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.
This is Taheya Karioka performing in a scene from the 1953 Egyptian film “Hamido” (حميدو). Born in Egypt in February 1915 Taheya Karioka left home at an early age and went on to develop a long career as a dancer and later as an actress. She died in Cairo in 1999.
This film starred Farid Shawki and Huda Sultan who were married to each other at the time. They play Hamido and Sayeda who are involved in a drug smuggling operation. Also starring were Marie Munib and Mahmoud al Meligi who plays the part of El Qersh the baddie which famously calls for a hook for a hand. The singer in this clip is Ahmed Abdullah (عبدالله احمد).
This is the third dance by Samia Gamal from the 1951 Egyptian film “Intiqam al Habib” (The Lover’s Revenge انتقام الحبيب). The actor by the lantern is Yahia Shaheen.
The dancer in this scene from the 1962 Egyptian film ‘The Slaves of the Body’ (عبيد الجسد Abid Al Jasad) is Zeinat Olwi. The film starred singer/actress Huda Sultan, her then husband Farid Shawki and Mahmoud al Meliji. The man Zeinat flirts with and who visualizes her in different costumes is Tawfik al Deqn (1924-1988).
This is Samia Gamal performing in a scene from the 1951 Egyptian film “Intiqam al Habib” (The Lover’s Revenge انتقام الحبيب). In this film she plays Zahrah who was kidnapped as a child and has been raised by the tribe of rustlers and thieves. The film also starred Yahia Shaheen and famous Egyptian screen actor Farid Shawki plays Hamdan the leader of the thieves. This clip features Tunisian singer and actress Hassiba Rochdi who plays Nadia, Hamdan’s mistress. The male singer performing with her in this clip is Mohamed Abdel Muttalib.
Trivia 1: The film was also released as ‘Le Chacal du Desert’.
Trivia 2:The film was directed by Egyptian born filmmaker Gianni Vernuccio who’d left Egypt when young to return to Italy where he went to university. He returned to Egypt briefly to direct a couple of films including this one. Apparently he was in Italy at the end of WWII and filmed the bodies of Mussolini and his mistress.
The dancer in this clip is Egyptian dancer and actress Samiha Tawfik who was born in Fayoum (about 100kms from Cairo) in 1928 and died in Cairo in 2010. The scene is from the Egyptian comedy “Feleh and Mehtas” (فالح ومحتاس) which was released in 1954. The singer is Sherifa Maher.
This clip features Egyptian actress Hala al Shawaby (هالة الشواربي) performing in a scene from the 1972 film ‘Kings of Evil’ (ملوك الشر Molok al Shar). The film starred Farid Shawki, Tawfik al Deqn and Mahmoud al Meliji who owns the feet. Born in Cairo in 1938 Hala al Shawaby retired in the early 1990s and died in 2007.
Soheir Zaki also performed in this movie and her performance can be found at vimeo.com/106674099
Zeinat Olwi is the dancer in this scene from the 1954 Egyptian film ‘Pity My Tears’ (Erham Damoui ارحم دموعي). Zeinat Olwi was born in Alexandria, Egypt, eventually moving to Cairo where she danced in Badia Masabni’s nightclub, moving later to the band which supported singer and actor Mahmoud Shekoko (محمود شكوكو). She started her film career in 1951 and seems to have made her last film appearance in 1970. She died in 1988.
The film was directed by Henry Barakat and starred Yahia Shaheen, Faten Hamama (Mrs Omar Sharif) and Rushdy Abaza (who’d been married to Samia Gamal, Sabah and earlier Taheya Karioka).
This is Egyptian born bellydance superstar Mona al Said.
Mona’s response to family disapproval of her decision to pursue a dance career was to flee to Lebanon and from 1970 to 1975 she danced at the Casino Lebanon. In 1975 she returned to headline at the Meridian Hotel nightclub in Cairo, dancing there until 1976. It was at this point that she went to the Omar Khayyam nightclub in London and she performed there from 1976 to 1980. She has retired from regular performing and now teaches festival workshops and private classes.
This is dancer/actress Katy (كيتي aka Keti, Kitty, Katie etc) performing in a scene from the 1951 Egyptian musical ‘Leilet al Henna’ (ليلة الحنة Henna Night ). The film starred Shadia, Kamal al Shinnawi, Mary Munib, Fardous Mohamed and Seraj Mounir. The film was directed by Anwar Wajdi. Katy was born in Alexandria, Egypt, to a Greek father and Egyptian mother. She acted and danced in many Egyptian movies from the 1950s through to the mid-1960s but returned to Athens in 1965 …after being implicated in a spy plot which apparently involved Egyptian/Israeli double agent Refaat el Gammal رأفت الهجّان known as Refaat al Hagan in Egypt and Jack Beton in Israel. Katy appeared in at least two Greek language films following her return to Greece. She also speaks Greek in one of her earlier Egyptian films where she plays the daughter of the local Greek barber. Just as a bit of background, Refaat al Gammal loved acting and appeared in small roles in several Egyptian movies.
‘Leilet al Henna’ (henna night) is a female only gathering which takes place one or two days before the actual celebration of the marriage. On the henna night the bride and her friends gather, a henna artist comes to the house, and the henna designs are applied. The choice of designs can be very intricate. Henna always looks better the following day once the design has ‘set’ and the dried off henna has been removed. I usually rub olive oil on to seal the design, I don’t know if that makes a difference or not though 🙂
Trivia: The director of this film, famous actor Anwar Wajdi, married and divorced singer/actress Leila Murad on three separate occasions. His other wives were Elham Hussein and actress Leila Fawzy.