This is Taheya Karioka in a wedding scene from the 1942 Egyptian film “Dreams of Youth” (أحلام الشباب Ahlam al Shabab). She plays the part of Bahia, a dancer who tries but fails to make Farid al Atrache fall in love with her, In this scene she’s hired unknowingly to dance at the wedding of Farid and Elham played by Madiha Yousri. Everything goes along fine until Taheya realises who the groom is. The bride’s aunt is played by the wonderful Marie Munib who’s on the left of screen with the feather in her hair.
This is Taheya Karioka performing in another scene from the 1944 Egyptian comedy film ‘Naduga’ (نادوجا). The film also starred Egyptian comedian Ismail Yassin who’s the man who starts the dancing and then brings her into the middle of the circle. Also starring were Mohammed al Bakkar and Fardos Mohamed. Taheya Karioka plays Nadia, a local politician’s daughter who was lost in the forest many years previously. Nadia’s origins have been forgotten and she’s now known to everyone as Naduga (also spelt ‘Nadoga’). She’s protected by an 8 feet tall monkey and if there’s an Oscar for ‘Worst Monkey Suit Ever’ this one would win it.
This is Taheya Karioka performing in a scene from the 1944 Egyptian comedy film ‘Naduga’ (نادوجا). The film also starred Ismail Yassin, Mohammed al Bakkar and Fardos Mohamed. Taheya Karioka plays Nadia, a local politician’s daughter who was lost in the forest many years previously. Nadia’s origins have been forgotten and she’s now known to everyone as Naduga (also spelt ‘Nadoga’). She’s been raised by the animals and is now protected by an 8 feet tall monkey. (If there’s an Oscar for ‘Worst Monkey Suit Ever’ this one would win it.)
This scene is from the 1950 Egyptian comedy film ‘Al Battal’ (‘The Champion’ or ‘The Hero’ البطل). The film starred Egyptian comedian Ismail Yassin along with Shadia and Zeinat Sedki. This scene is set in a nightclub where Toha the bellydancer, played by Taheya Karioka, performs.
Trivia: The elderly man in the audience wearing the fez and enjoying the performance greatly is Egyptian character actor Mohamed Kamal Elmasry (1886-1966).
Taheya Karioka is the dancer in this scene from the 1951 Egyptian film ‘Khada’ani Abi’ (My Father Tricked Me خدعني أبي) which starred Mahmoud Zulfikar (also spelt Zou El Faqqar) along with Lebanese diva Sabah and Stefan Rosti. The male singer in this clip is Mahmoud Shekuku.
From the 1951 Egyptian film ‘Fairouz Hanem’ (Lady Fairouz فيروز هانم) starring Stefan Rosti and Taheya Karioka. Playing the title role in the film is the incredibly talented child star Fairouz Arteen. This scene starts with Fairouz wearing a melaya and singing of the virtues of the melaya and burqa. She reappears dressed as a boy while Taheya Karioka performs. In the second scene, the setting is a bar, Taheya Karioka dances while Fairouz plays the riq as a member of the band. As you can see, there was no need for the saccahrine cuteness that accompanied many child stars as Fairouz had real talent!
Trivia: Fairouz Arteen is the cousin of actress/bellydancer Lebleba and the younger sister of film actress Nelly.
Taheya Karioka dances in a scene from the 1958 Egyptian film ‘Al Malema’ (المعلمة) in which she starred along with Yehia Shaheen and Mahmoud al Meliji.
What a show stopper! Taheya Karioka dances in a scene from the 1941 film ‘Leila, bint al Rif’ (‘Leila, country girl’ or ‘Leila, daughter of the countryside’ ليلى بنت الريف). The film was directed by the legendary Togo Mizrahi and starred Leila Mourad, Anwar Wajdi and Yousef Wehbi (the man with the rose).