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Tin: miooKLYN duly imciji yohk. Monday, dixumueu i. 1027. Reviewing the New Films Theater News Current Music Books 10 A mMX SIMllVT MVHATT1. "The The Cinema Circuit Music of the Day imooKiiv.
I I IV. i CLARA BOW AT R0ONEY AMI rMlVT MARTIN D1CKSTEIN: "Helen of Troy" Reveals a Few Satirical Momenta in Thiit Lady's Private Life "The Gorilla" at Brooklyn Strand Lon Chaney at Capitol. CtX YOU HAN tMUJ-a i ilp II MAY thai Uie pioduiTrs of tlir ntv film at Die Giobe Themer hsve dfled lar more deeply into tlie private life of Helen of Troy Uiau ha imam Mr. Ers-kine rcir. furely, Ui moving picture record of Ue lov of tl.st once famou -Spartan beauty contains many tliintu mhich h.d never been brought to light in.
ay. the novel that as knon as 'The P-va'e Ute of Helen of Troy Nor. on the other hand, does tlie motion picture version contain much ti.at a.s to be read in Mr. tisku.rs book As a matter of fact, one w'll be, tt.hr.y doitirbrd to learn that the movie ol I tie private Lite 01 Helen ci oy" arrives at its concluMon at approximately tliat Juncture of its Helenic1 slventurrs ahcre the bok baan. Wtm THE LAST EETOI WALTZ GATES Vaudevi le 'iMIUinr The LAST WALTZ btaBTDJl Tk LAST waltz DAIAfF THE LAST WALTZ PREMIER! THE LAST ViUADD WALTZ VAUDEVILLE (ALPINE.
7th HEAVEN ft I I "VI I CaJt Coaatry jDIJUU if fcOBOPK) 7th HEAVEN tetoBT. The LAST WALTZ IVt IkKt THE CAT and the WAY CANARY virylifj COLMAN BANKY VJTSlT IX In "The Marie tim" uiyrai MARION DAV1ES INAMLU la "Tha r.ir Ctv-rtd" lUAUAn C0LMAN 4 BANKY MANUlt la "The Vlittlr ItMrHJfrt MARION DAVIES WtXRWilri la "Th. K.lr fa-Ed" The Private l.lfr mt llrlrn of A -f th av 1. i rrt lnl NhIlhihI In die ifl Aitnjr tiik if VI. uti.
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Gorilla to Type JAMES Isn't over yet to bed, if our memory doesn't fail us. SATURDAY: To Llggetts for a Bromo (see Friday) to the Park Central for a plunge (same reason) to Central Park for a canter to Bar-bet ta's on 46th for Chicory Salad to Nick's for refreshment to the- Triangle Playhouse for a round of the Triangle Players and all right too to the Bamboo Forest for pineapple and shrimp and a poetry discussion with Mildred who knows too much about the subject and to Child's for coffee. SUNDAY: To Douglaston for dinner to the Plaza for tea they're still running Lenox Avenue Specials there from the Bronnix to Reubens for a sandwich and home for a radio treat the Collier hour. HELEN OF TROV. The premiere at the Globe the usual mob of celebrity spotters in the lobby a scarcity of flashlights Maria Corda the star In an orangy evening frock looking blonder than any blonde we've ever seen John Erskine the author in the box seat in front of ours getting as big a kick as the rest of us Jesse Lasky enjoying the titles to beat all Harry even it it is a First National Picture.
"It's all right," John Erskine told us enthusiastically when we asked him how he liked his story in flicker form and we agreed heartily. The titles are the funniest the most spontaneous and the mast side-splitting we've tver been privileged to roar at which we did for example "The human knee used to be a joint, but now it'3 an entertainment" Another "Mairiage Is giving up the attentions of a dozen men lor the inattentions of one" and there are fifty more as good but Martin Dickstein will tell you about 'em more than likely Few Celebs in the audience which after all is our department STORY. As we left the lo Theater last night we were accosted by a well lighted inebriate, who grabbed our lapel a little uncertainly as we staggered into our mi' st. "Shay," he hiccuped, "Where's my naif "Your hat?" we retorted; "why, it's on your head "Never mind then." he said with a sigh of relief; "I I'll find it." And he wiggled gaily into the night! CHINESE WISE CRACK. "Art hungry? Talk less; stir the pot.
Mere conversation bolls the tiffin not" ADVENTI RES FOR EPICURES. DARUMA: Japanese, and genuwine at that! Further, you can watch your dinner being prepared right at your table. Specialty: Beef tenderloin sukiyaki itl.OO). chicken sukayakl tl.25). Clientele: People who will try anything once, and who havp found Daruma Interesting enough to come back to again and again.
Address: 781 6th ave. (Up flight.) Chaplin's "Circut" Coming Charlie Chaplin's "The Circus" will come to the Mark Strand Theater. New York, on January 7. Instead of January 14, as was originally announced. The same day it will have Its European premiere at the Salle Maravaux, Paris.
The first week of March "The Circus" will be seen by Londoners for the first time, at the New Gallery Klnrma. The national release date on "The Circus" is January 21. 1928. Preierving Symmetry Mary Eaton, star of "The Five o'clock Girl," will give a lesson, for the benefit of the girls In the rhorus, on the stage of the 44lh St. Theater before the matinee next Wednesday, demonstrating her method of "practicing" toe dancing, which is guaran teed not to Impair the shapeliness of the dancer legs.
Miss Eaton Invites any aspiring ballet dancers to attend NKVTii.r KVftnvncmT In WrxoHyn IfraUl Iba UaMlOtd All fr CUSH1NC Concern and Recitals in of Times Square Jagel with anas from 'La Giacnnda" and Le RotdYt" and Mu Lrrch and Miss Mario in enseniole. Armand Tokatyan. tenor, made his first ap-peavranre this mson, disclorung a voice that has not deteriorated since he was last heard on the Metropolitan stage. Mines. Stueckgsld.
Da-lossy. Telva and Falco and Messrs Basiola. Cehanorskv and Wolfe were other artists contributing their services. Mr. Bamboscliek conducted.
Other Muic. Yesterday afternoon at the Enbl-neertng Auditorium. Adam Kuryllo gave a violin recital, accompanied by Miss Helen Chase. He opened his program with an arrangement by himself ot Pindaro's "Hymn to Apollo" and a Sonata in flat by Mozart, followed it with the Bruch Concerto in Minor and concluded with a diversified group. Mr.
Kuryllo plays well, with a nicely resonant quality of tone and a good sense of style. Another of the matinee recital IsU was Miss Lillian Magnuson, who entertained an audience at the Guild Theater with piano music. A Bach- Busonl Chorale, a Scarlatti sonata, two numbers by Brahms. Chopin's flat Minor Sonata and a group devoted to Palragren and Liszt composed her slated offerings. In the Chopin Miss Magnuson achieved no more than a rough sketch of ius subtle and significant utterances.
Technically proficient. It was in in terpretation that she tailed to give a satisfactory or coherent reading. The Vertchamp String Quartet at the John Golden Theater gave an enjoyable program: a Quartet in flat bv Mozart, Dvorak's Quartet in Major and a piece by Ernest Bloch entitled "In the Mountains." Thi playing of this organization is marked by its appreciative sense of revealed in each of these different works in their turn. The players have unity of purpose and conception; their tone quality in ensemble is well proportioned: they phrase intelligently and perform with a spirit that speaks for their stuay of and comprehensive acquaintance with the music which they elect to play. a In the evening our attention was drawn to a pair of baritones.
At the Gallo Theater. Walter Leary presented a conventional program, beginning with an Invocation by Perl and an aria from Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro" and continuing with lieder by Brahms and Strauss. French songs by Lully. Moreau and Poldowski. and songs in English by Hageman.
Wood-side and Homer. His group of lieder was expressively done, well contrasted moods successfully caught and conveyed to his hearers. He vas accompanied by Emil Polak. The recital of Beniamino Ricclo at the Bijou Theater was quite unconventional in its construction, and perhaps, for that reason, of more interest. It was devoted entirely to the Russian composers, among whom ere found the familiar names of Rachmaninoff.
Gliere, Gretchaninow, Mous-sorgskv, KarganofT. Rubinstein, Tsch-aikowsky and Borodine. Mr. Ricclo is that type of recitalist who augments his interpretations with dramatic mannerisms and a vocal style that we are accustomed to hearing on the operatic stage. There were in abundance sobs, sighs and emotional breaks of tone not -without descriptive effects but indulged in too frequently.
Mr. Riccio's voice is of good quality, his musical instincts are excellent. Mme. Nina Massell (nee Dimitrieffi accompanied, and a young American pianist. Miss Helen Schaf- meister, was the assistant artist in a erouD of solos, also by Russian com posers, that proved in keeping with the rest of the program.
E. S. tain full motion picture rights, dra matic rights and the like. Ethel Pettit's first novel, "Move Over," a satire of America's wealthy upper classes, has sold through foul editions and the fifth is on its way. the publishers announce.
The author has joined her nusbana, Arthur Somers Roche, at their Palm Beach villa, where she is finishing her dramatization of "Move Over." which has already been accepted by Edgar Selwyn, New York producer. JO ANSON. Championship Fight On ABC Tonight The world's light heavyweight championship boxing contest between Tommy Loughran, the present title-holder and jimmy Slattery, the challenger, scheduled to go 15 rounds In the New Madison Square Garden, will be broadcast over A commencing at 9 o'clock tonight. Two welterweights, Clyde huh ana Farmer Joe Cooper, are scheduled to go 10 rounds in the semi-final bout of the evening, which also will be heard from A C. An official boxing commission announcer will describe the bouts, while H.
P. Sampson ot A will give between rounds descriptions ol activi ties at the arena. It Is not expected that the main event will begin much before 9: JO or 9:45 o'clock, although A will go on the air from the Garden at precisely 9 o'clock. Arthur Hammersteln has acquired production rights to a new play, entitled "Frankie and Johnnie." based on the famous American folk song and written by Joseph Swerling. The author submitted a scenario and a finished first act to the producer of Rose Marie and Oolden Dawn, Mr.
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France Alda in a son recital at Car- ific Hall yesterday afternoon. The aftav may be described as a success. There are those who regard Mme. Alda adventures In Hi opera with some reluctance-just why. it is hardly our business at the moment to report.
It Is only nec-estary to comment that in the concert hall her advantage, both of personality and mustctu equipment, is great, and that one heard her yesterday with the greatest of pleasure, wondering the while why it is that Mme. Aida does not more frequently essay to entertain along these lines, the song exacts less than the aria; the frame is small of her and her guts appear to better advantage within It. tone has excellent interpretative sense; her diction is pertect in an languages; she can design a worthy and unharkned program. Yesterday it embraced airs by Haendel and Bishop, lieder by Blech and Wolf, a Rachmaninoff song, French numbers by Hue, Chausson and Leormand, songs from the singers native Australia and by her accompanist, Mrs. La Forge.
Of necessity, we could not tarry long with Mme. Alda. much as we should have enjoyed so doing. There were nine other concerts on the cal endar for the afternoon, and of these a number demanded attention. One could not quite overlook the English Singers, offering a program of motets.
madrigals and carols, in the Town Hall. Their performance seemed once again Inimitably artful, a rare recreation of an antique and charming mode. The audience in the Town Hall was large and clamored wilfully for more than the program promised them. The Singers were generous and dispensed encores plentifully. At the Metropolitan Opera House Mr.
Mengelberg conducted a matinee of the Philharmonic Orchestra. In a Beethovian mood he offered the third "Leonora" Overture, the Second and the Fifth Symphonies. Whatever lapses we have recently leit called upon to deploie in Mr. MengeiDergs behavior, it would be impossible to deny that yesterday he was in fine fettle. His robust and athletic style fits him as an interpreter of Beetho ven, in hose music, as Romaine Rol- land remarked, the out-of-doors is always present.
Mr. Mengelberg is securely at home with the vigors of the Fifth Symphony; he demands, and gets, of it a pulsing, dramatic performance, making no errors of taste, since the music offers small opportunity for such slips. It is music that plants its elbows on the table and east with both hands tragic, grandiose, yes. but spiritually rough-hewn. The audience was sizable and enthusiastic.
In the evening an interesting program of songs was sung by Lucilla de Vescovi, at the John Golden Theater. Miss de Vescovi achieves at her recitals an atmosphere of smart modernity; she has a gift for selecting unusual and provocative music. It is a pity therefore that she lacks the essential gifts of a singer voice and interpretative instinct. Perhaps she makes up for these deficiencies in the novelty of what she has to offer and the manner in which it is offered. She was accompanied last evening bv Wilfred Pellitier.
and had as assisting artist Aida Grassell, pianist. The concert at the Opera House was a benefit for the Brooklyn Children's cma Air cmn Association. A num- ber of Mr. Gattt-Casazza's young I American singers participated: Mr. Winter Day.
GRAY misty world ol snow Where fluttering to and fro The clear )rost-petali IW Under a leaden tky Into your mists I seem to pass Through, the protecting glass, And seem myself a snowlake, hurled By wild winds up and down the world-Asking of this short hour Nothing except to feel that power Which sustains snowlakes till in the end they must Fall down to dust, Having swept half the heavens: I ask no more: Others have asked a greater gift rwfnre. And yet. for all their pleading, rest not now Gem-like on any winter-sacred bough. Arthur Uaviaon FUk In tht Saturday llavlcw of Literature. He wrote many, many books about lads who started from the bottom and rose to success and fame.
He wai read In the farmhuouse, poorhouse, schoolhouse and his volumes sold in the millions, we can saieiy say. He wrote truly of Success and How to Attain It and now we are told that Horatio Alger Jr. was himself always a failure. Verily, a failure! Herbert R. Mayes is writing his biography and in a few months it is to be published oy ruacy-juasius.
Alger: A portrait in ramos, is uic title. onlv one chaDter remains to be added." the publishers wrote, "to the book. The author has written to about 200 captains of Industry and men successlul today in meir varijuj trades and professions, asking them whether they read tne boons nora-1 tlo Alger wrote when they were young, and whether they consider that these books spurred them on ts success. From the replies, he is now writing a chapter which snouia give considerable amusement to the reader." The largest prize ever offered for a purely literary work, I25.0O0 In cash, goes to Katharine Holland Brown of Qulncy. Illinois, for her novel, 'The Father." The sponsors of the contest, the Woman's Home Companion and the John Day Company, offer two awards.
t25.000 for the best novel submitted by a man and an equal sum for the best novel submitted by a woman, but as no novel entered by a man was considered worthy of receiving the prize. Miss Brown is the sole winner in the competition. The 125,000 award covers first serial rights and American and Canadian book royalties under $5,000 only. In addition to the cash prize Miss Brown will receive royalties on American and Canadian book lights in excess of the 5,000 advance guftuive. ana ww Writing of Reading 1 kiOROSCO I.t 1 KATHARINE CORNELL la TEE LETTEX u' "THf nT HIT." mf, MARY EATON OSCAR SHAW in THE 5 O'CLOCK GIRL Prr Hrttoa.
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I JO THE TRIAL OF MARY DUGAN lib ANN IIAKUIM! KKX III LKtt UA.1 Which is to say that the jirtuie at ie Globe ends when Menelaos bin.ps Helen back to Sparta, its final cpixxie hantinit upon the assumption tiiat the heroine of the tal? is again about to go the way of all flesh o.i tiie persuasive aim of the Pnnci Thai a Thus is the suspicion strenqthened tl.al its movie sponsors have not don? en'ircly rmlit by Prof. Erskine novel That is not to say. of course, thai th photoplay, as It stands, 1 not or.en an altogether delichtful adven-lure in satire. If the novel failed 'j mention that Sparta was such an up-and-coming metropolis that traffic cops were necessary at its busier f.reet crossniEs. or that one of the main reasons for the Trojan war was because the cloak-and-suit merchant! of Troy were stealing the trade ot Spartan ladies, the film version somehow incorporates these Items withotr.
laying itself open to vicious criticism And if the motion picture deigns noi to include the story of Helen's daughter at all. or to pursue the philosophical peregrinations of Eteoneus. th" aeed gate-keeper, or to reproduce the series of sudden deaths which occurred in the last chapters of the novel, these thins, too. must passed by with. a shrug of the critical shoulder.
What the pi -hire at the Globe doe3 reveal is a sort of pictonalized paps-lcv-mama narrative in the appropriate toggery of the ancient Greeks. This. Inttrspersed with frequent captions of modem wlse-erarkery. succeeds in producing a droll if not quite brilliant effect. Representing as It does the screen's first real attempt at satire, it must be said in all fairness that The Private Life of Helen of Trov" comes as a refreshing relief from the silent drama's more familiar and less engacing studies of the triangular problem In modern clothes The role of Helen is capably handled bv the beautiful and blond Hungarian actress.
Maria Corda. wh3 is a newcomer to the domestic screen. Incidentally, it was her husband. Alexander Korda. who directed the film and directed it rather well.
too. Lewis Stone, sui'bly divested of his moustache, makes an agreeable and occasionally amusing Menelaos. while Georie Fawcett, looking strangely out of place in a generous Greek toga, plavs the abbreviated part of Eteoneus. the old gate keeper. Ricardo Cor-tez Is Paris, a role that would anpear to be slightly beyond the reach of this too self-concerned actor.
Add to this account that "Helen of Trov" has been most beautifully mounted and that the running fire of subtitles, while often analogous, are nevertheless amusing, and you can hut deduce that the film version of the Erskine novel should offer you a rather pleasant 00 minutes of your time. Its very brevity, at the same time. Is something yon should be cautioned against. Should the picture ever begin of an evening at (as advertised i. yrm would find yourself out on Broadway again at 10.
And what is a person to do with himself alone the rialto at that hour? Go to another movie? Brooklyn Strand. srriwn THFt.iTi'.n- "Thf i Nntionul picture bA'-il tii plrfv I'v Kaii'h penc; tliieclft! Ii Alfred TUB CAST: r.tr tv rtiu'llr- Murray r'rfil KH. Ahi i. utfnil Aili Iitv am Tinfn.l Tilltv ft hi Tr.wni.enil illlliPKW'iilr iiitirri Wrtller I'ultrtn Huston HeiM.rler nrnnk R-'netli. f.ttk AtfKi Herrin BuUer sti I do not remember If the program at the Brooklyn Strand this week rautioned the reviewer not to reveal the solution of the mystery which enshrouds "The Gorilla." but even If It did not it would still, I think, be in the interests of prospective Strand-roers not to disclose the outcome of Mr.
Spcnce's play. Not even those who have seen "The Gorilla" on the stage may be certain as to the trend of Its sinister events on the screen, for. it is said, a number of changes have been made In the film version. As It Is exhibited at the Strand, however. "The Gorilla" Is a now highly exciting, now uproariously funny plcture-plnv.
In the roles of Mulligan nnd Garnty, those blundering sleuths who seem hardly to know the differ ence between a clue and a pair of legulation handcuffs, the screen ver- non discloses Charlie Murray and Fred Kelsey. Thse two. of course. provide much of thi merriment which vas Intended. I presume, to relieve I the tenser moments ot the picture.
That they have succeeded In a considerable measure in this department may be attested to anv afternoon or evening by the roars of unrestrained mirth whlcli resound In the playhouse on Fulton st. "The as mystery melodrama and occasionally as farce coin- Cheese Club Civet Benefit For Two Invalided P. A benefit midnight projection of "The Private Life of Helen of Troy" will be given at the Globe Theater on Saturday night through the courtesy of thr First National, whlrh has donated theater and film to the Broadway heese Club. Besides the picture Fdd'e C-vntor Henrv Hershfield. Mil! Cross.
Jack Pearl. Jack Osterman and other stars of the legitimate stage and the screen will stase a big comedy nvy. The press agents are behind affair and the enterteinment will be on a lavish scale. The receipts will he turned over as a Christina present to two famous and popular -jubllcity men who have long been invalided and are unable to practice heir profession. Ticket! are on sale the Globe box ornca, and at the of P.
Muller. 220 West 42d t. Alreadv enough celcbrltiis have hmicht tickets to guarantee a distinguished audience. Clara Bow't ewe ft mining of "Red Hair." Claifc Bow's PaKinio'int picture, bcan tort et i. Hollywood stiirlicf Lane Chandler plays "opposite ihrlflapper tar In this story by ElirnJ Glyn.
iclira Todd has the lngcie role. Reverting By RIAN INCONSISTENT HARRY. r-iir Public mil Prfss: luttl vtmit to tell ynu (hut 1 thnnk nil nil frurn the hottum tif my heart fnt your kinil tretinient of my ftrit Hurt. Nrfiill-se to nay that am th-kletl In tli'itth anil an are alt ol my Kane. l.lKhttier.
Frank l-'ay, Bfrt l.ahr. tinr entire rant anil RttrRenua rln Join nia in wiahinf uu a happy liil, You no itonht know by thit tfma that our muaicttl revue I an eatart-lielieit hit at lir. tinulierl'a Theater on V. 14th at. 'iiuinitinK ynu aeain, Sim erelv.
IIAHKV nttuiAn Evidently, from his LAST paragraph, Harry thinks the "treatment" he mentions In his first paragraph, was the "absent" variety. Anyway, don't mention it. TYPE SHOTS. DACA bookseller of Washington Squa.e ex-cowboy dcep-vorced singer of spirituals and cowboy chanties composer extraordinary Bonelli of the Chicago Opera to sing some of Daca's compositions at his next concei pianist bibliophile and dreamy eyed rhirographer. Celebrities from the nation over come to Daca's and write their names in pencil on i great white pin? door and he reads their signatures UMiing them with startling accuracy exactly what's what.
See that door Senators Governors Mayors and movie actors have scrawled their names on it and number Greenwich Village Deca among their prized acquaintances. Mild-mannered, deep-voiced long-haired urcamy-eyed Daca composer player philosopher and filend will welcome you to 4th and Washington Square south. WEEK OF A NEW YORKER. MONDAY: Up eventually and to the Bristol for a Blue Plate luncn 10 p-y see Mr. Schul- 1 tes new beauty parlor to kid the reindeer in Boro Hall to the Constantino 1 (Turkish) Restaurant for Dolma which means stuffed vegetables to the premiere of "Out of the Sea" by Don Marquis at the Eltinge and to the Parody Club.
TUESDAY: To see the new Ford which is still a Ford to the Elysee for filet of sole to the Ferargil Galleries 57th for an eyeful of Jacob Epstein's rough and ready sculpture to Nick's for 4 p.m. inspiration to Leoni's for dinner and a look at Ses-sue Hayakawa to the premiere of Brass Buttons at the Bijou which Is a sour story about a sweet cop phooey to the County Fair for Vermont fiddling and Yankee flap-doodle well! WEDNESDAY: For a bus ride to Daruma for Japanese lunch to the Waldorf show-house for more of Will Ma-honey In "Take the Air" to Perroni's for an appetizer to the Bike thing at the Garden for excitement and had it to Texas Gulnan'a because we think she has the peppiest place In town and to bed because we couldn keep our eyes open any longer THURSDAY: To the Office and to lunch with Harry Madden at the Bossert to see Eugene O'Neill at the Theater Guild Theater to the Professional Women's League Bazaar at the McAlpin to the Henry Street Settle ment Restauran: for swell ehirken and waffles to the E. F. Albee dinner to Cad- man. Krass, Manning, ct al reason Tolerance to Nick's to try and overcome the speeches to the Cafe Royal on 2d Avenue for an evening with the long-haired ones and to bed in desperation.
FRIDAY: To borrow a dictionary the Montague Stieet Public Library to interview Elinor Glyn. the big companionate and "It" lcfv from the west to Huvler's for a malted to the Orlfton for a table d'hote to the premiere of Helen of Troy at the Globe whteh neat to the Greenwich Village Ball at Webster Hall which was neater aud which probably 77777 rdy. should provide you an hour's satisfactory entertainment. Preceding the main film attraction is a finely staged atmospheric prologue, so called, presumably, because it bears a not undtseemible relationship to the theme of the movie itself. Easily the most pretentious of Mr.
Hyman's stage incidents is "The Jazz Carnival." a presentation which endeavors to be Just what its title Implies. In this number, which, incidentally, has been staged in an uncommonly attractive manner by Managing Director Hyman. may be seen Kimm and Ross, Carlo and Norman, Bob Stickney. Charles Jolley, Restivo and, to mention not the least eniov-able of them all, the Mark Strand Dancing Girls. Still another staye offering at the Strand this week is "Souvenir," a charming vehicle for three violinists who appear to have their hearts and their strings in their work.
The overture, for those moviegoers who are interested is selections from Rossini's "William Tell." At the Capitol. THKATItl'. '-Lontlrm A Tier it- r.ht." proilm. fun written unil tlirfrT'! l.y Tod lltown-ins; slurring l.nn I'hnnnv, run cast. Tn rhHPi.v I in ll! Sir Jul Hutltr -ltutr Bnlft.tir lei Hninlin ellni Henrv II.
Wnltlmil IVr.v William I'ttnrm! Niu-fl I'tillv Momn Ktl'H Tii llllilift iltlimin The Stranner Lon Chaney continues his spell weaving at the Capitol Theater this week In "London After Midnight," a melodrama of such eerie prospect! as vampires who assume the form of winged rodents, corpses arisen from the grave, haunted houses and a master mind from Scotland Yard. Those who have a weakness for this sort of thing will probably find It amply stimulating, while those who prefer a milder form of entertainment are warned that "London After Midnight" possesses few mitigating qualities. Capitollans will find here the strange and dreadful revelations of a murder case whose victim seemingly came to his end by his own hand, but who actually was killed by but that would be telling the story. It remains, five years after the commission of the crime, for the Scotland Varder Burke 'and aren't they all of that same Gaelic cognomen! to ferret out the murderer by means of reproducing the scene of the crime and then hypnotising the suspect into re-enacting his homicidal performance. As mystery photodramas go (and this would appear to be the open season for opera of the sort) "London After Midnight" manages to arhicve its purpose of spine-chilling.
The suspense has been admirably maintained to the last and the dependable Mr. Chaney obligingly applies a figurative bit of ice to the vertebrae by walking in and out of scenes In properly horrifying makeup. The director. Tod Browning, has not been quite as successful in mounting the picture to the best atmospheric advantage, which is to say that he hasn't obtained the Intensely weird effect which was present in "The Cat and the Canary." for example. However, the story here is sufficiently absorbing to offset whatever weakness may be found in its staging.
Conrad Nagel. Henrv B. Walthall and Marcellne Day adequately portray the supporting characters. It is pleasant to report also that there Is none of the usual s'upid comedy relief in "London After Midnight" to mar its sinister and creepv scheme. That ought to make It the outstanding mystery film of the year.
Prominent on the stage program at the Capiol this week is a lavishly conceived revue called "Bagdad." which combines such entertaining features as the Silvertown Quartette. Teddv Joyce, the Six Capitol Steppers and the Chester Hale Girls. Another presentation offers a tabloid impression of "Samson and Delilah." Introducing Madame Elsa Stralia. Australian soprano. "Jedermann" Stayt "Jedermaim," the Hofmannsthal version of "Everyman." has duplicated the success of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The public demand to witness this Reinhardt production at the Century has greatly exceeded the number of performances which had been allocated to it In the repertory, so Gilbert Miller induced Prof.
Reinhardt to postpone his production of "Servant of Two Masters" and to continue "Jedermann" at the Century throughout all of this week. On Monday evening. Dec. 19. Reinhardt will make the third production of his New York season with "Dan-ton's the sensational and spectacular drama of the French Revolution by Georg Buchner.
Paul Hart-mann will be seen as Danton. Dix Finiihe Picture Filming of Richard Dlx's next Paramount picture, soon to be seen In New York, was completed at the Hoi-Ivwood studios Saturday, with Dix doing the last sequence, playing golf In a rain storm This ptrturc. originally called "The Traveling Salesman," is now titled "Rport'ng Gocs Gertrude Olmsted plays the lending feminine role. Malcolm Bt. Clair kt the director.
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