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Rival Ads for Badia Masabni's & Beba Ezz El Din's Clubs
October 31, 1939

 

Translated By Priscilla Adum

 

This advertisement announces the entertainment lineup of both Badia Masabni's sala and Beba Ezz El Din's sala next door. Badia's ad is the top one, and Beba's ad is directly below. This appeared in Al Ahram on October 31, 1939.

 

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

Badia's Ad (Top One)

Casino and Cabaret Badia

Majestic Theater

Telephone: 55390

The Artistic Theater Play: Money is Fleeting

Actors: Badia Masabni, Beshara Wakim, Taheya Carioca, Ragaa Tawfik, Safiya Helmi**, Ismael Yassin

Also starring with them: The Blonde Layla*, Beba Ibrahim, Badia Sadek, Hagran Hanem, Anui Muri

Today: Matinee for Women, Soiree for All Public

 

* Translator's note: "The Blonde Layla" was Badia Masabni's adoptive daughter Juliet. This was her stage name.

**Editor's note: Safiya Helmi eventually went on to own her own nightclub, The Arcadia.

 

Beba's Ad (Bottom One)

Teatro Beba

Story: El Quantara Customs Office

Play: Gharam El Amer

Play: Smile at Life

Directed by El Oustaz Aziz Eid

The Artist Beba in an Innovative Dance

The Monologist [Stand-Up Comedienne] Madame Akila Rateb

The Most Beautiful Dancers

Ad

 

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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. 

Priscilla

 

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