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An unusual love interest, it is stated, is the chief characteristic of the latest Select feature in which Alice Brady is the star player, It is entitled " The Whirlpool," and is to be shown at His Majesty's Theatre to-night. The story deals with the struggles of a young girl brought up amid the temptations of a gambling house conducted by her uncle. Although her soul revolts at the task, she acts as a decoy. One of the habituces of the house is accused of murder, and as/he had been the girl's lover she sets out to find evidence to free him. but in doing so she encounters the judge who is to try the accused., In the end a genuine love attachment grows up between the judge and herself, and they get married. It is then that the judge learns of the girl's, past, and he believes she has married him in order to influence his decision-in favour of the man. who had been her lover of. the gambling house. The dramatic situations are said to be strong, and the emotional part of the heroine nlayed by Alice Brady with fine effect. Tlie dresses and settings are sumptuous.


" Hearts of the World," the W. D. Griffith's wonderful spectacular' motion pictured which is to be screened by Messrs J. C. Williamson, Ltd., at His Majesty's Theatre on Tuesday,and Wednesday nightsj and also at the matinee on Wednesday, unravels a delightfully fascinating and delicious love story, but tliere are episodes in it which vividly depict the horrible methods indulged in by tho German soldiers after they had taken a small village in France. Mr Griffith described the play as , being "the story of a village." It opens with a showing of the quiet and satisfied condition of the villagers and their families. The peaceful condition is shattered by the bulletins announcing tho declaration of war and tho call to the colours." The town is in the path of the invaders, and after numerous attacks the French are driven back a»d the village becomes the headquarters of the Germans. The treatment accorded the women and children by the invaders depicts the brute-like practice of the victorious horde. But there is a day of reckoning' when the French, aided by the British, recapture the > town. "Hearts of the World" is really world history in the making, and may, in addition to its dramatic qualities, be treasured as a. rare document of -the present struggle to make the world safe for democracy.

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ENTERTAINMENTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9593, 24 April 1919

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ENTERTAINMENTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9593, 24 April 1919