Taheya Karioka and Farid al Atrache (1942)

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.

Taheya Karioka (1942) كاريوكا‎ تحية

This is Taheya Karioka performing in a scene from the 1942 Egyptian film “Dreams of Youth” (أحلام الشبابAhlam al Shabab). The film starred Farid al Atrache as a man who fancies his neighbour’s niece Elham played by Madiha Yousri. He gets to know Elham by teaching her to play the piano. Basiyouni is Elham’s aunt and is played by Marie Munib. The film also starred Hassan Fayek and Abbas Fares. Taheya Karioka plays Bahia who is a dancer who tries – but fails – to make Farid fall in love with her.

Taheya Karioka (1953) تحية كاريوكا

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.

Taheya Karioka (1953) كاريوكا‎ تحية

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).

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.

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.)

Taheya Karioka (1950)(2) كاريوكا‎ تحية

Taheya Karioka dances in another scene from the 1950 Egyptian comedy ‘Al Batal’ (‘The Champion’ or ‘The Hero’ البطل). The central character in the film is Batal (Ismail Yassin) and he’s been mistakenly told that he has only a week to live. As a result, he hurriedly marries his fiancée Sharbat played by Shadia and this scene is set at their wedding. Batal has hired Toha the bellydancer, played by Taheya Karioka, to dance at the wedding but in order to save money as he thinks he’s going to die very shortly, he’s also hired a troupe of professional funeral mourners to perform at the same time.

Taheya Karioka (1950)(1) كاريوكا‎ تحية

This scene is from the 1950 Egyptian comedy film ‘Al Battal’ (‘The Champion’ or ‘The Hero’ البطل). The film starred Egyptian comedian Ismail Yassin along with Shadia and Zeinat Sedki. This scene is set in a nightclub where Toha the bellydancer, played by Taheya Karioka, performs.
Trivia: The elderly man in the audience wearing the fez and enjoying the performance greatly is Egyptian character actor Mohamed Kamal Elmasry (1886-1966).

Taheya Karioka (1951) كاريوكا‎ تحية

Taheya Karioka is the dancer in this scene from the 1951 Egyptian film ‘Khada’ani Abi’ (My Father Tricked Me خدعني أبي) which starred Mahmoud Zulfikar (also spelt Zou El Faqqar) along with Lebanese diva Sabah and Stefan Rosti.  The male singer in this clip is Mahmoud Shekuku.

Taheya Karioka (1952) تحية كاريوكا

Taheya Karioka dances in a scene from the 1952 film ‘El Zuhur el Fatina’ (Charming Flowers الزهور الفاتنة ). The film tells the story of two poor sisters named Ratiba (Karioka) and Karima (Faten Hamama). Ratiba is an ambitious dancer who’ll do anything (and anyone) to move up in life while her sister works as a nurse and takes care of their widowed mother played by Aziza Helmy. Long story (very) short, Taheya’s character marries an older man for his money, has a child then gets caught with her boyfriend and is divorced. She develops a terminal illness, goes on Hajj, comes back to Cairo and dies with her child in her arms surrounded by her forgiving family.
The film starred just about anyone-who-was-anyone in Egyptian cinema at that time: Faten Hamama, Mahmoud al Meliji, Fardous Mohamed, Farid Shawki, Hussein Riad, Aziza Helmy, Shukri Sarhan, Omar al Gizawy and Thuraya Fahkri.