Samia Gamal (1959) سامية جمال

In this scene legendary Egyptian dancer Samia Gamal performs with Lebanese born singer Sabah. The scene is from the 1959 Egyptian film ‘Al Rajol al Thani’ (The Second Man الرجل الثاني) which also starred Salah Zulfikar and Rushdi Abaza.
Its interesting to see Samia Gamal, Sabah and Rushdi Abaza in the same film. As you probably know, Egyptian actor Rushdi Abaza was married to Samia Gamal from 1958 to 1977 but he married Sabah in 1977 prior to the end of his marriage to Gamal. The Sabah-Abaza marriage lasted less than a week as, according to Sabah, he’d omitted to tell her that he was still legally married to Samia. Nobody really seems to know the truth. Did Sabah and Abaza had a mut’ah which is a legal though temporary marriage, known over here as ‘The 5 Minute Marriage’? Or did he just like dancers as he’d previously been married to Taheya Karioka. Who knows?

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Taheya Karioka (1959) كاريوكا تحية

Taheya Karioka dances in a scene from the 1959 Egyptian drama ‘Hob Hatta Alibeda’ ( حب حتى العبادة). The film’s title is often translated as ‘Sublime Amour’ which, even for 1959, is rather archaic language…..’Sublime Amour’ sounds like the name of a cheap perfume doesn’t it?  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.

Loula Sedki (1959) لولا صدقي

The dancer in this scene from the 1959 Egyptian comedy ‘Arees Merati’ (‘My Wife’s Husband’ عريس مراتى) is one of the film’s stars, Cairo born actress, dancer and singer, Loula Sedki (1923-2001). The actor with her is Tawfik al Deqn.
This film starts with a logo that says ‘Loula Sedki Films’ so she must have had her own production company at some point. Cairo born Loula Sedki’s film career in Egypt started in the 1940s and seems to have ended in the mid-1960s when she went to Italy where she appeared in several Italian language films. She died in Rome in 2001.
Trivia: The three people in the audience also star in the film; Ismail Yassin who’s trying to hide his eyes, Zeinat Sedki and Abdel Salem al Nabulsi.

Hermeen (1959) هيرمين

The dancer in this scene from the 1959 Egyptian comedy ‘Arees Merati’ (‘My Wife’s Groom’ (عريس مراتى) is Hermeen (also spelt Hermine). The film had an all-star cast headed by Ismail Yassin, Lola Sedki, Abdel Salem al Nabulsi and Zeinat Sedki. Also starring were Fuad al Mohandes, Tawfik al Deqn and Khayria Ahmed who gives a fabulous comic performance.

Taheya Karioka (1959)

Taheya Karioka dances in another scene from the 1959 Egyptian film ‘Beit al Ward’ (بياعة الورد ‘House of the Rose’ but usually titled ‘The Florist’). The film starred Samiha Ayoub as Ward (Rose) a florist who becomes involved in the turbulent relationship between Imtithal (Karioka) and Ezzat (Mohsen Sarhan).

Hind Rostom (1959) هند رستم‎

The dancer in this clip is actress Hind Rostom (هند رستم‎) in a scene from the 1959 film ‘Sira’a fil Nile’ (Struggle on the Nile صراع فى النيل ). Known as ‘the Marilyn Monroe of Egypt’ for her good looks and vivacious screen personality, Hind Rostom often danced as part of the role in her movies.
In this clip take note of the gobsmacked young man on the right. This is a very young Omar Sharif in his first major film role in Egypt, three years before he became famous in the West for his part in ‘Lawrence of Arabia’.  In ‘Sira’a fil Nil’ he’s playing Muhasab an innocent local lad who, along with his father’s friend Mujahed played by Rushi Abaza, has been entrusted to sail his village’s last felucca to Cairo, sell it there and buy a motor launch. The temptress Nagis (played by Hind Rostom) is part of the evil gang who want to steal his money and ensure he never returns to the village with the boat.
Omar Sharif starred in three Egyptian films with similar titles which cause some confusion.  While this clip is taken from the 1959 film ‘Siraa fil Nil’, he also starred in the 1953 film ‘Siraa fil Wadi’ (Struggle in the Wadi) and in the 1956 film ‘Siraa fil Mina’ (usually titled ‘Dark Waters’ though it means ‘Struggle in the Harbour’). Sharif’s then wife Faten Hamama also starred in the 1953 and 1956 films. And to add to the confusion, there’s also the 1961 film ‘Dema alal Nil’ (Blood on the Nile) which again starred Hind Rostom but this time with 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.