its interesting to see Samia Gamal, Sabah and Rushdi Abaza in the same film. As you probably know, Egyptian actor Rushdi Abaza was married to Samia Gamal from 1958 to 1977 but he married Sabah in 1977 prior to the end of his marriage to Gamal. The Sabah-Abaza marriage lasted less than a week as, according to Sabah, he’d omitted to tell her that he was still legally married to Samia. Nobody really seems to know the truth. Did Sabah and Abaza had a mut'ah which is a legal though temporary marriage, known over here as 'The 5 Minute Marriage'? Or did he just like dancers? (He’d previously been married to Taheya Karioka.) Who knows?
This is Samia Gamal performing in a scene from the 1951 Egyptian film “Intiqam al Habib” (The Lover’s Revenge انتقام الحبيب). In this film she plays Zahrah who was kidnapped as a child and has been raised by the tribe of rustlers and thieves. The film also starred Yahia Shaheen and famous Egyptian screen actor Farid Shawki plays Hamdan the leader of the thieves. This clip features Tunisian singer and actress Hassiba Rochdi who plays Nadia, Hamdan’s mistress. The male singer performing with her in this clip is Mohamed Abdel Muttalib.
Trivia: The film was also released as ‘Le Chacal du Desert’. The film was directed by Egyptian born filmmaker Gianni Vernuccio who’d left Egypt when young to return to Italy where he went to university. He returned to Egypt briefly to direct a couple of films including this one. Apparently he was in Italy at the end of WWII and filmed the bodies of Mussolini and his mistress.
Two legends of Egyptian bellydance perform together in a scene from the 1958 film ‘Habibi Al Asmar’ (My Dark Sweetheart حبيبي الأسمر ). In this scene, Samia Gamal is daydreaming and imagines herself and Taheya Karioka dancing to the music playing on the record player.
The film, which was directed by Niazi Mostafa, tells the story of two bellydancers and their relationships with the men in their lives. The film’s music, including the famous theme song, was composed by Mohamed Abdul Wahab.
Egyptian bellydance legend Samia Gamal in a scene from the 1964 film ‘Bint al Hitta’ (Local Girl). The film starred Shukry Sarhan, Zahrat al Ola, Tawfiq Adakkn and Aziza Helmy.
The singer performing with her is Maurice Zaki Murad better known as Mounir Murad, the brother of movie star Leila Murad. Mounir Murad was also the husband of Egyptian actress Soheir al Babli.
Samia Gamal dances to ‘Ay Ya Zein’ (Oh Beautiful) in a scene from the 1964 film ‘Bint al Hetta’ (Local Girl بنت الحته). She has dark brown hair in this film. The film starred Shukry Sarhan (at the table in the dark jacket), Zahrat al Ola, Tawfik El Deqn (at the table on the right) and Zouzou Nabil. The other man at the table is Mahmoud Ismail.