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AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15642, 5 November 1914
FULLERS' PICTURES. In addition to ' The Ruins of Terinonde' «• 11r3 'The Germans Entering Brussels." the King's Theatre programme reveals an excellent- drama, 'Quicksands,' th« pretty scenic 'On the Ranks of the Da.hl,' and ninny other good subjects. HAY WARDS' PICTURE--?. .\t the Octagon Hall the main topical subject is the war, featuring 'The Ruina of Termondo ' and ' The Germans Entering Brussels.' In addition there is the •'star" comedy 'Goodness Gracious,' the educational film 'Crocodile Huntins:,' and scveroi good dramas and farces. QUEEN'S THEATRE, • The chief picture in this week's change of programme. at, the Now Queen's Theatre is entitled "A Social Ghost-.' It is a romantic story of a hoy and girl acquaintance, brought about by a. "rescue from drowning by the former," and which lends in the discovery by the fc'irl's father of a. wife who had deserted him years before. The wife, of course, is the boy-rescuer's mother, who is in distressed circumstances. A. wonderful trained dog plays a big part in the rct-rue incident, and altogether the story is delightful. The comedy element is well re pro son ted by a " Keystone scream " depicting Reuben fooling the bandits. By special request the war picture of the German entry into Brussels is being retained in tho programme., and this, with the film of (lie 'limns of Termonde,' eivc a. thrillintr idea of the doings in Belgium. A powerful drama, " Th:■. Mexican ?Jambl«»r.' is another feat-tire ; while tho ' Ring. villft Eire Department' and an interesting Australian 'Gazette' complete a most athactive programme. PLAZA PICTURES. The change oi programme at the Plaza (continuous) Theatre to-day introduced for its main feature an impressive drama named 'Driftwood,' the denouement of which, iif -fundamentally unpleasant, is handled with tact. Jack Morgan, a student in a medical college, .-ecrefly mniries the college gardener's daughter Annie Lee. On the, eve of receiving his degree, he. is expelled for dissipation, and, leaving his wife, goes to the city. Shortly afterwards Annie (having now every impulsion to find him) follows, and fakes service with her husband's parents. Returning late one night, tho young scapegrace finds her. Things are going badly with him, and when his rich aunt pays his parents a visit he enters her room and steals a valuable necklace. The trinket is mis-sod, and the police summoned. Poor Annie, who suspects the culprit, obtains the, neekla.ee, and is just replacing it when the police catch her innocently red-handed. To his eternal disgrace young .Morgan allows his wife, to stand trial and receive a *-entenco of two years. In tho penitentiary her baby is born—blind—and within a- few hours the mother dies. Six years later the blind child is adopted by wealthy people, and as (she irivnw- into beautiful womanhood it is discovered that she has a wonderful voice. The blind j»irl becomes a prima- donna, and as such young Morgan, now a famous surgeon, meets her and falls in love with her. Tie. proposes an operation to restore her sight-, makes it enrcessfuliy, and becomes her fiancee. But one night, openning his sweetheart's locket, he finds the photograph of himself that he had given, the unfortunate Annie. Lee so many years ago. lie. is affianced 1o his own daughter! This dreadful Nemesis drives his reason out, and next morning his valet discovers him dead. As we have said, it is rather ah unsavory denouement, but powerfully depicted. Among other good subjects are 'Avenged,' a smuggling drama, and the 'Eclair Gazette,' giving the, latest war news. Tho theatre is open day and night. ' BUNTY PULLS THE STRINGS.' It is claimed for ' Runty Pulls tho Strings,' Mr Graham Moffat's famous Scotch comedy, which is being produced tit His Majesty's Theatre on Monday evening next, that one of the chief reasons "of its popularity is its strong appeal to human nature. "It is real, it is sweet." pays the Melbourne ; Punch.' "It is fresh and beautiful—a charming study from real life, acted with a perfection and ease which produces complete forgetfulness of the fact that it is acting at all." In order that the true atmosphere should ho obtained, Mr and Mrs Graham .Moffat (who play their original parts) have selected the remaining members of the cast from the various companies which have played the, comedy in Great Britain and America, all of whom are Scotchbred. Miss Ella Young, who plays Bunty, and Mr Abie Barker, as Rah, have in particular been singled out by .the Press for special praise. The Sydney ' Evening News,' referring to their performances, says: " Miss Young will captivate all who come within range of her fascination. With her should be bracketed Mr Abie Barker, who, as Rah, is probably the best 'boy' we, have, seen on the stage. He had his audience from the first, and as a merry your.g Scot afforded a vivid contrast to the grave and reverend persons by whom he was tmrrounded." The box plans are now open at the Dresden. The Dunedin season will consist of six nights and a matinee on Saturday, November 14. Owing to the conditions brought about by the war, the management are charging reduced prices of admission, despite the fnct that the company met with remarkable success in Australia, where higher prices were charged. Arrangements have been made by tho various Scotch societies in Dunedin for representatives to welcome? Mr Graham Moffat on arrival at the station on Monday afternoon next.
AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15642, 5 November 1914
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