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AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15660, 26 November 1914
PLAZA PICTURES. A new series of pictures will be shown to-day at the Plaza Palace. It comprises drama, comedy, and tragedy, in addition to attractive war scenes. ° Dreamy Jimmy ’ is a comio which tells how the subject of the story, while fishing on the river bank, falls asleep and dreams fearful dreams, in which he is captured by brigands, is compelled to join them in a perilous expedition, and is taken prisoner. The nightmare does not end here, however, for “Jynmy” imagines himself the victim of a terrible revenge taken by the brigands for his having betrayed their hiding place. He is carried to a cliff edge and compelled to walk a plank projecting over an abyss, and falls—into the river by which he lias been fishing. ‘ Pimple, JI.P.,’ is another diverting comedy, in which the candidate for parliamentary honors, in trying to imitate the apparently successful methods used by his opponent to influence votes, makes some ludicrous mistakes, and invariably “ puts his foot in it.” Nothing daunted, however, Pimple beats his opponent by the simple expedient of faking the voting cards, and, obviously unashamed, allows himself to be announced “M.P.” ‘ Tho Undertow’ is the tragedy, and is described as “ a powerful story of the underworld.” It tells of a girl who rises from the mire in which she has sunk, and lives happily and respectably until ghosts of tho past arise, and in desperation. she commits murder and suicide. Other films are ‘A Wife for a Wager,’ which tells of how Wally Brestow started out with nothing and returned within a year with a wife and a fortune—all tho result of a wager; ‘ Opium Cigarettes,’ a trick film; and ‘ His first Ride,’ comedy. Then there are the latest war pictures, and, last but not least, the second of sis entrants in the beauty competition. The whole mav be summed up as a most attractive holiday programme. QUEEN’S THEATRE. Something in the way of a warning to those feminines who hold such a poor opinion of man as to think they could easily do without him is conveyed in the picture " Whseu the Men Left Town*’ which is one of the head-liners in the now programme at the Queen’s. Having gained control of a town (unspecified), tho women folk put a stop to smoking, drinking, and gambling. Naturally, the men resent this interference with their innocent pleasures, and they decide to leave the town and the women to their own devices, and depart in the night. Then, and only then, arc they appreciated, and the forsaken sweethearts and wives, after two days of loneliness, insist on the despised males being brought back and their freedom returned to them. And what a scene when they do return! A drama entitled ‘ The Little Sheriff ’ is a simple but affecting story df a wee boy, Buddy, the sheriff’s son, who protects his school teacher from unwelcome attentions by a shady character, and incidentally pertmmv ii rliift* nf o mflfph ** A
special war film is that showing events in connection with the great battle before Antwerp. The inhabitants of Quatrecht are seen fleeing from their homes with a few possessions. Then the batteries come into action, covering the advance of infantry; German shells burst in mid-air, and the fearful business of battle is vividly depicted. Finally is seen the effect of shell fire on houses in the town. It is an intensely interesting picture, and should not bo missed. Other films are ‘ For King and Country,’ showing scenes of mobilisation in Groat Britain; ‘He Was Bad,’ a Lubiu comedy of merit; a drama entitled ‘ Hunger of the Heart ; and the latest ‘Australian Gazette.’ Altogether a very fine holiday programme, which residents and visitors alike cannot fail to appreciate. HAYWARDS’ PICTURES. Tho great attraction at The Octagon is the pictorial story of W. W. Jacobs s great comedy ‘ Beauty aud the Barge, bf the other pictures shown, ‘ The Battle Before Antwerp ’ is of exceptional interest. The inhabitants of Quatrecht are seen leaving their homes with a few oi their worldly possessions, flying anywhere to escape the shells. The 4th and 10th batteries arc shown in action. The violence of the explosions shakes all the trees. Other incidents are; Receiving information by telephone as to whereabouts _ot enemy; order received; change direction of gun to your right; advancing to another position under shelter of distant trees; the real objective of gun firo; covering tho advance of the infantry on banks of river Scheldt; effect of the gun fire given to gunners by telephone; horses and lumber waggons waiting for another move; German shells bursting in midair giving off
clouds of smoke.; the effect of shell fire on houses; gathering up trophies of the fight. IIIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE. M. Hngard and his talented company gave another successful entertainment last night, when once again Mr Hugard withstood the bullets from the guns of three or four Territorials. This time he requested two of the marksmen to fiae first and the third after a lapse of a minute. This they did, and Mr Hugard still lives to rencat this daring act this evening. Chin# Sung Loo is, no doubt, a master of his magic art, and his tricks and illusions are bewildering in their rapidity and mystery. The company will appear again this evening. PRINCESS THEATRE. This week's vaudeville programme is certainly an attractive one. Heading the turns is Carrie Moore, an old favorite. I Leslie Holmes’s Pierrot Company are on : again this week, also Rosa Loader. Brown and Sorlie,' Great Weston. White and ; Grey, and Arthur Trout.- Besides these, Benson and Bell and Lcs Bates are fresh on the hoards. The theatre will be open again this evening. | | BARTON’S CIRCUS. i Another performance was give,n last night. The circus will he open again tins evening. It is located at the corner of St. | Andrew and Cumberland streets. ! 1 KING’S THEATRE. j Fullers’ Pictures were, opened at 2 p.m. I to-day, and a good crowd filled the. theatre, j The Series submitted comprises dramas, j comedies, sccnics, and special war pic- j tnres, one of which—‘ Battle Before Ant- ] werp ’ —will arrive in time for the 6.30 session. The same programme will be ; given this evening, with the addition of j the great war picture, I LIEDERTAFEL CONCERT. The above concert, which takes place in the Burns Hall neat Monday evening, should rank as one of the best in the annals of the society, as the practices have been going 'splendidly—so much so that the conductor (Mr Jesse Timson) expressed , his pleasure at the final rehearsal at the - satisfactory way the part songs had been j mastered. A choice selection from the society’s extensive library of music will he presented, and will comprise ‘ The Forge,’ j * An Autumn Evening, ‘ For Homo and Liberty,’ ‘The Viking’s Farewell,’ ‘ In j Picard'ie,’ ‘The Beleaguered,’ ‘ Nazareth, j and ‘ A Morning Serenade,’ in which the solos will be taken by Messrs Algie and : Harding. The assisting soloists are Miss , Rebecca Carr, Messrs W. E. M’Kinlay ami : W. Gemmell. Mr S. H. Osborn will recite i Shakespeare’s ‘ Henry V.’ (Agincourt), and in addition to the accompanying work Mr A. C. Martin will give a pianoforte solo. MR ARTHUR ALEXANDER. One of the special holiday attractions is the pianoforte recital to he given by the above artist to-morrow evening, at 8.15, in the Bums Hall. The programme comprises items from the works of Beethoven,; Schumann, Chopin, etc., and ae Mr Alexander has proved by his London successes to ho a brilliant exponent in the art o£ piano playing ho should be greeted with a. crowded house. Tiro London ’ Times,’; 22/10/13, in criticising Mr Alexander’s last recital, said: “Mr Arthur Alexander needs no introduction to a London audience, and is known as a pianist who knows what, he wantsconvey, and goes etraight to the jpajeA' 45 I
ORPHANAGE CONCERT. In the mldat of these busy days of patriotism the claim* of tho little helpless onea in our midst are apt to be forgotten but the young women’s Bible clashes of Dunedin and suburbs are confidently looking forward 10 a large audience being present in Bums Hall to-morrow night, when tho seventh annual concert in aid of the Glendining Presbyterian Home and Orphanage will he given. ‘Browmcs’ Whispers’ is the title of a floral cantata which the 70 little ones are giving- The young women’s Bible classes nave several attractive and novel items in their portion, including a song and chorus specially written for the occasion. METHODIST CENTRAL MISSION. The annual concert of the Y.W.8.0. was held in the Y.M.C.A. assembly hall last night. Rev. W. Walker presided over a large and appreciative audience. The programme was specially arranged by Mrs A. Griffiths. A pianofore duet was rendered by Misses Luscombe and Harrison; solos were sung with good effect by Misses Densem, Pridham, and Stokes; pleasing recitations were given by Mr M’Connell and Master L. Griffiths; Miss Ella M’Cleary gave an impressive patriotic recital, ‘New Zealand's Sons’; Miss Hemsley and Master L. Griffiths showed to advantage in tho humorous sketch ‘ Miss Marigold’s New Help’; Mr and Mrs A. Griffiths captivated the audience in two drawing room sketches; and Miss Dorothy Griffiths gracefully danced the Highland fling. The Bible class members gave a comedietta, Aliss Harland, L.A.8., and Miss Tyrrell played the accompaniments. Rev. W. Walker, on behalf of the Central Mission, heartily congratulated Miss Harland (the Mission organist) on having obtained the L.A.B. degree in the Royal Academy of Music, London.
AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15660, 26 November 1914
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