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HIS MAJESTY'S THEATRE. Maxine Elliott's first .appearance on the screeu was made in " Fighting Odds," the star picture to be presented '.with the new programme at His Majesty's Theatre to-night. The picture unfolds the story of a young business man who has succeeded in a large way as a manufacturer, largely through cooperative ideas suggested by his wife. He disregards her advice, combines with monopoly interests, and is made the sacrificial victim to their greed. He is framed by getting his signature to a doctored statement of financial resources, and jailed, while the real villain escapes. The wife then undertakes to rescue him and punish the guilty. She goes to the villain's rooms at midnight to get the incriminating papers, finally obtaining justice and releasing her husband. "HEARTS OF THE WORLD." Mr D. W. Griffith's western war front spectacle. "Hearts of the World," which is to be presented by the J. C. WilliamKon, Ltd., management at His Majesty's Theatre on Tuesday and Wed-, nesdav, and also at a matinee on Wednesday at 2 p.m., and for which the box plans were opened at The Bristol this morning, was unanimously acclaimed his greatest , success at its international premiere at dune's Auditorium, Los Angelos. Every one of tho 3000 people, we are told, arose and cheered and applauded until members of the house staff escorted the producer on to the since. The assembly was noteworthy, consisting aw it did of practically every prominent member of the West Coast film colony, as well as some of the best-known business and society people of Los Angelos. For several minutes aftor Mr Griffith appeared on the stage the riotous applauding and cheering continued. When the producer waved for quiet and the house was still, he attempted to thank them for the ovation, but confessed he did not Jknow what to say, other than ho was glad they liked his "little play." and aclrWl >i« was deeply indebted to the British War Office .in securing many of the scones. He hoped that it would cause everyone to have a thought for tho boys in and going to the trenches, and, if it did, ho would feel repaid. After uttering loss than 50 words, he said. "I won't bother you any longer," which brought forward demands of "Go on" a number of times by the applause and cheering, which lasted j more than 10 minutes. The war spectacle has the finer touches that have j marked Griffith productions of the past. Through it all is depicted the despicable; characteristics of the Huns, as they have become known since the beginning of the war. The story told is a very simple one. A boy and girl are neighbours. They were parted when the boy, an American, went to serve France, "because he thought a flag good enough i;o live under was good enough to fight for.

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ENTERTAINMENTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9595, 26 April 1919

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ENTERTAINMENTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9595, 26 April 1919