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There is no doubt in my mind that if there had been an Academy Awards Association in 1925 when the WWI silent movie The Big Parade was made that either the movie or John Gilbert would have received some kind of nomination or award. John Gilbert over time seems to have gotten a bad rap when films went from Silent to Talkies. After watching his talent in the Greta Garbo 1933 talkie Queen Christina I am baffled by the derisive comments about him that have been written throughout the years. I think with a newer generation seeing The Big Parade through fresh eyes his talents will gain a new appreciation.

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