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Cinema Notes

(By "S******."*)

CURRENT ATTRACTIONS AT

HOBART THEATRES

THE STRAND.-James Kirkwood and Anna CL Nilsson In "The Top of tba World."

HIS MAJESTY'S.-Margaerlts do la Motte in "In Love With Love."

On Sunday night, at His Majesty's '"The Courageous Fool," a stirring drama {estar . ing the popular Heed Howes, will be screened, together with a Fox comedy. "Nobody Works But Father;" Mermaid comedy, "Thc Sticky-Beak," and gazettes.

On Sunday night, at the Strand: Theatre, a special request screening will bo given of the_ famous Paramount picture, "The Ten Commandments." The full and ori-

ginal musical accompaniment, which was a striking feature of the original presenta- tion, will beplayed by the Strand concert orchestra. Thia wiH be thc last opportun- ity for Hobart residents to see this cele- brated picture, as immediately on the completion of its screening the copy will leave Tasmania.

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With the forging of Percy Marmont to tho forefront of the screen's dramatic actors, it is interesting to recall that he made his first screen appearance in au .Australian-made picture. That waa "The Monk and the Woman," in which he play- ed the Monk, and the musical comedy favourite, Maudo Fane, played the Wo- man. Marmont is now completing a very forceful role as a fake cripple in thc Paramount production, "Thc Str-eetof'Foc gotten Men." in which he has the sup- port of such playera as Mary Brian and Neil Hamilton. Herbert Brennon ia pro-

ducing the picture. ^

Judging by tho attendances at the Strand Theatre yesterday, a lot of interest is being manifested in the brilliant Para- mount production of Ethel M. Dell's en- thralling romance of the African, veldt, "The Top of the World." It is a gripping story, and has for its chief players James Kirkwood and Anna Q. Nilsson. Another Paramount drama, "Salome of the Tene- ments," is included on the same .pro- gramme, which will be shown finally on Saturday night.

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In the current picture programme at His Majesty's Theatre, Marguerite de la Motte and Alan Forrest are featured in the amusing Fox comedy drama, "In Love With Love," which delightfully portrays tho adventures of a gay young lady and the numerous escapades her volatile nature leads her into. Hazel Dawn is tho "star" in "Devotion," a drama of many tenso moments with a climax that is distinctly surprising. The popular comedian, Larry Scmon, appears in "Lightning Love," n picture of hair-breadth thrills and unre- strained merriment. Miss Maggie Foster, who has been delighting audiences at His Majesty's with her violin selections, both classical and popular, since tho beginning of the week, is now playing an entirely

new programme.

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"The Swan," which has been described by tho American critics as one of the most successful plays of the year, has been brought to the screen by Paramount with Adolph Menjou, Francis Howard

and Ricardo Cor tez in the leading roles, "Tho Swan" is a satirical comedy deal- ing with tho fortunes of .a young woman who throws over royalty for the man of ber choice. Adolph Menjou, who has set something of a new standard among screen lovers, is said to do some of thc best work of his career.

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"On Thin Ice," a Warner Bros.' screen classic adapted from the story "The Dear Pretender," by Darryl Francis Zanuck, will be one of the attractions next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at His Majesty's, with cast including Tom Moore, Edith Roberts, William Russell and other well known players. This photoplay is a novel combination of fun, thrills and mys- tery, which commences when Rose Lore picks up a satchel containing a big sum in bank notes. She returns thc bag to the bank, but is arrested on a charge of theft. A gang of crooks ingratiate them- selves in her favour upon, her release with the idea of obtaining possession of the money which they had stolen, being un- aware of the fact that it had been re- turned. On the same programme will be shown "Tho Adventures of -Algy," Beaumont Smith's latest Auatratían::,pro duction, tho greater part of which.waa screened in New Zealand. Tho story maintains the high standard, recently set by Australian pictures, and has for its theme a legacy left to two Englishmen, involving a condition that it shall go to tho ono claiming the estate before the other. A race for New Zealand begins. Through tho pictures runs a deüghtful vein of tumour, which is enhanced by the ability of Claude Dampier and other artists. '

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In honour of the forthcoming visit to Hobart of the American û'/it, the Strand Theatre management 4as arranged for the presentation of Constance Talmadge's First National production, '"Learning to Love," which is considered the greatest picture ehe has.ever made, and the Ameri- can naval drama, "Head Winds," which has for its principal player the popular Australian Btar, House Peters. "Head Winds" is a stirring «tory of the high seas, and incidentally features a big portion of the American fleet which is now visiting Australian waters.

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The cast of tho William Fox production of "The Dancer," adapted from the stage play, is headed by George O'Brien. He is ably supported by Alma Rubens and Madge Bellamy, as Una Mayne, an Eng- lish girl to whom dancing is the elixir of life. Her dancing partner is Evan Carruthers, a young Londoner, and the two dance every night until the small hours. On the other side of tho world, in the Ar- gentine, the beautiful Maxine (played by Alma Rubens) is dancing thc tango in Tony's bar. Tony is a tall, well-built Englishman who has obviously seen bet- ter days.- Maxine loves him, but he mere- ly feels fond of her, clinging to his life- long dream of marrying una, whom he has loved since childhood. One day a telegram comes to say that Tony's brother has been küled_ in an accident, and he is now Lord Chivery and heir to millions. He wires Una to bo ready to marry him tm the day ho returns to London. All is ready for the wedding. Una meets Tony, but feeling that she cannot merit his wonderful love for her takes poison and dies in his arms. Tony is driven almost

to desperation by his anguish, but after 1 a time returns to the Argentine, where

he discovers his love for Maxine and the heartache of years is assuaged.

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The Paramount film, "Forbidden, Para dise," opens its Hobart season next Mon- day at the Strand Theatre. It is an amaz- ing love drama, and has Rod La Rooque for its young lover; brilliant Pola Negri as its central character; and snave, sin- ning, smiling Adolphe Menjou as tho vil- lain. It ha« been produced on ax ela- borate scale, and the story is set in a sea of emotion and a whirl of' intrigue. Mon- day's programme will also mark tho' re- turn to the screen of the popular actor, Theodore Roberts, and his famous cigar, surmorted by Viola Dana and Raymond Grifiiths. in the Paramount comedy-drama, "Forty Winks." an adaptation of the stage play, "Lord Chumley." A feature of" tho special musical setting for "Forbidden Paradise" will be the introduction by thc Strand concert orchestra for the first time of tho full musical score ot the celebrated musical comedy, "Wild Flower."

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"Checkers," which is described os one of the greatest race track plays ever writ- ten, his been brought to the screen by [William Fox under tho title of "Gold

Heel»," and '».ill bc shown at Hi» Ma- jesty's shortly. Robert Agnew has the leading role of "Checkers" Campbell, and Peggy Shaw plays opposite him. The story concerns a yaun}? jockey -who is rul- ed off tho track because he fails to "frame" a race. He becomes a grocer's clerk, and fall» in love -with "Pert" Bar- low, the grocer's daughter. Mr. Bar- low sells Checker an. unmanageable horse called Remorse for 30 dollars. The young man, knowinç horseflesh, sets about train- ing the beautiful but wild beast for a com- ing big race. There is a thrilling race in which Remorse wins by a nose.

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Director Wilton Welch reports that the film of "Jewelled Nights," the first Louise Lovely's production in Australia, is in its cutting stages, and will shortly be screened. Adapted from the novel of the eamo name by Miss Marie Bjelke Petersen, the Tasmanian authoress, this film is naturally of more than ordinary interest to Tasmanians. The principal scenes are bid in the osmiridium minuit? fields amona the unrivalled and rugged gorges on the West Coast of Tasmania. Süss Louise Lorery..wh<vportrayg the dual role of Elaine and Dick Fleetwood, ia sop porlad br so eomes/tiaaaHy streng; cast,

among whom aro Gordon Collingridge, Godfrey Cass, Arthur Styan, Grafton Wil- liams, Harry Halley, and Lucille de Bago. Wirth's Olympia, Melbourne, .was used as a studio, in which was built a church, true in every detail. This is tho biggest set ever built in Australia for motion pic- ture production. Tho setting for "The Storm,," which is one of the moat exciting sequences in the whole production, was built in its entirety at Wirth's. The genuino huts of the osmiridium diggers were faithfully reproduced, and hundreds of trees were planted to give the correct atmosphere. An aeroplane was procured to generate tho wind for the storm, and a series of fire hoses played oà to the scene to provide the Tain. Many of Mel- bourne' e most beautiful homes were need for the home and garden scenes. For the first time in Australasia two cameras were used right through' the production, and two negatives taken, one for the home market, and one for abroad. Tho photo- graphic arrangements aro in the hands of Tasman Higgins and Walter Sully.

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