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AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15651, 16 November 1914
‘SIXTY YEARS A QUEEN.’
To-night’a star picture at the Octagon Theatre, ‘Sixty Years a Queen,’ illustrate* ni 7,000 ft of film the life and reign of “ Victoria the Good.” Tho management announce that no more important screening lias over taken place under their auspices, -although many notable pictures hayo been shown. Quito apart from its. merit ss a picturo entertainment, ‘Sixty Years a Queen ’ is said to possess a wide educative value. It is stated that college and schoolmasters have recognised this, and have on behalf of their pupils taken advantage of the opportunities offered. Concerning another side of the film, tho Sydney Sun said ; "Though the film in a way is a hovriliscrl history, showing many great figures of the Victorian era, the strongest appeal to many will bo in the naturallypresented scenes of the Queen's private life. One of the most simple, yet .striking. is where a. stout, kindly-looking, old lady hustles into the. collage of tho oldest tenant on her Balmoral estate, and, forbidding the frail old Scotswoman to rise, she sits chatting Jo the, old lady, who twirls nervous hands, while, a couple ot smiling Princcssi'is make the tea. The first familv gathering at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, shows a group of young royalties in a grassy, tree-surrounded plot, playing catchers just as cheerily as Bill and Mary Jones Irom Surry Hills. The picture is composed of such selections front an embarrassing wealth of material aswjl give something for everybody.” Mr Barrie Marschel will lecture “the film, and the Octagon orchestra will supply apodal appropriate music. I’tdilio interest in the event, is indicated by Ihe fact that the demand for reserved scats has started at the Dtcsden. In addition, a special war film of ‘ The Defence of Alost’ will Ixi shown. This picture was actually taken in the firing lines, and is 586 ft in length. It depicts Belgian soldiers firing, tho awful effect of the German shell fire, street lightinc, ivliu'ccs from Alost, and other scene-.* ‘The Melbourne Cup, 1914.’ from start to finish, will a't=o be screened, and the- latest Home ‘ Gazette.’
Tho new programme whiett commenced to-day at the Queen’s Theatre is a particularly attractive one, and cannot lau to he popular with picture-lovers. A tvovalono star comedy entitled ‘ The Knockout 1 is certainly entitled to pride ol place us a comic. As a pugilist ratU Is more than a White Hope, ho is hopeless. Ho is the world’s champion ele-phant-weight—a waiter. He tips the scale at 2bst, and is finite willing to take on anybody twice his own avoirdupois, it such can be found. His ‘‘jipper-cuts and ‘■chin choppers” are not pinch •‘chon ’’—there is too much “chin, and not .sufficient ‘‘chop 1 ’ about them, biu his right “hooks” are “eye” openers—or shutters —while his “ swings to Inc point” are pointedly terrific. Hut -“Fatty” duos not fight fair, he loses his head when anyone taps him on the waistband, and it is difficult to tan him elsewhere, for he is mostly waistband, and then the band begins to play, lot he drops his gloves and howls for revolvers, whereupon things begin to revolve quickly. Charles Chaplin is the crookedest and funniest referee alice. I It is certainly one of the, funniest fights ; ever witnessed. ‘The 1' ight at A lost ! ;s a remarkably fine picture, and shows i tiio German attack on the t own. _ Ihe j young manhood of the Dominion will be 'inspired by the dauntless bravery shown i by the noble Belgians in the defence jof this town. This is an authentic pici inre, and must bo seen to l>e appreciated, i ‘ The Hattie of the Weak,’ a Vita drama., is particularly good, and docs not faito be appreciated by admirers of cleverlyacted and filmed drama. ‘/I ho bourne Cup’ is another magnificent film, which shows ihc Kingsburgh's race from start to finish. ‘ A Hair of lur.s jJI o - iiance drama) and ‘ Wanted, an_ Heir (Kalem comedy! are splendid pictures, and combine to make a programme of more than average merit. PLAZA PICTURES. The new programme shown at the Pla/,a Pictures to-dav was headed by 'J Ik Swimllcio.’ an A.B drama, exposing the methods of get-rich-quick American stockbrokers It depicts Roy Walton coming to New York to find a job. and shows how ho is enticed into the employ of a number of rascally etockbrok-'r.-. Roy’s landlady, with whoso daughter ho in love, invents her savings in (ho company. She is told by the police that the company a. ;,v,indld, and is to bo raided that night lliiv swears to recover the money, and arrives in time to find the crooks packing tip urepatatory to flight. To keep him quiet they eivo him the money hat lock him a;. Ho is found by tho police and taken ;•. thestation. Meanwhile, his Mvrrlhiwrt hid s.'-e-n the crooks 1c . vine, and following ti; in in a motor car, calls the‘police to hj r v '-sistaneo. aiid has them arrested. At th.*iation Roy is cleared, and tlu» affair cut’? happily for the inuoi--i!t )> n ties, A.noth-, r giw.d dramatic film is ‘Red Rifling Hood ■ T tin- Hills ’ O-hcr pictim-s aic ‘lhc D;.,f’i f .Atforrcv’.- Pin :. !ar' (drama). ‘AH a Dog's Fault,’ ami ' Sophie o? the Film.;’ (■ otnedk-s). ami tiic- lauvt t,r. i^iortl picture, i; chiding a, budg--t of war mows, Tho r-i-anly cwmiv'titkm. of which the mer.ibe-s of the amlieimc to-.- I !:c wh- j-.xlgec. shotd-'l it a gtc-'l deal ot i>,t-Tcst-. Tho propf nitnu- will !.v» shown again to-night. fullers’ pictures, '!‘he new seal o of pieitires to be ~,rt Tr. lx i ie_'T’e. e ,-eve f -.-I'.priC p-, g If) bo of itioi'O than ordinary inter: si. ' I foe llofer.ee of Ali-t.’ a picture acluahy i •’.<’•ll in the firing lino, heads the budget war picltues inchuld in the programm •. !f..w- dangerous ;;i ■ work of securing Ihe piit.no was may ho ratb‘-red from the fm lin'd v. hilst it was being taken a home cl,-so to she operator was struck by ach ii and partial!'.’ v;<l;,al. la tho narrow .-tiedfl of .-Tlo-d. rh Belgian smMiers .. i stubbornly icsirling the advance of tho invading Go nr arc. The Paths 'War Gaeottc ’ is liri’.nih.l of "xcitiug items c-ei-led with the v.;,r. 'iii 'ra is aho a good ee.eition O! ( MnlC Slid di’am:'. 1 iI: fililm, ill r-'idition to the wir pirtr.rcs. Tile fir -f on at the ximg’s will contmtn'Mj ,ji 6.50 p.m. HIS MAJESTY'S THEATRE. (In Saturdn.v night a big house farewell, d Mr and Mrs Graham Mount and tin ir company in that .- ni)j; le. homely, yet fasciaatii.g comedy ‘iiii.ily Pul!/the Stiiiuw.' It is safe to -ny that Bnnty. Willmn, Rah. and ihc test will long be affectionately rent cn bored by Dunedin theatre-goers.
AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15651, 16 November 1914
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