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 (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 (1950) كاريوكا تحية

Taheya Karioka dances in a scene from the 1950 Egyptian film ‘Shate al Gharam’ (Shore of Love شاطئ الغرام). The film starred Leila Mourad, Hussein Sedki, Stefan Rosti and Mohsen Sarhan.

Taheya Karioka (1949) كاريوكا تحية

Taheya Karioka performs in a scene from the 1949 Egyptian film ‘Manadil al Helou’ (The Beauty’s Veil منديل الحلو). The film starred Taheya, along with Mahmoud El Meligi, Marie Munib, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz and Aziza Mohamed.