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AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15639, 2 November 1914
Tho programme whicli commenced at the Queen’s - Theatre this afternoon is a tpecially-attractivo one. One of the principal pictures is a Vitagraph special entitled ‘Old Reliable.’ To shield hia employer’s son, Daniel Ray, known to Raymond, the banker, as Old ’Reliable, takes the blame of a theft, and accepts the law’s penalty of a ten-year term in a penitentiary. The son, Cliff Raymond, who has been leading a fast and reckless life, is sent West by his father to reform and become a useful man. A aeries of interesting events associated with some romance lead up to Old Reliable being reinstated in his old position, and Cliff Raymond being exposed and sent away for ever. The picture is particularly human, and is WfeU filmed and equally well screened. ‘The Parent Strain’ ia a supreme photo play, teeming with dramatic situations. The plot shows Joe and Tom Barry, two brothers, are in lord with Ruth Hartley. The girl favors Joe, but his mother detects in him a passion for gambling, and site suggests to Ruth’s father that ho shall oppose the match. The father confronts Joe, and he makes a denial. Ruth takes his aide, tears up the letter, and will not listen to any argument. Her confidence is, however, shattered when, on the wedding day, Jco is found in a gamblinghouse, and in a fit of anger she marries Tom. Joe is too late to regain tho confidence of the girl, and ho goes to minister of the settlement for advice. The minister persuades him to become a church worker, and make amends for the past. Ten years pass, and Joe has become a respectable citizen, but the gambling fever has taken possession of Tom. His wife is unable to stand tho strain any longer, ami decides to leave her husband for ever, but Joe intercepts the separation, and makes Tom swear never to touch a card again. The war scenes to-day are specially good, and depict the latest scenes from the front. They are guaranteed to be authentic, and show the German army entering Brussels. This remarkable scries of highly interesting pictures demonstrate vividly our enemy really is. ‘The Ruins of Terraonde’ bear witness to the thoroughgoing methods of the Kaiser's army. Another good picture is ‘Mack At It Again,’ a Keystone comedy -which has caused a perfect uproar in the northern cities. ‘lzzy the Operator,’ a Reliance comedy, is extremely funny. Last, but not least, is tiic topical* budget, which contains the most important events in tho European crisis. Tho same programme will bo repeated this evening. PLAZA PICTURES. The new programme wliich was submitted at the Plaza to-day comprised some eight films in all, and it is safe to say that the entertainment furnished cannot fad to please the most exacting. One of tho latest Essanay releases, ‘An Angel Unaware,’ provides the “star” attraction, it unfolding an appealing story of an innocent girl’s sacrifice. Briefly told, tho story is that Mrs Dixon, who has an ungovernable temper, brings about a separation between herself and her husband, who later on finds pleasure in tho company of one of his factory girls. Grace'rents a room with a “ widow,” and one evening receives permission to entertain, a gentleman friend, who proves to be none other than the “ widow’s" husband. Grace secretly returns tho ring, and is successful in her effort to make the wife believe that she knew all, and that her object in renting the room was to bring tho two together once more. The picture is convincingly presented by a most capable band of actors. The Nestor Company’s comic production, ‘The Newly-weds’ Dilemma,’ provides I.OCOft of merriment, so to speak, the misfortunes following ono after tho other in rapid succession upon a jealous husband. The “turn" gives full play to one’s risible faculties. The aforesaid husband, an automatic locking door, and a obliging neighbor are the main points upon which the comedy is built. The best of the supporting films is ‘An Old Locket,’ an emotional play, the scene of which is taken from the American Civil AA’ar. It is produced by Lois AVeber, who was the leading lady in ‘The Rosary.’ The other films include ‘Never Lend Your Boots ’ (comic), ‘ Growing Flowers ’ (Gaumont colored), ‘Father’s Scapegoat’ (A.B. drama), ‘lnterrupted Courtship’ (comic), and tho latest edition of the ‘ AA r anrick Chronicle.’
TECHNICAL COLLEGE BAZAAR. The currency of the King Edward Technical College exhibition of students’ work and bazaar has been noted for large attendances of the public, and .Saturday saw an ever-increasing number. In tho afternoon the romjert programme was provided by si ml cuts of tho Technical College, supplemented by Highland dances in costume neatly performed by Mbs ■Winnie Robertson and Master Willis M’Kcnzie Tho evening's entertainment was provided by the Moray Place School Band, and others, the principal of whom were Miss Doris Beck (Highland fling), Misses Doris Hall and Dorothy Colo (Irish washerwoman's dance), and Miss Molly Perry (recitation). The second half of tho* programme was provided by pupils from the Normal School, and found considerable favor. The commodious Kempthorne Hall _was crowded early in the performance. The selling of the stall articles proceeded briskly, and tho practical classes were at work as usual in -several of the rooms. As already intimated, it is intended to continue tho feto for the next few days, and to mark down tin: prices of the unsold goods. To-night the Moray. Place School Band, the students of the college, and the Liedertafel will provide the entertainment, while to-morrow evening tho programme will he provided by the Dunedin Pipe Band and the Vivian Family. “A COON CARNIVAL." The Friday night rallies of the Junior .Department of the Y.M.O.A. was hi ought to a close for the year on Friday lust. The evening was a specially novel one. and was termed a “Coon Carnival," admission being by black face. A large Tunnbr of members, blackened and disguised and wearing as grotesque clothes as only boys can wear when they “dress up,” took part in the evening’s amusement. Mr H. South, chairman of tho Junior Department Committee, was in tho chair, and briefly opened tho evening. Til is was followed by the hearty singing of numerous nigger songs round the piano, interspersed with plentiful helpings of ice cream. (James and competitions made the time go quickly. At- n later stage of the proceedings the boys’ work secretary (Mr 8. Wilkinson) stated that 31 Friday evenings had been held, with a total at- ■ tendanneo of 1,294, r an average for each meeting of 42 These meetings had comprised lectures on religious and educational subjects, literary and musical evnings, impromptu ar.d prepared speeches, visits to inanufactmkv*. games evening:,, socials, etc., the varied character of the programme keeping tho interest of tho boys well sustained right through tire winter. Ho stated that during the next three months the Boys’ Department would not be kept open quite so much as during tho winter, but llrat- outdoor sports and other attractions would bo arranged so as to enable members to get full advantage of the longer days and warmer weather. The meeting, which was most, lively and enthusiastic throughout, was brought to a close by the serving ox supper. ‘BUNTY PULLS THE STRINGS’ In “ Bnnty.” the winsome, charming character created by Mr Graham Moffat in his famous Scotch comedy ‘Bnnty Pulls tho Strings,’ which is to bo produced at. Mis Majesty's Theatre on Monday nest. Mr Moffat- has added to the academy of stage characters which, axe world-famous in theatrical literature. “Bnnty” is being interpreted by Miss Ella Young during the play’s -tour of New Zealand, and she is considered by tbo author id be tho finest “ Bnnty ” he has yet seen. The ‘ Sydney Keferoe’ describes “Bnnty” as “a wholly kirk-bred product, entirely, absolutely, and unwaveringly Scottish from the lip of her tiny black shoes to Iter old-fashioned '.‘bun.’ Shrewd, Jdvel-beaded, grimly, puritanically e*s6nomica’, aelf-wiltal and entirely , conn lib-, yet -withal wholly feminine and lovable, she £rft*»ote a pic-
tune of absorbing interest to all true lovero of human nature. Although she rides *>ughahod over the objections and prejudices of more man, she docs bo by moans of her attributes as a woman, her native cleverness making her realise just how potent those weapons arc. Life to her is a serious business, «nd in her capable handi*—a mere girl of 19—domestic economy becomes a science, a thing of unspoiled perfection. That is her life, drab enough in all conscience, but she goes through it smilingly, content to abide by tho bigoted standards that make wliistling on tho Sabbath a hideous offence in which sho has been brought up. If she thinks it necessary to flaunt convention the does eo with no misgivings, secure in her own independence and, strength. A sure sense of practicability guides all 'her actions, but does not subjugate tho curiosity ana rebellion at the rule of man that have descended to her as a legacy from old Mother live.” The box plans open at the Dresden on AVednesday morning at 9 a.m.
AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15639, 2 November 1914
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