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`BIG PARADE' NEXT WEEKEND AT ORGAN LOFT

One of the biggest movie stars of the silent era, John Gilbert, heads the cast of King Vidor's classic "The Big Parade" (1925), which will be the final "Utah Connections" centennial presentation of the Organ Loft's current season. It will be shown Thursday and Friday, May 9 and 10, with live musical accompaniment by Blaine Gale on the Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ.

Gilbert, who was born in Logan, became the highest paid actor of his day when he began earning $250,000 per film. And after the death of Rudolph Valentino in 1926, Gilbert was the most popular romantic star on the screen, especially when he was paired with Greta Garbo."The Big Parade" is widely considered the best film to be made about World War I, telling its story through the eyes of a naive young soldier (Gilbert) who enlists, suffers the horrifying realities of war and becomes disillusioned. It earned $15 million worldwide, the biggest moneymaker ever during the silent era.

"The Big Parade" will play at 7:30 each evening. The Organ Loft is located at 3331 Edison St. (east of State Street, just south of 3300 South). Admission is $5. For reservations, phone 485-9265.