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AMUSEMENTS., Auckland Star, Volume LIX, Issue 164, 13 July 1928
EMBASSY THEATRE. Nine firet-elaee vaudeville acts are included in the bill which was arranged for the change of programme at the Embassy Theatre to-day. An entirely new company has been engaged, the members of which were brought from Sydney this week by Mr. Edwin R. Greenfield. Heading the entertainment there are "The Eleven Rascals," children whose work should delight any theatre-goer. They are seen in acts of tumbling, and acrobatic and trapeze work. Manelli, a conjurer from the Continent, is seen in a surprising act, and delightful dancing is provided by Leighton and Woods, from the Wentworth, Sydney. Bert Harrow, a clever English comedian, supplies humour, and an interesting male impersonation act is given by Miss Effie Fellowes. The Buchanans stage "A Study in Black and White," and there is also an entertaining number by Reg. Thornton and Doris O'Shea. Two good musical numtbers complete the programme. A novel instrumental turn is presented by the Martins, and a selection of operatic gems is rendered by Signor Palmetto, a pleasing tenor. MAJESTIC THEATRE. Gloria Swanson's second independent production, "Sadie Thompson," is the feature film on the new programme at the Majestic Theatre. "Sadie Thompson" is the narrative of an intolerant individual's insistent projection of his dominant personality into the pitifully weak and feminine existence of an outcast girl who is trying to "live and let live." W. Somerset Maugham's classic is a drama of tolerance, a colourful, romantic, throbbing story of human souls in conflict. Greatest of all Maugham's literary creations is "Miss Thompson," the gaudily dressed lady who flaunts a parasol and tilts a high-hat feather at a marine as readily as she flares into stinging resentment at self-appointed intruders into lives of others. Gloria Swanson has said that she likes "Sadie Thompson" better than any other of her screen characterisations; that she was happiest in acting the part. On the same bill there is a delightful turn by the Harris Sisters. Mildred and Connie, who present a novelty musical act. Other numbers are the Majestic News, Eve's Review, and a comedy entitled "Deaf, Dumb and Diffv." Mr. John WhitefordWaugh's Orchestra provides enjoyable music. EVERYBODY'S THEATRE. Every now and again from out the vortex of crude melodrama and sentiment created by the constant stream of pictures flowing from the studios of the world emerges a film equipped with qualities to make it stand out from its fellows. Such a picture is "Metropolis," now in its third week at the Everybody's Theatre. It is a futurist fantasy emanating from U.F-A.'s studios. Metropolis is a presumab' - typical city of a hundred years hence, when mechanical achievement has made strides as huge again as those made during the past century. Gigantic buildings rear themselves in stately grandeur to incredible heights. Graceful suspension bridges wind between the buildings, tier on tier, hundreds of feet from the ground, avenues for the city's traffic. Aeroplanes thread their way in and out. passing over a train here a line of motor cars there. And supplying power for all this are eneine rooms filled with extraordinary machines of enormous proportions, controlled by strange levers and electrical devices. Tending the machines are workmen who are little better than serfs, forced to toil in 10hour shifts and made to live an unnatural life in an underground city of their own. 1 And over all is the master br3;n which rules the city. John Masterman. Clever and ruthless, he has but one dream unaccomplished—a mechanical man which will enable him to do without human aid in carrying out his projects. To this end Rotwang, the inventor, works incessantly, and the ultimate result of their experiments provides one of the biggest thrills of a picture which deals in thrills. NEW REGENT THEATRE. The amusing sequence of events in "Sporting Goods," Richard Dix's most recent picture, which opened at the New Regent Theatre to-day, is brought about by a case of mistaken identity. In the story, Dix offers to place the car of a millionaire in a garage* and when he is seen driving it, his friends all think that he has inherited a fortune. Really he is a travelling salesman dealing in golf suits, but his being taken for a wealthy man plunges him into all kinds of trouble, and he is forced to make good, to win a rich girl. Dix's recent pictures "The Gay Defender," "'Shanghai Bound" and "K.nock-out Reilly" have been heavy dramatic storiej, but "Sporting Goods'' is essentially a comedy-drama, and the star proves by L's peiforniance that he must be regarded as one of the most versatile actors on the Paramount lot. Assisting him in providing humour of the film, there is Ford St iSir.g, while the feminine lead is played admirably by Gertrude Olmsted. Also on the New Regent's bill there is a Regent News, a laughable siicrt comedy and an interesting travelogue. The music is a?ain of the high standard being provided by Mr. Maurice Giltt.ridge's Orchestra. PRINCESS AND TIVOLI. "Burning Daylight," Milton Sills' latest First National vehicle, and "Won In the Clouds," Universal's second air. film for A 1 Wilson, are the two big attractions now being presented at the Princess and Tivoli Theatres. What is declared to be Sills' greatest characterisation since he appeared in the title role of "The Sea Hawk," is seen in "Burning Daylight," which is set in the snowy wastes of Alaska, when the gold rush to Dawson was at is height. It is an adaptation of the novel by the popular Jack London. Sills, as the prospector who i 6 noted throughout the country for his daring and his courage, dominates the story with his virile personality. With him is Doris Kenyon (Mrs. Milton Sills), who, although she has not been seen on the screen for two years, shows that she is still capable of giving the work which made her a favourite with film fans. Arthur Stone, Jane Winton and Stuart Holmes are also in the cast. "Won In the Clouds" is a thrilling drama of the air, and the many stunts to which Wilson treats his audience, include tail-spins, loops, and nose-dives. There are also strong supports with the two films at both houses. LYRIC THEATRE. A special attraction in "Sally In Our Ally" is showing at the Lyric Theatre. This photo play, with Shirley Mason in the title role, is a wholesome story that men, women and children alike will delight in seeing. Life In a tenement district is expertly portrayed in this story. The human touches alone make it outstanding with eplendid scenes and fine acting. All the beauty suggested by the title is brought out, and as with Shirley Mason's previous picture, "Sweet Roeie O'Grady," the heart is touched with the love scenes, laughter and sorrow as they are developed by the action. The talented actress is supported by an exceptional cast of favourites, including Richard Arlen, last seen in the "Blood Ship." Florence Turner, in a mother role, was the Shirley Mason of fifteen years ago. Others are Alec Francis, featured in "Peter Grimm" and "The Music Master," Paul Panzer, Kathlyn Williams, William H. Strauss and Harry Crocker. Frances ! is a noted character actor, and gives a delightful portrayal of a Scotsman. The supporting programme is up to standard and includes an "Our Gang" comedy. LUNA PARK. Luna Park's attractions are available during the Winter Exhibition season. The Park is open at night only, during the week, but on Saturdays there are afternoon for children. Besides the aide&h Dove^^s ' there is a good variety of
STRAND THEATRE. What picturegoer can forget the soulstirring performances of John Gilbert and Greta Garbo in "Flesh and the Devil"? And now this fascinating pair are in "Anna Karenina," certainly the greatest and most dramatic story that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has ever brought to the screen, which opened for an extended season at the Strand Theatre to-day. Based on Count Leo Tolstoy's immortal classic, the new picture is laid amid all the grandeur of Russia before the revolution and tells the romance of a woman prepared to sacrifice everything— even life itself —for love- Edmund Goulding directed, and Brandon Hurst, George Fawcett and Philippe de Lacey are included in the supporting cast. A gorgeous stage presentation of the famous Coppelia ballet, produced by Mile. Valeska, and featuring Len Wilson and the Strand Follies, accompanies the picture, and the bill also includes an interest film entitled, "Thrills in Many Lands," and an "Our Gang" comedy. Eve Bentley's Orchestra provides suitable music throughout the entertainment. MOSCOVITCH SEASON ENDS. That the extended Moscovitch season was fully justified was amply demonstrated last evening at the final production of "The Silent House" in His Majesty's when the company gave a masterly interpretation of a stirring drama. At the finish the audience clamoured for curtain after curtain and could be satisfied with nothing short of the appearance of Moecovitch, who, in a few well-chosen words, expressed his gratitude to the people of Auckland for a very successful season. What pleased the audience most, no doubt, was the announcement from the popular artist that he did not intend to bid Auckland farewell, but only au revoir, as he looked forward to a happy reunion in the not too distant future. "BUNTY PULLS THE STRINGS." Several prominent amateurs will appear in the St- Andrew's Society's production of the Scottish comedy, "Bunty Pulls the Strings," which will commence a season at the Concert Chamber on July 25. The plav is rich in comedy incident and dialogue, and the producer, Mr. Kenneth Brampton, can be relied upon to extract a full measure of value from every line. The cast of principals includes Lilian Lugton, Peggy Hovey, Jessie Barr, Flora Shenkin, E. E. Addis, and J; D. Swan. The presence of Mrs. Hovey and Mr. in the cast recalls their excellent work as the old charlady and the braw soldier lad in Barries gem of war time comedy "The Old Lady Shows Her Medals. PIANOFORTE RECITAL. Last evening in the concert chamber of Lewifi Eady, Limited, Theo Halpin, solo pianist, assisted by Miss Etta Field, soprano, gave an enjoyable concert, which was numerously attended. A programme of the best in pianoforte literature and vocal numbers was presented, and the solosists gave suitable interpretations of the works. Miss Halpin opened with Bach's "Chromatische Phantasie and Fugue in D Minor," which received a reading freely presenting this famous solo. The Allegro was played in a manner displaying the intricate chromatic passages, triads and diminished sevenths. A singing tone was secured in the Andante, and the harmopiee of the Adagio were nicely realised, whilst the chords were full-toned in sforzando, and suitably contrasted in I pianissimo. The closing Moderato, with its florid parts, and massive tone clusters was given in a bravura style, the pianist concluding with a maestoso performance of the finale. The fugue, which is tinged with chromaticism was adroitly rendered. The entries and embellishments were clearly exhibited, firmly executed was the poco ritenuto, and energetically played was the music leading to the final cadence. Beethoven's "F Minor Sonata," Op. 57, received a performance which generally displayed to good intent the changing moods of the music, and won for the executant hearty applause at its termination. Chopin's "Xo;turne, " Op. 27, No. 1 and "Scherzo," Op. 39, No 3 were carefully handled, and Brahms' "Ballade," Op. 10, No. 1, was given with nice tone quality. Claude Debussy's "L'lsle Joyeuse" was expressively played. Freedom of band and finger marked the execution of the initial cadenza, and the subsequent music was treated in a legato manner. The chordal harmonies of the molto rubato and its flowing bass were unfolded in a way sufficiently marking its dissonance, and firmly fingered were the passages of the finale. The recitalist's closing pieces were the VerdiLiszt concert paraphrase on "Rigoletto" and her own "Nocturne." Miss Halpin played several extras and was presented with a number of floral tributes. Miss Etta Field submitted a notable selection of modern songs, all of which were admirably rendered. Wolf's "Verborgenheit was nicely modulated. Strauss' Aueignung received a telling delivery, "Tu re Q SI IX' V - « ng J , wa * Rachmaninoff's The Soldiers Bride," distinctly expressed was Quilter s "Where Be You Going?" imploringly treated was Hageman's "Do Not ZL ?J e ' «. a . nd tastefully delivered were Brett's "Mother Thoughts" and Moon Canoe. The soloist was warmlv recalled after each appearance. Miss Marv Osborne sympathetically acted as accompanist.
AMUSEMENTS., Auckland Star, Volume LIX, Issue 164, 13 July 1928
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