Chief amongst, the special attractions provided for to-day and Saturday at the New Queen’s Theatre is the delightful Nordislc comedy ‘The Fourth. Lady.’ The story is one of deception and its results—most amusing results. That it is crammed full of startling situations may be imagined when it is explained that Felix, to get his friend Lieutenant Wolfe out of a difficulty consents to impersonate the latter’s sister at the regimental sports. How he meets a charming young lady (actually the sister) in a train, and how the train is delayed by floods, necessitating the passengers being located _at an hotel for the night, and how Felix gets out of his difficulties without disclosing his identity, keeps everyone in a continuous chuckle. Some richly humorous passages follow at the ball, the lovelorn state of an amorous old colonel, whose heart is smitten by the charms of the pseudo yonng lady, being a source of great amusement. Eventually a way out is found for 'Felix, and everything ends happily for all, except, perhaps, the colonel. ‘ The Fourth Lady' is an exceptional picture in every wav, and to those who enjoy bright, * sparkling comedy, well acted and ’.veil screened, it is bound to prove an attraction. ‘The Car of Death’ 14, a Kalem drama, a thrilling drama, in winch a dynamite car breaks loose from a freight train, and is in danger of running into a trainload of picnicking children. How this is prevented by a girl, who. just in time, derails the car, is a tremendously exciting episode. The • Australian * Gazette ’ is interesting, and includes the official opening of the Sydney municipal freezing works by the Lord Mayor. Alderman Richards. Other supports are equally good. —Christmas Day.— Arrangements have been made by the. management to screen a spec ial programme to-morrow (Christmas Day) from 2 p.ra. to 10 p.m., when pictures'appropriate to the day will bo shown. KING EDWARD THEATRE. There is no doubt as to the popularity of the great picture ‘Home, Sweet Home,’ which is to be shown for the rest of the week at the King Edward Theatre, South Dunedin. Wherever it has been screened this remarkable series of stories —a_s it really is—has won admiration. Unlike, a great many picture dramas, ‘ Home, Sweet Home’ is not so ultra-sentimental as to cloy; on the contrary, it has a genuine ring, and touches a responsive chord in th breasts of all who have had any experience of life. The career of John Howard Payne, composer of the famous song which gives the title to this picture, is sketched in the iivst part from the time he leaves his home to go upon the rtage until his lonely death as British Consul at Tunis, The other parts are stories picturing the influence for good wrought upon the lives of certain characters. The acting and the photography are exceptionally fine, and ‘ Home, Sweet Home ’ is a film that should certainly be seen. PLAZA PICTURES. Tbe‘ new programme which was released at the Plaza to-day includes many interesting films, chief among which is the Bison drama ‘ A Forest Romance,’ which unfolds an exciting story of life among the Indians. One of the latest Hepworth releases, ‘Evil of the Slums,’ is included in the series, and is said to be an excellent production. In the comic line (here arc two excellent films, ‘ Bill Bailey Dons the Gloves’ and ‘Sophie of the Lion’s Deh.’ The theatre will also be open to-morrow afternoon and evening. KING’S THEATRE, The current programme is attracting big audiences to the King’s Theatre. The latest edition of war pictures are most interesting, particularly those 'of the evacuations of Ghent and Ostend. The ordinary films include ‘ The Debt ’ (Lubin drama) and ‘Fatal Sweet Tooth’ (Keystone comic). HAYWARDS’ PICTURES. The last three nights of the splendid photo play ‘ Home Sweet Home ’ are announced. The pictorial version of a famous song should prove a tramp card in the hands of the management. PRINCESS THEATRE. In addition to' Herman and Shirley and “ The Magpies,” who are opening at the Princess Theatre on Monday night, the following big acts are included in the programme :—Miss .Rosa Lee Ivy, a brilliant cantatrice and comedienne of high attainments from the Palace and Alhambra (London) Theatres; Monahan and Sheehan, two clever people, who are responsible for a gorgeous musical act; Mr Neil Cant, the clever and talented Scotch vocalist and comedian, well and favorably remembered in Dunedin: and Ernest Brinkmann and the Steele Sisters, three talented character and novelty performers. The whole combination is well diversified and attractive. Seats may be reserved at the Dresden.
WILLOUGHBY DR AMATIC COMPANY
The members of the. George Willoughby Diamatic Company have reached Dunedin from Sydney, and will appear at His Majesty's on Boxing Night in ‘The Ever Open Door.’ Mulberry Court, where the hoy hero was brought, up by a burglar and n "widow, was in ancient times n religious retreat, then became a mansion of a nobleman, and finally was let out in single rooms to laborers and costermongers. The little garden with a fig tree still flourishing is all that remains of the original convent domain. Tho garden shown is that of aii old-time charily founded in the days of long ago, and still a lovely patch of prey peace amid the storm and stress of hustling Westminster. Near where the ardent Abbey stands was Sanctuary. Westminster .was a city of refuge a thousand years ago, and the stair of Sanctuary remains. The.houses of Cabinet Ministers are in the same street as the resorts of tramp? and thieves, and on© of tiic best known of these crowded dwellings was om-e the palace ol a lordly landowner. Such is the Westminster of which the author of ‘Lights of London’ has laid the scones of ‘The Ever Open Poor.’ The melodrama enjoyed a long run at the Ahlwych Theatre last year. Miss Vera Hernec mid Mr George Cross are tho central characters. THE KENNEDY^. Concerning this musical family who appear at the Burns Hall on Saturday night an Auckland exchange says;--Mr Keith Kennedy, tho violinist, with a Sarasate solo, impresses mostly by his earnest methods and by Ins excellent conception. With the sextet from ‘Lucia’ the violinist was highly successful—and so the audience showed. Mr Lauri Kennedy is a remarkable ’cellist. With the ‘ Rhapsodic Horigroiso’ bo captivated the whole audietice, showing perfection of tone and masterly interpretation. His ‘Variations Sympathiquos ’ (Boolmann) was given with such freedom, beauty, and understanding as to immediately place the ’cellist in tho highest class. The ’cellist also uses the cornet. Mr Lance Kennedy is the flautist, and his interpretation of ‘The Carnival cf Venice’ wan in all rcspecta worthy. He impresses one as having mastered the. ait. and Jha inspirational quality noted in. the ’cellist's work is not bo patent in tho work of the flautist. He sings nicely in a good baritone voice. Madame Bertha Kennedy, at the piano, is all that could be desired. The sympathy and ccncord so vejry necessary between soloist and accompanist is notable in this instance. Mies Rose Fitzgerald, contralto soloist, has a voice of peculiar mellowness and volume, but by far her highest claim to bo gladly heard is that she singe with very great sympathy. Miss Dorothy Otace is a, gifted soprano, and her unusual co.ro in production and enunciation should <‘>* * lesson to any amateur warbler v/bo happened to be present. Tho ‘La Tbsca Prayer’ delighted tho audience. It was given temperamentally, expressively, and with fin© tonal qualities; The Entertainers were all worthy of the reputation of these modest but brilliant people. Auckland has bad nothing better lor a yean—end few people so.. genuinely attcaenye atrqtv? time' • ,
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AMUSEMENTS, Evening Star, Issue 15684, 24 December 1914