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AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15676, 15 December 1914
HAYWARDS* PICTURES. The films dealing with incidents connected with the great war are easily the most interesting in the excellent programme submitted by the management of the Octagon Hall this week. ' The Battle of Lebbeke'. shows the Belgian soldier on the march and resting' at the roadside, the field battery in action, the Red Cross brigade at work amongst the wounded, and finally groups of German prisoners being marched away escorted by Belgian guards. These pictures afford a far deeper insight into the real business of war than columns of cables and other written descriptions in the Press. We see the real live fighting men, marching to their death, doubtless, many of them, but apparently care-free 5 laughing, smoking, talking amongst themselves with a general air of " taking things as they come." In the latest ' Gaumont War Graphic' budget, too, are scenes of activity, not on the battlefield, but elsewhere,' and of equally great importance. A very fine scenic of Toledo, Spain, includes some delightful old world views, seascapes, with queer rock formations and beautiful sky effects, being particularly prominent. "A vaudeville sketch entitled • Feathered Acrobats' shows more than the title leads one to expect, for, in addition to two performing roosters, there are also two dogs, the whole four going through some wonderful tricks. ' A Six Foot Romance' is an under-the-table comedy in which three pairs of feet and a simitar number of shoes are the means of bringing a love affair to its logical conclusion." The humorist who conceived the 'Colonel Heezaliar' series of ad ventures is without doubt a benefactor to mankind. No one, surely, could -watch the quaint jerky antics of Heeza and the other characters without breaking into an almost continual chuckle. In the particular adventure screened last night the colonel suffers shipwreck, and is for days on a plank on the wide ocean, with nothing to eat but his boots, which, howover, ho devours with ease and apparent relish. His Jonah-like rescue from this predicament by a whale, and his further deliverance by the agency of a stork is screamingly funny. Most of the second half of the programme is taken up with a Japanese story called ' The Wrath of the Gods,' produced in Japan with American and Japanese players, and which is certainly of a most exciting description. The principal characters are Toya San, Baron Yamaki (her father), Taken (an old prophet), and Tom Wilson (an American sailor). The latter is shipwrecked, is rescued by Yamaki, and subsequently falls in lovo with and marries Toya San, despite the fact .that, according to an ancient legend, the. girl is, as the last descendent of an ancient Sumari family, accursed of the gods. The marriage taUes ptace at the Mission House, and almost immediately the village and surrounding country is shaken by earthquake, the volcano becomes active, the place is destroyed, most of the villagers perish, and the hero and heroine escape on an American ship which happened to be in the harbor. The whole thing is 011 a huge scale, and the effects of" the eruption, especially in the mountain passes and on the slopes along the sea front, are very realistic. The same programme will be shown all this week. FULLERS' PICTURES. The programme now running at the King's Theatre which was screened for the first time last night is a particularly varied one. The star picture, entitled 'A Woman's Way,' is a powerful dramatic picture. A bank servant, in order to pay his young wife's extravagant debts, embezzles the bank's money. He is sent to gaol, and while serving his sentence the wife becomes infatuated with a journalist. At his suggestion she gets a divorce, and is about to marry the scriho when her ''ivorced lniihnnd appears on the scene. Her great infatuation for him is renewed, and he endeavors to persuade her to forget him, but eventually he succumbs to her charms, and is reunited. Tho acting throughout is powerful, and this can bo readily understood when it is mentioned that this glorious photo-play is by the famous Nordisk Company. 'Abide With Me' unfolds tho story of a renegade young man who falls in love with a pure and beautiful daughter of a vicar. The young man goes from bad to worse, and the, girl spurns his affections. His father turns him out of his home, and he becomes an associato of drunken loafers. He drinks to excess, and during an extreme drinking bout In- vi.-its a mission condnctod by his former sweetheart. Whilst in the mismon he falls from the seat and is so badly injured that he has to be removed to a'n infirmary. It is then found that he is suffering from delirium tremens, and expires whilst in this condition in the arms of his former love. Tho picture is a particularly sad one, and the pathos is deepened by the singing of tho -well-known hymn entitled 'Abide With Me' during the screening of the picture hy a boy chorister, who. although suffering from 3 severe cold, gave a capablo rendering. ' Buster and His float' is a splendid comic, and anyone who has perused tho ' Buster Brown ' cartoons in the American papers could not fail to appreciate his escapades .as depicted by the " movies." There is a splendid budget of war news from the ' Pnthe Gazette.' and a film entitled "Tho Battle of Lebbeke,' which gives some excellent views of the men on active service. This varied and interesting programme will be repeated this evening. QUEEN'S THEATRE. Finest of all great Keystone comedies is 'The Property Man,' which is proving a big magnet in the hands of the management at the Queen'?. In this latest rekaso Charles Chaplin, the admitted prince of comedians, surpasses all previous perfcrmainces, which is the best recommendation that could be given tho film. KING EDWARD THEATRE. The attraction at the new continuous threatre at South Dunedin, which seems to be enjoying a. full measure of public favor, is the Japanese drama- 'The Wrath of the Gods.' Triers are many other excellent film?, PLAZA PICTURES. Th« big attraction at the Gtorf* rtrwt theatre is the Sslic production 'Caryl of the Mountains,' which feature* Kathlyri Williams. This headllner is supported by (numerous other pictures. Yer Mann gang cautio round tho toun Wi' yer sp'cuchan fou o" BONNIE DOON. Ne'er fash your thumb wi' care and dool; Smoke BONNIE DOON to cheer yer soul. -[Advt.]
•HUMPTY DUMPTY* TO-NIGHT. Tho above pantomime, which is to open at His Majesty's Theatre to-night for a few nights' 6eason, is described as being full of wholesome humor and make laugh and laugh again the most staid and well-behaved theatregoer. It may be- described as a procession of comicalities. There is caid to be an abundance of pretty, catehy music, ot bright, picturesque costumes, handsome young ladies, graceful groupings, novel ballets, with artistic scenic eottings, including the March of the Allies. The transformation scena in six scenes, entitled ' Dreamland,' painted by the Harry Wliaite studios, is claimed to be above the ordinary. Lennon, Hyman, and Lennon provide an amuring acrobatis specialty, 'Fiwi in a Restaurant.' Although the expense in importing from Australia the* complete company of 85 people is large, popular prices arc boing charged. The management are eaid to be exceedingly fortunate in securing a remarkably strong combination. It does not consist of one or two leading artists. Every role that has the slightest claim to prominence is given to an artist, who makes it conspicuous for some special feature. A matinee will be held on Saturday, specially reduced prices being made for children. The box plan for the feason is now open at the Dresden. Patrons are requested to be in their seats at 7.45 p.m., when the curtain rises. If the booking at the Dresden is any indication, a bumper house is assured for to-night's opening.
AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15676, 15 December 1914
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