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The Big Parade (1925)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  1926 (Austria)
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The idle son of a rich businessman joins the army when the U.S.A. enters World War One. He is sent to France, where he becomes friends with two working-class soldiers. He also falls in love... See full summary »

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Melisande (as Renee Adoree)
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Storyline

The idle son of a rich businessman joins the army when the U.S.A. enters World War One. He is sent to France, where he becomes friends with two working-class soldiers. He also falls in love with a Frenchwoman, but has to leave her to move to the frontline. Written by Philip Apps <apps@math.wisc.edu>

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The epic of the American doughboy! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Country:

Release Date:

1926 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Die Parade des Todes  »

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Budget:

$245,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| | (1988 TCM print) | (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

| (music and sound effects) (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(with tinted sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Four years after making "The Big Parade," King Vidor re-staged one of its most famous scenes --Jimmy going off to battle and leaving Melisande behind-- in Show People (1928), a comedy starring Marion Davies as an actress trying to become a Hollywood star. In "Show People" Davies and William Haines played the parts originally played in "The Big Parade" by 'Renee Adoree' and 'John Gilbert'. See more »

Goofs

When Jim is getting dressed in the hayloft for his date, Slim jokingly refers to him as "Mr. Hemingway". When the film was being made in 1924-25 Ernest Hemingway was becoming famous, but in the movie's time frame of 1917, he was still unknown. See more »

Quotes

James Apperson: [to Melisande, who speaks French] French is Greek to me.
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Crazy Credits

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer gratefully acknowledges the splendid co-operation of the Second Division, United States Army and Air Service Units, Kelly Field. See more »

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Featured in Hollywood: Hollywood Goes to War (1980) See more »

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Dissapointing
25 August 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I didn't really see how great this movie was. I love silent film, and

I'm pretty familiar with King Vidor's work (The Crowd is one of my

favorite movies) so understandably, I was looking forward very

much to see this. When I finally did, though, I just wasn't

impressed. John Gilbert and Rene Adore both gave very good

performances, but the story didn't make my care about either of

them, or any of the other characters, that much. Set in 1917 but

filmed in 1925, neither Vidor nor anybody else in connection with

the project seems to have made any effort to reconstruct the period

it is set in. Everything, the clothes and the cars, are current with

the year it was made in. Granted, this happens a lot in movies, but

a film like Wings made up for these sorts of anachronisms. That's

not my biggest complaint, but I think I'm justified in saying that. All

in all, it was a decent effort, but could have been better.


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