Naima Akef dances in a scene from the 1964 Egyptian colour production ‘Amir al Dahaa’. Starring Farid Shawki, Shwaiker, Naima Akef, Tawfiq Daqn and Mahmoud Morsi, the film is a remake, complete with the same dialogue, of the black and white 1950 film ‘Amir el Antikam’ (‘Prince of Revenge’) which starred Anwar Wagdy. The dance scenes from that earlier movie were performed by Samia Gamal and are on TheCaroVan (this YT channel) if you’d like to see them.
Screen legend Farid Shawki plays the Amir of the title and is the man reclining on the sofa watching. Naima Akef retired shortly after making this film to care for her child and sadly she died two years later while still in her mid-30s.
The film, which is known as ‘The Prince of Cunning’ aka ‘The Crafty One’ aka ‘The Artful Prince’ aka ‘The Prince of Savvy’ (well, you get the drift I’m sure) is based on French writer Alexandre Dumas’ book, ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’.
Movie trivia: 1. Farid Shawki who’s the star of this film, had a small part in the earlier production.
2. Both the 1950 and 1964 version of the story were directed by Henri Barakat.
3. The dubbed English language version of this film was released in the US with the grand title ‘Vengeance of the Desert’. (Thanks to Lynette of Serpentine)