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' 'Scrooge."—' 'Scrooge.'' Repeated, the name will be found to fit to a degree that reprehensible character which the immortal Charles Dickens wove into that one of, "his many line works entitled "A- Christmas Carol." Scrooge is, perhaps, among the strongest characters of the numberless creations of the famous novelist. "Scrooge" is the title of the "star" film in the new programme screened at His Majesty's Theatre last evening—and the picture is truly a- star among pictures. The acting of Mr Seymour Hicks, who takes the, part of Scrooge, is splendid, and the audience followed his work right through with wrapt attention. Readers of Dickens, assisted by Mr Hicks's acting, walk more closely with the characters than is possible by simple reading, and those who are familiar with "A Christmas Carol"—and most readers are—must have found Scrooge most interesting. It is a Christmas Eve, a good old-fashioned Christmas Eve in England, with the frost in the air and tho snow lying thick and white on the ground. There are harrowing 'scenes of ill-clad poor of both sexes aiul | all ages, begging the wherewithal to i sustain lifo; but Scrooge, the miser, who has buried any kindly feeling he ever possessed, instead of cherishing the peace aiid goodwill to all, goes about causing as many heartaches as his flinty nature gives occasion. At midnight- he has tallied up his bank book and falls asleep. Presently the ghost of Jacob Marlcy (Scrooge's former partner), wakens the miser. and portrays to hinr the inhuman life he is living. He leads him through his past sordid career, till Scrooge appeals in terror-stricken tones to give him one chance to atone. The spirit of God has entered the heart of- the miserable miser, and the story concludes with Ebenezer Scrooge finding joy in doing good actions. The "star" film is well supported, such pictures as "The Construction of a Locomotive" (educatioh»al), and "Beautiful Kawau" ( a series of photographs of one of. the many picturesque wonders of the Dominion), being 'of. more than Usual merit. The same bill will be screened again tonight.

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HAYWARD'S PICTURES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8811, 6 March 1914

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HAYWARD'S PICTURES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8811, 6 March 1914