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The BUSKER

GREASE-PAINT PATTER BURNT- CORK CHRONICLES j

CuUen-Morey mill next Thursday.

Segary's Beauty Bio.' Competition 'will j

shortly commence.

The 'Silhouette Dance" screened at |

"West's Pictures is O.T.

"The Adventurers" screened at the

Empire Pictures (Town Hall) is a thrilling episode.

The orchestra at the Shaftesbury I Picture Gardens is sentenced to six | months' harmony. \ - .

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There is a more than powerful health lesson in "The Ked Cross Seal," the

an ti-consumption subject at Kine's j

Pictures.

Try not to miss " Poor 'Wandering One," by Miss (why not Signorina ?) Car&ndini at Olympia.

"The Old Clown's Story" delivered by |

Cuthbert Bose of the Frolics is maud-

lin ' turgidity. Also it is G. B. Sims in j his most bathotic mood and hair-re- [

storer rhymes.

Every time Comedian Cuthbert Bose warbles a "curate study" he precedes it with an apology to the " "Buster Column." Why no apology to tile

curate ? ¡

: Mercurial Max linder, the clever French b'o.-author-actor who " can't

play out of Paris," is this weak show- ing in an unusually naughty picture at the Empiré (Town Hall).

The only flaw in the singing of | basso-baritone M'Gowan at the Fro

lies is a tendency to a love-lisp prp",' bably owing to a tooth frartiire.,'lilis

shouldn<i be hard to remedy, as next,' -door the^ is^rJIang^andiy;! ^.:^ .' .-:-j¡

Management of the Frolics'announce;! that each-night there is always some:; thing new, the only items repeated toe-1

ing "by: request." -Evidently . thar*! daily advertisement is' "by request,"

as it has never varied; since its . first : appearance in the "Slavey's Pen'orth." j

.' . Some evilly-disposed poltroons . are

«arcailating the- slander that the ad- mission to the Shaftesbury Picture. Gardens" includes a long beer and a' «hew of cdp^+eef-and-bread. This is= to certify, "however, that the hop-;

jnieery next' door has, no . more çdnnèr.-!' Hem. witfc the PjeUire Gardens ' than, j

Justiceship. . ' '". :.;."'' .

Westralian admirers "of ;the Boys of the Boodle Breed cheer and whistle when at Vic's Pictures is screened a

^toure^ .pf thev^ni^. States -.sabma- ; rinST Salmon. ' 'It is OT one thousand ; six hundred horse-power, is the largest; in the world and travels on.the sur- face 16 knots per hour, while attaining 13 under the waves^-or dead calm. The sight is awe-inspirjng,-;and; illustrates fully the dangers of jthose-who gp"! down to the mud in ..submarines, -and having their living in compressed air.

Barring the orchestra, which, on ac- count of first-night nervousness and a threat of lion Curtis' dead, marines, .was decidedly rococo, the show given at the new Shaftesbury Gardens was very little behind suv bother local mo- tion-picture, entertainment. The. films are from the best American and Con- tinental makers, while the seating and seeing accommodation is splendid. Ow- ing to the projecting machine being placed a good piece lower than the horizontal line striking back from the centre of the screen, the focus cannot be perfect, but as this defect is to be remedied before Monday night things should work smoothly at the gorgeous] Stirling-James-street home of bio.

D: West's Pictures are showing an ex-

clusive film at Melrose Gardens in which the late King Edward is seen in a pheasant shoot, the genial smile and general bonhomie of .the burly monarch accounting for the universal enthusi- asm with which Kin? Ned was receiv- ed when he went amongst his people.

The writer has absolutely no time for the lickspittle sycophants who take off their hats to monarchy even when only represented by a penny stamp,

but the now-deceased Edward had a i breezy, winning way with him which i was simply irresistible. In every pic-

ture screened of the late King he was rarely anything but a good-natured, stately old monarch who loved life as most ordinary men,, and took a full share of its beatific benefits.

A tremendous lot of medicine and other quack remedies would be hurled down steep drains if the sufferers and their friends could only view "The Bed Cross Seal," an anti-consumption film now being screened at the Picture Gar- dens at the corner of "William-street and the Esplanade. It is a powerful lesson in general cleanliness and house- hold hygiene, and tells with tremendous force a story that could not otherwise be conveyed. The slum tenement wherein a consumptive youth lies coughing ont his life, the foul yards, the closely-bagged windows -which shut out God's glorious air and stew the invalid in the steam and reek of the laundry bedroom, are all depicted with appalling realism in "The Red Cross Seat" The gruesomeness is muchly re- lieved by the tender and touching les- son of love that runs through the.woof of squalid tragedy like a dainty blue thread. This picture deserves to be screened in every child's school in the State-and in the domiciles of a vast lot of grown-ups.

Taking a tip from this column, Messrs. Rose and . Lawrence, of the Branscombe's Frolics, Olympia, have eliminated a lot of the . English-village jokes and wheezes, the alteration ber- ing- a vast improvement. Wheezes on tabby-cat curates of the milk-and-soda breed are no doubt to the order of the English provincial audiences, and also to the assisted immigrants waiting in Perth for grass-growing jobs at Cow up, but the curate joke isn't one that can burst buttons oS the reach-me

downs of visiting jarran-jerkers or

ll unter's Corner suns. The Westralian, curate is usually a beefy, perspiring person who pets around on a bike with the coUection-pannikin carrying the anti-friction grease, and the gos- pel havbanded on to the handle-bar. In place of delivering tea-and-muffin homilies to chawbacons, he is inva- riably reproaching Cottes loafers for piebald plunging, or announcing from a " tin-doer tabernacle at Bullfinch that two-up is an abomination in the eyes of police and "Providence.

Peggy Pryde comes to W.A.

Buckjurnper Lance Skuthorpe is

resting .over East.

The "best people" are habitual pa- trons ;o£ the Frolics.

There is a "Mr. Peggy Pryde," on whom P-F. is alleged to try all her

pattef before barking it at the audi

Peggy Pryde's mother was Jennie

Hill. "The Vital Spark." The latter j was a mercurial comedienne who was I as much above what Peggy is now as ' Fred BHkett is above Danny Durant

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Phil Qftatcher get« thrown at him. I by the lintern Press.some large lumps of con^atutafory confetti for his

splendidfscenic work in 'The Belles of , Brittany;" .£

In a recent 'issue : we erroneously j

wrote "Saunders" instead of "Law- rence" in referring to the clever piano

monologist at the Frolics. Mr. Saun- j

ders (whoever he is) is hereby apolo- gised to.

Bose, and Lawrence, of the Frolics, deserve a lot of thanks for giving us something to laugh at apart from the

ancient wheezes anent the irate mo-

ther-in-law and the episode oí the bather ? who has his clothes stolen -when' ; young lady acquaintances are

handy.

The "Gawmont Graphic" this week shows at Melrose Gardens glimpses of the hare-brained German. Emperor, the ! ?ÍAll-British, Aviation Meeting at Salis- bury Plain," and the "Great Fire at

?Williams' Priiitery, Liverpool." The latter is a particularly splendid piece of work, and well earnsd the applause which greeted it.

?ri Loud and lone is the supplication of -Professor Dease, of King's Pictures, for the continuance of close sultry even- ings. Manager Clark, of Melrose. Gar- dens, can move into Queen's Hall, but when the heavens weep into the bio. gardens behind Jerry Holmes* boodle vaults not even the peanut stall or the German Club skittle alley can give dry sanctuary to the King's audience and .its dearest donah.

Cleopatra and Bonita, who have de-  

lighted Palace Gardens audiences with their crocodile-shooting turn, go home with Neave's Buckjumpers to the Great White City show in London. Old Cleo   patra-Bonita, the ancient pot who made soft, lisping speeches during the shooting-cum-serpent act, got himself

married recently, and was in conse- quence deserted by his two daughters. The mildewed geezer, seeing his easy boodle fleeing from him, endeavored to stop the slopers and squelch the agreement, but both the snake-char- mer and the sharpshooter told their progenitor with the dyed thatch to go to sulphur and lit out for England, home, and boodle!

Answer to "Prompter": In this paper's opinion Fred Bluett and Ted Kal man aren't in the same class. F.B. is a magnetic comedian with a splen- did voice and a splendid reserve of his- trionic power. In "Mooch About" Blu- ett couldn't be beaten even by Tom Dawson, whose special line is to portray such characters as the cadging dead- beat. Kaiman is clever up to a cer- tain point, but he spoils himself by

reiterated grimaces, and the dreadfully !

fréquent habit of appealing to "gurls" in the audience. Likewise his patter is mostly about illicit underclothing and

illegal breaths, and is dependent too j much on the lodger-landlady wheeze, j Fred Bluett is equally at . home in such j

songs as "Do Re Me" and the ditty

where he goats-with a schoolboy's hoop j while chewing stickjaw and emitting j

gurgling remarks that waft us hack to

the days when we tied dogs to the bell- j rope "and locked the teacher in the j

lavatory.

! Sydney "Evening- News" hands out a

lot of praise to Bert Finlay, one time chief operator in this State to West's Pictures:-That Australian cinemato- graphic enterprise is as up to date as in. any other part of the world has been demonstrated repeatedly by the

[ many; really first-class films that have

been made in Australia of various sub- jects of interest. Australian drama is contained in the bush, and there have been of lite a number^of very success tal attempts to give the amusement loving pu alie something of the bush to remind them that stirring incident and adventure do not belong to America and Europe exclusively, but that in : Mmes gone by there was plenty to set

the heart beating and nerves tingling under the Southern Cross. So the bushrangers' wild rides came to be re- vived by the camera men, and to-day we have a series of capital picture

stories of their deeds.

"At the King's Theatre a number of ladies and gentlemen met at the in- vitation of Messrs." Cricks and "Finlay to see a trial run of a new Australian picture play, which was based on the adventures of Frank Gardiner, "King of the Road.' The picture was 3500ft long, and it took nearly three-quarters of an hour to get through. It was splendidly arranged. The part of Frank Gardiner was taken in the play by Mr. J. F. Gavin, and he proved an adept and thorough bushranger. His assist- ants were also of a high order. Frank Gardiner, or to give his real name, Frank Christie, was a Goulburn lad, early ac- cused of theft by his fallier, and or- dered to quit. Then he meets his future wife, and his bushranging career leads him into many tight holes. He gal- lantly saves his sweetheart from the sea, where she has been cast by her father, and finally ends up in gaol, where he has been sentenced to serve 32 years' hard labor. After 10 years,

however, he is released.

"In the picture there are 25 scenes well dramatised and well photograph- ed. There are unrehearsed incidents in it also. One is where the troopers rid- ing furiously after the bushrangers race through a ford in a river. One of thc horses comes down with his rider, who ls injured, while the animal sustained damaged knees. Again Gardiner fires a pistol point blank in a trooper's face, and the latter, of course, is burnt and blackened with the powder. Had there been a bullet in the weapon, he surely .would have been 'counted out'

'Frank Gardiner" was received with evident pleasure b.v those present and applause was frequent. Messrs. Cricks, i Finlay, and Gavin were congratulated

on their enterprise."

Thousands iii "West Australia will be glad to hear of the success of Cricks,

^ Finlay and. Gavin, especially Knlay.

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