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As Joe Lee of the press department of the Rialto Theatre puts it-“The bloody struggle of the masses against social injustice, hunger, starvation and the right to live,” is portrayed in a special compilation of official motion picture records of fourteen foreign governments called. “The World in Revolt,” which opens an engagement at the Rialto starting today. From advance reports I am led to believe that the film is stark and brutal stuff. Don’t take the children. As a matter of fact, they will not be admitted to the Rialto during the run of the picture.

Emil Lengyel, Hungarian author, wrote the narrative for this warning that the people of the world are not satisfied to starve politely while politicians quarrel about who should have the lion’s share of the world’s wealth. Graham McNamee of radio fame is responsible for the off-stage voice that tells you what is happening.

After its Broadway run “The World in Revolt” will be taken to the Century of Progress, in Chicago. It will not be shown in New York again until 1935.

SHOW BOAT ON HUDSON

A boat ride from West Forty-second street to the tip of the Island of Manhattan and a musical comedy played aboard ship is the offering made by the Hudson River Day Line, and all for $1.65. When you reach the Show Boat, cutely called the Buccaneer, you will find rather good entertainment in the persons of Lester Allen, Donald Burr, Peggy Hoover and others. You may dance to the tunes of a good orchestra on the way up and back. It all makes for a cheap and enjoyable evening.

MEN IN WHITE, FILM AND PLAY

Today at the Capitol Theatre the screen version of Sidney Kingsley’s prize winning play, “Men in White,” will begin its run. Clark Gable, Myrna Loy and Elizabeth Allen play leading roles. Despite this picturization the play “Men in White” will continue at the Broadhurst Theatre as if nothing had happened. To my knowledge this is the first time that both versions of a production were kept going at the same time since the days of “Journey’s End.”

Screen rights were sold to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer last Fall, when it was stipulated that the picture would not be brought into New York until after June 1. When the contract was signed it was believed that the plan’s run would be over, but it is doing better now that it did three months ago and there seems little likelihood that it will be withdrawn until well into the summer.

Although the screening of “Men in White” is having its premier today in New York, the picture has been shown in various parts of the country with gratifying success to the exhibitors. I hope in the near future to tell you more about it in these columns.

ANTI-WAR PICTURE

Edwin Carewe’s propaganda picture, “Are We Civilized?”, which is said to be a plea for international peace, freedom and religious tolerance, will have its premier next Wednesday at the Rivoli Theatre. William Farnum, favorite of silent days, is the star. He is supported by Anita Louise and a large cast.

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