This is Taheya Karioka and Farid al Atrache in a scene from the 1942 Egyptian film, “Dreams of Youth” (أحلام الشباب Ahlam al Shabab). The film starred Farid al Atrache as a man, co-incidentally named Farid, who fancies his neighbour’s niece Elham (Madiha Yousri). He gets to know Elham by teaching her to play the piano. Elham’s parents have both died and now she lives with her aunt played by the wonderful Marie Munib. Taheya Karioka plays Bahia, a dancer who tries, but fails, to make Farid fall in love with her. The film also starred Hassan Fayek and Abbas Fares.
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 a scene from the 1942 Egyptian film “Dreams of Youth” (أحلام الشباب Ahlam al Shabab). The film starred Farid al Atrache as a man, co-incidentally named Farid, who fancies his neighbour’s niece Elham (Madiha Yousri). He gets to know Elham by teaching her to play the piano. Elham’s parents have both died and now she lives with her aunt played by the wonderful Marie Munib. Taheya Karioka plays Bahia, a dancer who tries but fails to make Farid fall in love with her. The film also starred Hassan Fayek and Abbas Fares.
Trivia: The ‘Haaretz’ newspaper in Israel reports that in September 1962 the Edison Theatre in Jerusalem screened the Farid al Atrache film “Eternal Melody”(“Lahn al khulud”). The audience was incensed to discover that Farid’s songs were not presented in their entirety in the movie and demanded their money back. When this was refused they smashed seats and broke windows in the theatre lobby.
This is Najia Ibrahim Bilal who’s better known as Kouka (1917-1979). In this scene she sings, dances and uses a sword. The scene is from the 1953 Egyptian film ‘Gharam Bosayna‘ (The Love of Bosayna غرام بثينة) in which she starred along with Yahia Shahine (1917-1994) and Aziza Helmy (1929-1994) who are both in the armchairs in this scene. On the floor playing the drum is the irrepressible Wedad Hamdi. Also starring was Abdul Ghani Qamar.
This is Lebanese born singer and actress Jeanette Georges Feghali who’s better known as Sabah. She was born in Lebanon in 1927 and died in 2014. In the 1940s she was spotted by Lebanese born film director Assia Dagher who signed her for three movies. She moved to Egypt to follow her dream eventually becoming known as ‘Sabah’ (صباح), the character she played in one of her first movies. And the rest, as they say, is history. The featured dancer wearing the galabaya and hipscarf is Nelly Mazloum. Many thanks to Marianna Mazloum for the ID.
In 1960 Sabah was part of the group of famous Arab singers who sang ‘Al Watan al Akbar’ (الوطن الأكبر The Great Homeland) a pan-Arab song written by Mohamed Abdel Wahab to celebrate the 1958 union of Egypt and Syria into the United Arab Republic. The singers were Sabah along with Abdel Halim Hafez, Shadia, Faiza Kamel, Warda and Nagat al Saghira. The union of Egypt and Syria only lasted until 1961 when Syria withdrew from the union following a coup in that country. There were other coups in Syria, in 1963 and again in 1966. It was the 1966 coup that bought the Assads (père et fil) to power.
This is Lebanese bellydancer Nariman Aboud filmed as part of the Lebanese tv show ‘Studio Al Fan’. Nariman was originally spotted by Lebanese singer Melhem Baraket. Later she married singer Wissam al Amir and retired from public performing in the early 2000s to take care of their two children. In 2011 there was talk of her returning to the dance scene but whether that happened or not I don’t know. Nariman still regularly hits the dance floor at the restaurant in Jouneih in Lebanon though.
Trivia: One of Nariman’s signature pieces of music was “Ya bou el eyoun el soud” which was sung by her brother Michel. (I think it was done originally by Karem Mahmoud or Iraqi singer Nazem el Ghazali. Can anyone confirm please?)
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?
This is another song and dance scene from the 1982 Syrian film ‘Ghawar’s Empire’ (Impratoriyat Ghawar امبراطورية غوار). The film starred Syrian comedians Duraid Lahham and Naji Jaber (1940-2009) who are the two men sitting in the middle.
Trivia: Can anyone ID the singer please?
This is actress Nadia Arslan (نادية أرسلان) dancing in the 1984 Egyptian film ‘حتى لايطير الدخان’ (Hatta la Yateer al Dokhan ‘That the Smoke May Not Blow Away’ or ‘As Not to Blow the Smoke’) which starred Adel Imam who’s also in this scene. Born as Hind Arslan in Lebanon in 1949, she won a beauty contest and shortly afterwards moved to Egypt. She started her Egyptian screen acting career in 1971 and, after marrying a fellow actor, retired from screen roles in 1987. After becoming very religious she expressed regret for her acting career. Nadia Arslan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and died in 2008.
Also starring in the film were Soheir Ramzy, Sanaa Shafea and Fekry Abaza and the film was based on a novel by Egyptian writer Ihsan Abdel Quddous (1919 –1990).
This is Egyptian dancer Taheya Karioka performing in a scene from the 1953 Egyptian film “Hamido” (حميدو). The film starred Farid Shawki and Huda Sultan playing Hamido and Sayeda who are involved in a drug smuggling operation. Also starring was Mahmoud al Meligi who enters part way through the scene. He plays El Qersh (the baddie) and the part famously calls for a hook for a hand, you’ll see him drinking tea/beer (!) in this scene using the hook. The singer in this scene is Saed Darwish al Tantari (سيد درويش الطنطاوى) not to be confused with Saed Darwish the composer.