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‘Rex the Wonder Horse’ double feature

The classic animal movie series continues Sunday at the Town Hall Theatre with two equine adventures starring Rex the Wonder Horse.

In “Wild Beauty,” (1927), Rex plays an untamed horse used by the villains (humans, of course) to foil a high-stakes derby, with unexpected results. In “The Devil Horse,” (1926), Rex aids pioneers on the Great Plains in battling a tribe of Native Americans.

Live music accompaniment will be performed by Jeff Rapsis, one of the nation’s leading silent film accompanists.

This film series, highlighting the animal stars that helped establish the popularity of motion pictures, will run through August. A total of 13 silent feature films with animals of all types in the lead roles will be screened.

“These animal pictures were hugely popular during the silent era, and it’s easy to see why,” said Dennis Markaverich, owner/operator at the Town Hall Theatre. “They’re full of action and adventure, and it’s going to be a real thrill to see them back on the big screen this summer.”

Rex the Wonder Horse (also known as “King of the Horses” during his long career) was a 16 hands (64 inches tall at the withers) Morgan stallion who starred in films and film serials in the 1920s and ’30s.

His trainer was Jack “Swede” Lindell, who found him at a boys’ school in Golden, Colo. He discovered that Rex had the unusual behavior of trying to bite a whip when it was cracked. Lindell encouraged this and would often stand behind the camera to get a dramatic shot on film. Lindell never left Rex alone on set unless he was locked in his own trailer.

All shows, screened at 4:30 p.m., will be free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $5 per person to help defray expenses.

For more information, call 654-3456 or visit www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com.

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