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Ad for the Movie Khafir el-Darak (The Night Watchman)
October 29, 1936


Translated by Priscilla Adum





This is a translation of the advertisement for the 1936 film Khafir El Darak (The Night Watchman). According to the El Cinema web site, the movie was released on October 29, 1936.

This picture featured Taheya Carioca in her first raqs sharqi role on film. She isn't mentioned in the film's credits at all, but her name does appear in this ad. She only has a small dancing part in this movie, and this is the first time she was credited in a film using the name Taheya Carioca. Just one year before, in 1935, the credits for an earlier movie Dr. Farhat credited her under her real surname of "Mohamed".

Click on the image below to see the advertisement in more detail.



The Advertisement

Beginning Today

The Best and Funniest Comedy Film of the Season

The Funny and Successful Comedian

Our Beloved Teacher Oustaz Ali El Kassar

Returning to the Silver Screen in the role of

The Night Watchman

Appearing with the svelte actress Zozo Labeb, Ahmed El Hadad, Hasan Saleh, Zakya Ibrahim, and Taheya Carioca

Directed by Togo Mizrahi

At El Nahda Cinema

3 Showings Daily

Ad for Khafir el-Darak



Taheya Carioca's Dance Performance

Click here for a video clip of Taheya Carioca's dance performance in this film.



About the Translator

Priscilla is a dancer of Lebanese heritage who enjoys researching the Golden Era of Egyptian dance. She owns a collection of more than one hundred classic black and white Egyptian films which is continually expanding.

Priscilla has also gathered a large library of dance related articles and clippings from Middle Eastern magazines and newspapers, many of which she has translated from the original Arabic to both English and Spanish.

Priscilla currently resides in Central America where she is a dance instructor. 




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