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AMUSEMENTS

QUEEN’S THEATRE. A thriTing and absorbing dramatic picture, entitled ‘The House of Darkness,’ headed the new programme that was disclosed to public view at the Queen’s Theatre to-da,y. The photography and acting of this film are both good, and the plot is a strong one. Thai story is that Ruth, quite a child, the granddaughter of a very old and wealthy recluse, becomes heiress to the property on the death of her grandfather. Two lirdthcrs, lawyers, John and Henry Collins, are left executors and guardians, and when they see chest after chest of valuable securities, bank notes, gold, and plate, they become obsessed with a desire to obtain it for themselves. After a. bitter quarrel with his brother, Henry is forced to leave the mansion, and John mounts guard over the treasure. Years later he is shown as a miserable miser, living in terror of being robbed by his brother. Eventually Henry forces Ins way into the house, and during the light which follows ho is thrown down a dun geon, and John, becoming insane, showers bank notes and securities on Henry's body. The house takes lire, and both the brothers are burnt to death iu the flames. Ruth is rescued by a young physician, who arrives in tho nick of time. The supporting films include ’The Chicken Inspector.’ ’Jane, Justice of the Peace,’ ‘Sheltering an Ingrato.’ and ‘Topical Budget,’ which gives views of the British artillery entraining for Fiance, tho women’s ambulance corps giving a dcnion-tratnin, the Cyclists’ Corps and their training, arid the 6th County of London Field Artillery on the march to defend the east coast. This programme will be shown for the remainder of the week. PLAZA PICTURES. ‘The (treat War of 1914,’ the leading picture of the current programme at tho Plaza Pictures, is an example of the enterprise of tho cinematographer. This film is not tHe result of a visit, to the seat of war, but merely views illustrative of the events of the struggle ns conceived by the picture man. This fact, however, docs not in any way detract from tho merit ol the film, or from its entertaining powers.. there arc other fine and varied pictures in the programme, which will bo screened for the remainder of tho week. H AT W A]?DS’ PICTURES. ‘Life of General Villa,’ a graphic pic■nra illustrative of the li‘c end adventurous career of 1 ilia, who lias been so prominent in Aloxican affairs, is the chief picture of the current series at the Octagon Hall, where nightly largo attendances of the public arc agreeably entertained by the pictures that are screened. The saiTio pictures will lie shown again tonight.

TULLKY!S’ PICTCRKS. ‘Aat a- Nielsen l'p To ITir Trick?,’ a uonder/nl comedy piclitro of the '.lnumio.c young lady who, dressed up to represent e little girl and cicat 'd endless complications by her pranks, was witnessed by a large and appiroituivo audience at the King’s Theatre la--*, evening. The snppciting films, winch included dramas, iconics, and comedies, and items of thu war, wore all of good quality. The same pictures will bo shown to-night.

‘ RUNTY DULLS THE STRINGS.’ The production or .Mr Graham .Moffat’s rnecossSul Scotch comedy ‘ Utility Pulls tin Strings’ in Jhmcdiii on Monday. Su'■ember 0, will r.flrl to the list- of worldiamruts plt.y:; wLa b have been seen here. Although u-iimi lake.- plane in tho Scotch village; (■;" Lintiehaugh, and the character;; played by hV-oLcli-brcd actors and aetrcr.si-.-, n is claimed that it appeals alike to lin- Englishman as to the Scot, and its ringing note of genuinence.s is a clarion -tv to the masses as v.'oil as 1 o the d del Lroi. ’■ Wherever tin English kngmigo is :pokcn (not omitting fniirnoj!,' 1 say.- the ‘ Referee’ (.Sydney). ‘** jinnly Pulls the Strings,’ by reason of its broad humanity, must find a sympathetic echo with ail classes of playgoers, and in so doing il- fulfils the .sovereign duty of ail plays. When Dimly pulls the strings she sots in motion as artistically-moulded :■ specimen of whimsical old ‘ comedy of manners ’ ns has graced the eoiiteniporerv singe. Hoi .since 1 M :lactones ’ i.:;i -Lb,-- . eomet on the local theatrical tirr>nr'--->n- has any thing been seen in Svdiiey to, r iv,-- \ ;h. - piuv. Fragrant with die breath of • mild ' k>ot]:ni<i. and pnlsatm : witit tlie warm red blond of vital human naturalism, tfie simple, humanity, tho imuu-y realiiv of every act ion and word of • Bunty Pulls the .Strings,’ gives ;t a- pulsing, joyous spirit- of life licit tiows unchecked across the footlights and tom-hes a reverberating chord ni the hearts of the audience. It is in this respect—it* appealing simplimfy of c;o--o'ii re- -iJiat, it, rcnelir-i the Highest- pniiiHc!.. m ;m. and by the very force ot its vionc't Imiminenms takes precedence to ’ .Milestone--.' '■ Th•> box idans j sit t.fra Lam-'Lii sea-'<ei 00,-;! ,--t the Drvs-deu mi Thni-.-day next.

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AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15637, 30 October 1914

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AMUSEMENTS Issue 15637, 30 October 1914

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