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Sessue Hayakawa Appears In Person At Capitol Theater Has Elaborate Act, "The Bandit Prince"; 'Tail-locked" Is Featured Picture, The program nt, the Capitol Theater for this week wlir'provc of unusual interest to not only the regular theuter-Koer but nlso to those in Hartford who Attend the various places of amusement only at, infrequent intervals. There la some tiling of an International flavor to the entire bill. Tor the first half of the week the headline .attraction will be the personal appearance of the world famous motion picture star. Sessue Hayakawa, in an elaborate act entitled "The Bimdll Prince." Hayakawa comes from an ancient Samurai fnmily In .Japan and his portrayal of Oriental roles on llic American screen 1 probably without equal. He Is the author an well as the principal player In the net which will be presented hero thtR week. For the last. half of the week Ned Wayburn, creator ot "fnhumerable revues, pageants, new dances and a developer of soni; of the most prominent stars in the theatrical world today, will have one of his delightfully colorful and tuneful productions at the Capitol, Mr. Wnyburn has turned his attention to vaudeville and Is producing for the Kelth-Albee and Orphcum circuits. The title of the act is "Ned Way burn's Variety Show" and it wlli provide a whole evening's entertainment in the grand manner of the 95. an rflvues. Thi.s offering will strike a new note in the music hall and augment the production possibilities or vaudeville. The show is divided Into three sections opening with a "Cameo Heme," then going Into musical comedy and closing with a circus. The motion picture for the fir: half of the week which will be shown for the first time this evening is none other than "Padlocked" which is looked upon by those Intimately connected with the business and also by competent critics as one of the most remarkable pictures of the yenr both from the standpoint of the story and the excellent enst which was selected to set It. When such noted playcm as Lois Moran, generally conceded to be the greatest ilnd In the motion picture business in the past flvo years, Louise Dresser and Nosh Beery, ore found to be the principals in the cast, there can be but Httle doubt of what a master stroke this picture- really Is. taken from any angle one might wish to view It. Realistically picturing the clash between the old and the new generation. "Padlocked," Allan Dwnn's latest Paramount production, captures Its audiences with the vitality and dramatic vigor of Its story, the charm nnd human appeal of Its characters, and the glamor and luxury of Its atmosphere and background.. The picture, aside from its excellent entertainment qualities, is a moving and powerful plea, for tolerance ana sympathetic understanding on thn part of the older folk in their relation to modern youth. Headers of the "Cosmopolitan Magazine" will recall the story by Rex Beach which appeared serially some months ago. It is a story of what is happening today In thousands of homes where parent. and children look at life from different points of view. Edith Gilbert is a shining example of the modern, freedom-loving Amcri-rnn girl, who resents her narrow-minded father's efforts to "padlock" her soul, stifle her ambitions nnd repress her innocent pleasures. When his intolerance finally leads to her mother's accidental death, the girl runs away from home to becomn a cabaret. dancer m New York. Her exciting adventures midst the gay night life of Broadway and the millionaire society atmosphere of Lonj: Island is vividly and brilliantly portrayed. The manner In which the elder Gilbert Is brought to a startling realization of his Injustice to hU daughter, their subsequent reunion and the girl's romance with a young scion of wealth bring the picture to a stirring climax and a happy ending. Lois Moran. who Jumped into the limelight in "Stella Dallas" gives a. memorable performance as the modern daughter; Noah. Beery handles the exiting role of the bigoted father In hta usually deft fashion: and Louise Dresser adds to her laurels with her effective delineation of a woman with a past. "The Bandit Prince" is Hayakawa' first vaudeville act In this country and he is meeting with solid support both from the movie and the two-a-day fans wherever the piece Is shown. The little play Is dramatized from Mr. Hayakawa s novel and deals with the clash of East and West in Paris when the old regime in China Is opposed by the vounc reformers of the new republic. It is an exciting, cosmopolitan story moving with Dreamless speca 10 great Issue. Hayakawa is a suave, menacing and inscrutable Oriental of extreme physical attractiveness who. while mysterious and dangerous. Is always heart-winning ' and emotionally dominant. There is a fascination about Hayakawa that comes from the most 'eastern East. He seems a reincarnation of the polished warrior-statesmen of the heroic days. The supporting acts for the first half of the week arc all or an especially fine type. Prank Richardson, who calls himself "The Joy Boy of Songs." Is a singing comedian of a really different tvne. He has an Individuality about him that Is indeed remarkable and his work stamps him as one or the oest performers In his class. Vic and Peggy BLnns will present "A Transcontinental Dance Travesty." It is a little tcrpsl- chorean satire on the tour Idea, a prci.-tlly presented, cleverly executed series of numbers that will have something In its make-up that will oppeat tn everyone. There Is probably a greater variety of steps Introduced In this sketch than In any other act now' touring the circuit. The scenic devices In this production are most attractive. Edith and Violet Walsh are harmony I
Clipped from Hartford Courant, 12 Sep 1926, Sun, Page 50
12 Sep 1926, Sun • Page 50
12 Sep 1926, Sun • Page 50