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- Three New; Productions.
The Efïtee film, "High Stakes," now being produced in Melbourne by Mr. F"W. Thring, is almost complete. ' 'This will be the first Australian picture with Mr. Frank Harvey in the cast; though Mr. Harvey has already been seen in several English productions-notably "Up for the Derby," at presei at the May- fair Theatre. The other actors in "High Stakes" Include George Wallace (principal comedian in "His Royal Highn -" and "Har- mony Row"), Noel Boyd, Harold B. Meade, Campbell Copelin, and Marshall Crosby. Originally, the film was have been called "A Ticket in Tatt's " As this name sug- gests, ¡t is a racing story. Mr. Thring has decided to make a special feature of the Melbourne Cup meeting at Flemington. Several thousand feet of film were made during this meeting, and a selection from these will be joined up with a special series of racing trial films obtained at Sandown Park.
Mr. Harvey has now been cast for a lead- ing role in William Hatfield's "Sheepmates." Others appearing in the picture Include Claude Flemming, Victor Fitzherbert. and Henry Wen man. Some of the outdoor scenes in "Sheep mates" have already been filmed, and the incidents in which Mr. Wenman appears are now being photographed, as this actor, who was seen on the Sydney stage in "Waltzes from Vienna" and "Music i" the Air," must leave for London shortly. The majority of the indoor scenes have been postponed until January, when structural alteiations now being carried out at the Wattle Path Studio, St. Kilda, will have been completed
Since he returned to Melbourne Mr Claude Hemming has been busy assembling the film, "Dear Old London," which he made duiing his recent visit to England Dialogue is being added, and the film will be released in its finished state in Melbourne at Chilstmas, on the same programme ¿s "High Stakes."