Taheya Karioka (1952) تحية كاريوكا

Taheya Karioka dances in a scene from the 1952 film ‘El Zuhur el Fatina’ (Charming Flowers الزهور الفاتنة ). The film tells the story of two poor sisters named Ratiba (Karioka) and Karima (Faten Hamama). Ratiba is an ambitious dancer who’ll do anything (and anyone) to move up in life while her sister works as a nurse and takes care of their widowed mother played by Aziza Helmy. Long story (very) short, Taheya’s character marries an older man for his money, has a child then gets caught with her boyfriend and is divorced. She develops a terminal illness, goes on Hajj, comes back to Cairo and dies with her child in her arms surrounded by her forgiving family.
The film starred just about anyone-who-was-anyone in Egyptian cinema at that time: Faten Hamama, Mahmoud al Meliji, Fardous Mohamed, Farid Shawki, Hussein Riad, Aziza Helmy, Shukri Sarhan, Omar al Gizawy and Thuraya Fahkri.

Taheya Karioka (1951) كاريوكا تحية

Taheya Karioka is the dancer in this scene from the Egyptian film “Hamati Kombola Zorria” (My Mother-in-Law is an Atomic Bomb حماتى قنبلة ذرية ) which was released in October 1951 (or in 1952 on other sites). She starred in the film along with legendary Egyptian comedienne Marie Munib who’s the mother-in-law of the film’s title. Also starring were Shadia, Wedad Hamdi and Ismail Yassin who’s the man wearing the sombrero at the start of the clip.

Taheya Karioka (1952) تحية كاريوكا‎

Taheya Karioka dances in a nightclub scene from the 1952 film ‘El Zuhur el Fatina’ (Charming Flowers الزهور الفاتنة ).  The film tells the story of two poor sisters named Ratiba (Karioka) and Karima (Faten Hamama). Ratiba is an ambitious dancer who’ll do anything (and anyone) to move up in life.  Her sister works as a nurse and takes care of their widowed mother played by Aziza Helmy.  Long story (very) short, Taheya’s character marries an older man for his money, has a child then gets caught with her boyfriend, is divorced and the child is taken from her. She develops a terminal illness, goes on Hajj, comes back to Cairo and dies with her child in her arms surrounded by her forgiving family.  Also starring were Mahmoud el Meliji,, Shokry Sarhan, Fardous Mohamed, Hussain Riad and Farid Shawki.

Taheya Karioka (1959) كاريوكا تحية

If you ever wanted a film that stirs up fond memories and has so many Arabic people saying ‘Oh, I remember seeing that…’, then this is the one. Taheya Karioka dances in a scene from the 1959 Egyptian drama ‘Hob Hatta Alibeh’ ( حب حتى العبادة). The film’s title is translated as ‘Sublime Amour’ which even for 1959, is rather archaic language. ‘Sublime Amour’ sounds like the name of a cheap perfume. The words used in the title could mean ‘Love even (or until) Worship’. The film centres around union activity in a factory but there’s a love story too. Taheya Karioka starred along with Salah Zulfikar, Zizi al Badrawi, Riad Hussain, Omar Hariri and Zuzu Nabil. The music she dances to was written by Fouad al Zahery (فؤاد الظاهرى1915-1988) whose compositions can be heard in many Egyptian films.

Taheya Karioka (1958) تحية كاريوكا‎

Legendary Egyptian bellydancer Taheya Karioka in a scene from the 1958 film ‘Habibi Al Asmar’ (My Dark Sweetheart حبيبي الأسمر). Taheya shared top billing in this movie with Samia Gamal and actors Shukri Sarhan and Youssef Wehbi. The music for the movie was composed by Mohamed Abdel Wahab.

Taheya Karioka (1942) كاريوكا تحية

Legendary bellydancer Taheya Karioka performs in a scene from the 1942 Egyptian film ‘Aheb al Ghalat’ (I Like Mistakes أحب الغلط) which starred Anwar Wajdi, Hussein Sidqi, Fardous Mohammad and Ismail Yassin.
Taheya plays a dancer named Badawia who falls in love with Alawi (Sidqi), a rich man’s son who’s trying to be successful in his own right as a music composer. The father refuses his son’s request to marry the dancer. Subsequently the father has a heart attack and is nursed back to health by the dancer. Badawia tells Alawi that she has fallen in love with someone else but the father realises what a good hearted person she is and then he gives his consent to his son and the dancer to marry.