Taheya Karioka (1944) كاريوكا‎ تحية

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.

Taheya Karioka (1944) كاريوكا‎ تحية

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.)

Bellydancers (1944)

From the 1944 Egyptian film ‘Al Bouassa’ ( البؤساء ) which is an Arabic language adaptation of Victor Hugo’s ‘Les Miserables’. The film starred Abbas Feras, Seraj Munir and Amina Rizk and was directed by Kamal Selim. Unfortunately I have no names for any of the dancers though the dancer on the left may be Gina.
In this adaptation of Les Miserables, Jean Valjean is renamed El Sharkawi/Sherif Pasha while Javert becomes Colonel Fahune. The author of ‘History of the Cinema in Egypt’, Prof. Galal al Sharkawy says, “The social injustice suffered by Jean Valjean is identical with that borne by millions of Egyptians who also suffer from poverty, ignorance, and sickness.”
Trivia: Samia Gamal appears in this film as a singer.