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The chief picture. at His Majesty's Theatre last evening was a detective story entitled "Nick Winter and the Kidnappers." The film has been well prepared, but the detective story told by illustration needs to be exceptionally good to be sufficiently entertaining. As the "penny dreadful" is relegated to the back-ground by all. readers excepting boys of tender age, so the detective picture story grows 1 tiresome, the many., cunning little devices employed being well-known to ipictufe-film frequenters. Last night's, however, was as good as the average detective story.. It had the advantage of being beauti-' fully coloured, and the-setting is attractive. A ganec of rogues kidnapped the widow and child of a French nobleman (wlio, in a fit of anger, had banished his son), because they knew that the old gentleman had repented of his harsh decision and wanted to make amends by treating the widow and child well. One of the gang impersonated the widow, and the others got. into the marquis's services _ Tinder,, the guise of being friends of his late son. A "famous detective" was called in owing to thefts having occurred; and, as the tale unfolded, scenes varied' and exciting enough to satisfy the most exacting lover of sensation occurred. The story.,as..usual, ended with honours for the detective and the confession of the criminals. "Fiancee and the I airy was a drama belonging more to the realm of fairyland than a materialistic world. Some scenes of the Wellington strike were vivid, and "How Coke is manufactured" was of interest ■ from. an industrial point of view. "A Muddy Romance," was funny, but remarkable for exaggeration more than anything else. TTie^best appreciated film was.the latest edition of "The Gaumont Graphic"— an exceptionally good number. The programme will be repeated to-night.

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HAYWARD'S PICTURES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8793, 13 February 1914

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HAYWARD'S PICTURES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8793, 13 February 1914