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THE DEADHEAD'S DIARY, NZ Truth, Issue 929, 15 September 1923
THE DEADHEAD'S DIARY
Henry . Vibart* that xnellifluoustongued actor who was put in. Australia with H. B. Irving, has just comi pleted what must surely be a record. He passed his 10.000th stage appearance last month' when playing his original part in the revival- of "What livery Woman Knows." Of course, there are many other artists who have I done the same thing, but very few who hold as Mr. Vibart does the distinction of never through the whole : 37 years of his stage career having miss7 led either a performance or a rehearsaL : :, : s : : What is "The Dangerous Age?" When a man reaches the dangerous age, he begins to sharpen his skates and look for thin ice. No matter how slow he is at 39, at 40 he doesn't even stop at corners to toot his horn. Wives must remember that when their mUids are on moth balls, and spring cleaning, that their husbands are dreaming of spring poems and romance. "The Dangerpus. Age" }s the title of a First National special, dedicated to the husbands who think they are young and are really old; and to the wives who think they are old, but are as young as they Uke to make themselves. Every wife should see this picture with her husband. Greater "than "Over the Hill" is "The Old Neat,*' Rupert Hughes's story of home life. It will appeal to all who have had a mother, father, sister or brother — and most people have. It is real and touching, without an atom of false sentiment. Mary Alden, Cullen Landia. Helena Chadwicke and Edith Roberta, and a fine family of youngsters play the leading roles. ' , .. . ;■:■:' •■iy ■ :"s: .' ;: * ■ ' " The authorised biography of Charles Frohman, the American Napoleon of the stage who went down with the Lusltania when she was torpedoed by tho Germans in 1915, contains several complimentary references to . Dion Boficicault, the great actor wh.o is now appearing with the brilliant Irene Vanbrugh in "His House in Order" at the King's Theatre, Melbourne. Frohman had known Mr. Boucicault's father In N«w York and had also encountered the B.on, and with his customary genius* for remembering people when he wanted them for something f/u* which they were specially fitted, he* engaged Dion Boucicanlt as producer during 4 ooe of his most expensive seasons nt the Duke of York's Theatre, lionddji. At the time Dion Boucicault was the highestsalaried producer In the British metropolis, and everything ha asked for, however costly, he received. Frohman never grudged anything and the association between the two men was extremely happy, "■■■.'■'..' ft t% n Betty Compsoh's pext offering will be "The Whi^e Flower," a romance of the tropics. The ■whole of the picture was Aimed in Honolulu,' and there are some wonderful scenes of this exotic island, especially in the volcanic regions and the famous beach at Waikiki, whither the wealthy pleasureseekers of the world find respite from more strenuous amusements. .;; .'• ' i\ \ . .' .■ ::■. ■ ':: This now "Teas of the Storm Country" must riot bo thought of as a "reIssue"; or , a revival. It is a 100 per cent, new picture only recently completed by Miss Plckford at her Hollywood studio. It is much longer than the original picture and shows remarkable improvements in every way. The ,grea,t' advancements in photoplay production methods have enabled Miss Pickford to present a beautiful picture. :: !! '•> "It Is a beautiful picture," said Sir A. Conan Doyle of "Smilin 1 Through." This criticism is well-deserved for the fine architecture and scenic effects are predominant features of Norma Talniadge's brilliant and powerful production.- Its story of love and tragedy is played with strong appeal by Norma Talmadge, : Wyndham , Standing and Harrison Ford.' :: :: "E&at, woiit, home's best." is the themo of Bupert HUghes's latest scenario, "Tho Old Nest." A cross-sec-tion of home life is presented on the screen in detail, and contains all the variety of incidents that characterises tbo average family. Mary Alden plays the leading role. "Timothy's Quest" is the story of two children who decide to adopt a mother of their own choice, instead of being adopted. Their quest brought them to an old farmhouse, where an old lady was sitting by the window knitting. She proved, however, to be an embittered spinster, and grudgingly took them in. How the children effect a change In her outlook, ana many curious situations form the theme of this photoplay, written by Kate Douglas Wlggin, in her characteristic style. '•t : : ? : A study In contrasts Is tho theme of "Poor Men's Wives," an ambitious production, featuring Barbara ha. Marr. The story centres round two working girls, one marrying a poor man, and the other a wealthy aociety "catch." Each thinks Bhe will find happiness, but after marriage, each envies the advantages of the other. The varied experiences of married Ufa make good ■entertainment, and also serve a more useful purpose*. M j: :: A. pot-pourri of pep and romance is 'Tardori My French," a comedy-drama. Vivian Martin, as Polly, the French maid, Is hired to look after tho etiquette, as Mrs. Hawker terms it, of a newly rich family. How she lost I her accent and found a husband Is told In a series of comio situations. it it :: Back from successful seasons on the London and Paris stage, Miss Teddlo Qorard makes nor first appearance in the picturlsation of "Tho Cave GlrL" Mi oi. Uomn-il uttr>ictod International attention when she succeeded Gaby Deslys as tho dancing: partner of Harry PUcer in Paris. I •• »» if i* "The Foolish Age" is chlofly commendable because it is based upon a real idea — an Idea that admirably lends itself to tho host type of humor. Miss Doris May appears as tho debutante daughter ,pf a wealthy father who believes her husband should be wealthy liko himself. But the daughter has a mind of her own and seta about living hor life la hor own way. Sho ÜBGB an original method and many comic situations arise. :: :: : : Forty ferocious lions let loose on twenty-five thousand people la a unique spectacle, which has probably never been seen since It happened hundreds of years ago in Rome, by the Empress Theodora's order. Theodora stands out as a romantic, extravagant figure, who roso from a circus girl to beßmpresa of Rome through her marriago with the Emperor Justinian. Political intrigues made her unpopular, and twenty-five thousand rebels hurled lnvectivo at her, and as her answer Theodora, the most beautiful woman In tho world, turned loobo Into the arena tho horde of hungry lions that wore caged In the vaults of tho Hippodrome. History cannot produce a more thru* ling instance of imperial wickedness than this act of tho great EmP l " 6Bß^ and it was all to save her lover, t&e loader of the rebels. Motion Pfctyre history cannot produce a more thrilling and amazing spectacle than we groat Italian film version of Tneodora," :t :: •'» Even Bernard Shaw, the great cynic, admitted the importance of the modern flapper. In "Adara'B Rib," a special Pivrnmount offering, to be screened as a special King's Theatre attraction, tho flapper is taken as the subject for a treatise, and she is viewed from hor relative standing as a factor In tho destiny of modern man. "Adam's Rib" is a Cecil De Mllle offering, and the featured players arc Anna Q. Nilsson, Pauline Qaron, and Elliott Dexter.
One of the Interesting features of note among matters of entertainment In Wellington has been the reopening of the King's Theatre. After having undergone extensive alterations the theatre willrank as New Zealand's leading picture house. After a seleci tion from the world's most prominent picture markets it has ' been decided that the King's will in future screen Paramount specials. . ■ The following are the features that will be screened at the King's shortly: "The .Ne'er-do-well," from the story by Rex Beach, featuring Thomas Meighan; "When Knighthood was In Flower," Marion Davies; "Adam's Bib," a Cecil De Mille offering, with Anna Q. Nileson, Elliott Dexter, and Pauline Qaron; "Prodigal Daughters," ! from the story by Joseph Hocking, with Gloria Swanson. ? ;
THE DEADHEAD'S DIARY, NZ Truth, Issue 929, 15 September 1923
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