This is Egyptian dancer Taheya Karioka performing in a scene from the 1953 Egyptian film “Hamido” (حميدو). The film starred Farid Shawki and Huda Sultan playing Hamido and Sayeda who are involved in a drug smuggling operation. Also starring was Mahmoud al Meligi who enters part way through the scene. He plays El Qersh (the baddie) and the part famously calls for a hook for a hand, you’ll see him drinking tea/beer (!) in this scene using the hook. The singer in this scene is Saed Darwish al Tantari (سيد درويش الطنطاوى) not to be confused with Saed Darwish the composer.
This is a second clip of legendary Egyptian dancer Nagwa Fouad performing in the 1974 Egyptian film ‘Anisat wa Sayidat ‘ (Girls and Women آنسات و سيدات ). This time she is performing in civvies. The singer in this very badly dubbed clip is Alexandria born Leila Nazmi and the man is Saeed Saleh. The film starred Nour el Sherif and Suhair Ramzi but neither of them appear in this scene.
This is dancer Nagwa Fouad and singer Ahmed Adaweya performing in a wedding scene from the 1982 Egyptian film “El Salakhana” (The Slaughter House السلخانة ). The movie starred Adel Adham, Mohamed Reda (the actor not the dancer) and Madiha Kamel. The bride and groom in this scene are played by Samir Sabri and Leila Hamada.
This is Taheya Karioka performing in a scene from the 1953 Egyptian film “Hamido” (حميدو). Born in Egypt in February 1915 Taheya Karioka left home at an early age and went on to develop a long career as a dancer and later as an actress. She died in Cairo in 1999.
This film starred Farid Shawki and Huda Sultan who were married to each other at the time. They play Hamido and Sayeda who are involved in a drug smuggling operation. Also starring were Marie Munib and Mahmoud al Meligi who plays the part of El Qersh the baddie which famously calls for a hook for a hand. The singer in this clip is Ahmed Abdullah (عبدالله احمد).
This is the third dance by Samia Gamal from the 1951 Egyptian film “Intiqam al Habib” (The Lover’s Revenge انتقام الحبيب). The actor by the lantern is Yahia Shaheen.
Well, as you know, I’m a big fan of Egyptian dancer and actress Hayatim. Born as Suhair Hassan in Alexandria, Egypt in 1950, Hayatim first made her name as a dancer at weddings and parties. She moved to Cairo and became a very popular dancer eventually moving into movies. She’s appeared in numerous Egyptian films, initially as a bellydancer who did a bit of acting and later as an actress who did a bit of dancing. She was married for some years to Egyptian actor Mohamed Khairy.
Hayatim was a terrific dancer in her heyday, despite the eye searing ‘special effects’ that often featured in her videos. She was featured in a series of Egyptian bellydance VHS tapes that introduced many Westerners to famous Egyptian dancers such as Nagwa Fouad and Soheir Zaki. Hayatim oozes confidence but not the in-your-face aggressive confidence that we see from some of today’s dancers. Hayatim’s style is relaxed and fluid and she doesn’t attempt to beat the music to death.
The dancer in this scene from the 1962 Egyptian film ‘The Slaves of the Body’ (عبيد الجسد Abid Al Jasad) is Zeinat Olwi. The film starred singer/actress Huda Sultan, her then husband Farid Shawki and Mahmoud al Meliji. The man Zeinat flirts with and who visualizes her in different costumes is Tawfik al Deqn (1924-1988).
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 1: The film was also released as ‘Le Chacal du Desert’.
Trivia 2: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.
The dancer in this clip is Egyptian dancer and actress Samiha Tawfik who was born in Fayoum (about 100kms from Cairo) in 1928 and died in Cairo in 2010. The scene is from the Egyptian comedy “Feleh and Mehtas” (فالح ومحتاس) which was released in 1954. The singer is Sherifa Maher.
This clip features Egyptian actress Hala al Shawaby (هالة الشواربي) performing in a scene from the 1972 film ‘Kings of Evil’ (ملوك الشر Molok al Shar). The film starred Farid Shawki, Tawfik al Deqn and Mahmoud al Meliji who owns the feet. Born in Cairo in 1938 Hala al Shawaby retired in the early 1990s and died in 2007.
Soheir Zaki also performed in this movie and her performance can be found at vimeo.com/106674099