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AMUSEMENTS

KING EDWARD THEATRE. Heading a. most attr»tive programme at the King Edward Theatre to-day was ■The Ring and the Man,' the cinematograph version of Brachy"s political romaie. e, in which the chief part is played by Urine M'Rae. whose commanding personality fits him particularly well for the role of Oormly, the man whose bravery and self-possession in the face of crucial circumstances enable him to successfully oppose the corrupt forces of the political ring that are ttying to ruin him. Gurmly sacrifices even his love for his principles. How he defeats the vicious ring forces, how the shadow of crime of his past is lifted from him. and how he finally wins his election and his bride are most graphically shown, and absorb the keenest attention of the spectator. The current niuubc.c of the " Caiimont Graphic' includes a budget ot most, interesting war views. 'Susanna's New Shirt' is a most laughable comedy picture of the troubles of a wife who possessed the habit of buying her drapery on credit. The same pie. ttires will be shown to-night.

PLAZA PICTURES. The new programme that was submitted at the Plaza Pictures to-day comprised a bright and entertaining' selection of pictures, A fine dramatic film, 2,000 ft in length, entitled 'The Derelict,' was the chief attraction. The representation of this story was undertaken by actors of the A.B. Company, who have achieved a distinct success. Another good drama was ' The Sea Waif,' -which portrayed an exciting story of the rescue of a child carried out to sea. The child climbs into a boat, which drifts out to sea. Her mother, alarmed, at her absence, scans the water and sees the. boat far out. She summons help. The distant fishermen return to the call of the beacon, and the child is fortunately rescued, little the worse for her adventure. Other picture* are ' The Harbor of Love,' which portrays a pretty love story of an artist, ' Some Little Things our Tommies Leave,' ' The Twin Trunks.' and a picture giving the latest war views. The net profits of Wednesday night's entertainment are to be devoted to the motor ambulance fund. The same programme will be shown tonight.

XEW QUEEN'S THEATRE. R EINCARNATION STORY. A mysteiy story of the, East, involving the theory of reincarnation, must bo accounted the prime attraction on the new programme revealed at the Queen's Theatre (continuous) to-day. This is 'The Mystery of the Sleeping Death.' a- play handsornely and even gorgeously produced. The story commences in ultra-modem fashion, with Li/,jif, s. notorious litt!.; sal'ebreakcr. committing burglary in the house, of .Harrison, a, young millionaire. Harrison discovers her at work, but her youth and beauty induce him to allow her escape. Mysteriously, Lizzie is found unconscious in the street, and Harrison in the same condition at home. All medical endeavors to bring round tho victims fail. and iu despair Amar, an Oriental mystic and hypnotist, is called in. Ho is at once intrigued by hearing both victims using words in his own language with which they could not possibly be acquainted, and his alert mind, versed in tho cult of Id's priests, sokes tho mystery. Thousands of years earlier, so the tradition ran, the beautiful Indian girl Lola sought, against hor father's vcishes. to elopo with a fair-skinned slave named Dano. They were captured and brought before the high priest, who cursed them with tho curso of tho sleeping death, which threw them into a death-like trance. Once each century, however, the spirit of 'each was to leave its lifeless tenement and find residence in another terrestrial body, and upon meeting, recognition would follow, and a deep trance. While the mystic is explaining the story the two awake, and recognise each other as lovers. A tine foil to this mystery tale is the Keystone comedy ' His Xew Profession,' a, farcical subject which should add to the already great reputation of these producers. The war pictures this week are contained in the ' Gaumout Graphic,' and include views of Russian prisoners being taken to Konigsberg, refugees leaving Belgium. and ths Canadian troops greeting the King on Salisbury Plains. The theatre is open day and night.

FUIJdTIS- PIUTURE.S. Tho navr programme ecreened at the King's 'llieatie to-day at 1.30 p.m. is both surest and interesting. Heading tho list is the K.B. drama entitled 'Th© Spark Eternal,' .-.bowing the ennobling- influence of a good woman's love. ' Double (Jlcofeed ' .is a .scnsauoiral and thrilling- ISdison drama-, full of erciting and -well-acted situations. The clever acting 1 of a wtv child, ''Little 'Misoh-iof," is depicted on tho screen with delightful results. Two laughable comedies—" He Woke Up in Tinio' and 'Such a. Mesa'—will provide the lighter side of the prograjnme. The latest Pathe War Gazette ia full of excellent war incidents, ami a film of more than ordinary interest is entitled 'lit the Hande of the Kindly Dutch,' showing tho in tor nod Naval Brigade at Groningen taking their morning inarch niwier guard.

ItAYWAPuDS" PICTURES. To-night, at the Octagoa Theatre, Bnic« M'Bae, the distinguished dramatic actor, will be seen in a. story of love and politics entitled ' The Ring and the Ala,n,' l>v C'ynia Townsenil Brady. The commanding personality of Mr M'Rae fit* him particularly for the rolo of Gonoley. The story is said to be very fascinating. The scene where Gormley, "The Dean," defeats the vi'-'buß ling forces, and finally wins his elertion arid his bride, is drainatiri'.lly portrayed. The chief picture is supporud by a- rim* m of tiinifi, including 'The Island of Madeira' (scenic) and.

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AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15703, 18 January 1915

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AMUSEMENTS Issue 15703, 18 January 1915

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