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AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15664, 1 December 1914
FULLERS’ PICTURES. At both sessions of the continuous picture show nt the King’s Theatre last evening large audiences were present. A new programme was submitted to patrons, and, like its predecessors, the finality of the faro fully satisfied them for their visit. The fresh bill contains a variety of subjects calculated to suit all tastes. This week’s war special film is decidedly interesting, as it depicts the city of Antwerp under shot and shell. The devastation and ruin wrought by the German siege guns are very clearly portrayed, and on the other hand there are scenes showing the Belgians attempting to resist the attacks of the enemy under cover of an armored train. the landing of the British bluejackets and marines in Antwerp makes a very inspiring sight. Further war news is pictured in Pathe’s Gazette. Portraits of several of the survivors from H.M.S. Cressy and the King and Queen inspecting Kitchener’s army at Aldershot are shown. The principal film in the dramatic section is one entitled ‘ Fires of Ambition.’ It demonstrates how a prospector succeeds in depriving a neighboring gold-digger of a very rich claim. Now in possession of a huge fortune, he aspires to be a member of Congress, and still his lust for gold continues. However, the concluding stages show, when on a visit to a country village, he is waylaid by the man whom no had wronged, and punished severely. ‘ Accused ’ is another stirring drama, relating a story of how a miserly lawyer dismisses an old employee for having been suspected of stealing certain documents. He is ultimately reinstated to his position, after the lawyer has found out that the disappearance of the documents is due to the work of rats. ‘ The Awakening of Barbara Dare ’ is a welltreated dramatic tale, and the acting and setting are all that could be desired. In the comic line patrons are well catered for, and a Keystone comedy ‘ Recreation,’ is perhaps best of all. The are extremely amusing, and the antics of the principal comedian (who is now well known to all picture-lovers) evoked roars of laughter from start to finish. “I hoy Bought a Boat ’ describes in a laughable manner how rpiickly two young follows dismissed the idea of boating after meeting with a sudden mishap. ‘ Life Beneath the Sea ’ is an instructive film dealing with various submarine animals. The same programme will be screened for the remainder of the week. HAYWARDS’ PICTURES. The authentic centre of the very attractive programme thrown into the public dorcaTn at the Octagon Hall lust night was a seiies of war pictures disclosing the work of the British marines in the defence of Antwerp. The audience saw the detachments of this historic arm ot the service landed in Belgium, and the splendid assistance they rendered in their whole-hearted and light-hearted fashion. In particular, they were witnesses of the armored trains in action (mounting 4.7iu guns), which have proved such a thorn in the German side. Outside the war film, the big subject this week is ‘The Inspector’s Story,’ which translates into the prose of drama a poem by an American author, revealing that even an American police officer is not without the milk of human kindness. The story is told over the supper table by the inspector, and the pathetic scenes of its reconntal depicted as he proceeds with the narrative. The idea is novel, and very effectively exhibited in the engrossing drama. A very clever trick film relating the Munchausen feats of a big-gamo hunter deserves very high recognition, being, in fact, one of the cleverest “ fakes ” wa have seen, and a source of unstinted laughter. The fight for the Davis Gup gave an excellent panoramic view of the greatest tennis tourney of the world; ‘ Ancient Egypt ’ reproduced the famous Sphinx and the Pyramids and temples of that old civilisation; ‘On the Hartz Mountains’ showed the wildly beautiful scenery of a country where vet the superstition of ,the werewolf exists ; and ‘ On the Border ’ proved a capital drama of Mexican treachery. In addition, several amusing “comics” were highly diverting. The orchestra, under Mr F. Mnrtinelli, proved in itself an entertaining factor of no mean order. Tho programme will bo screened this and following evenins.
AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15664, 1 December 1914
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