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The much-boomed picture "King of; the Air" was the chief attraction at' Bis Majesty's Theatre last evening. Though cfundue length, and containing much that is mediocre,, the; film is wonderful in parts, and is Undoubtedly, well worth seeing. Aviator Scotland having recently liown, over the town, Ashbuitonians are just now keen on flying, and "King of the Air" contains much that is edifying in this direction. The first' piece that was particularly well relished was a graceful and successful descent of an aeroplane After that the story is slowly told, and it gives the principal moves" of a motliar addicted to gambling and-aj daughter devoted to the study of niedi-, cine. The mother's passion ruins the i family, and the hero —an aeronaut— 1; who is in love with the daughter, en-1 tei's in-the Aviation Derby—the Gold j Cup of the Aviation ■ Club, of Paris. I This is the interesting part of the picture. A large number of aeroplanes are seen rushing along at terrific speed, and ■ are K,CGOiiipanied by one . with a moving picture apparatus, continuous pictures. -being' "taken en route,;:'.,- The local public,'fronfethis, obtained '■, their first, real idea,, of ; .h'6.w swiftly an airship "going at to.p'";:eats':iip:sp'Rc'e.; It takes all kinds of '.lecomotives arid easily eclipses and' ■ pas?![J!^an;-V:- : express' ._ train steaming along directly .beneath it. . A magnificent /.pancjamic' view of , naturally. colourßcl. ; :s,een^.i.of towns and. cities, fields of crops a^'j fallow lands, passes quickly before. %c vpye^-pVfc not so quickly but, that": everyr detail "can be rioted. The aeroplanes ' are seen encircling the Eiff&l tower, and then starting for honie. The hero of the story is leading,' but a couple of hundred yards "from. home■'liis: ship meets with a mishap and, falling to the earth, is dashed to pieces. This act is particularly clear, and caused quite a thrill to the onlookers; . A crowd rushes on the scene and the aviator is extricated from the debris, badly injured. Ho is nursed by his fiancee back to 'strength, and his father, who had previously 'withdrawn his consent to his son's marriage, is so deeply-.touched by : the young girl's, devotion .that he. withdraws his opposition, and'all ends happily. One of the most interesting sections of the film is that in .which the much-discussed "Tango" dance is faithfully depicted. The "star" is well supported. The same programme will bo repeated to-night.

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HAYWARD'S PICTURES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8817, 13 March 1914

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HAYWARD'S PICTURES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8817, 13 March 1914