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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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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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King Vidor's PICTURIZATION of LAURENCE STALLINGS' GREAT STORY See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

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Release Date:

1926 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Die Parade des Todes  »

Box Office

Budget:

$245,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| | (1988 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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This is believed to be the first film in which the word "damn" is used by a character (albeit on a title card). 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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Referenced in The Metaphor (1980) See more »

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a classic film set to beautiful music
15 April 2001 | by (Poughkeepsie, NY) – See all my reviews

I recently saw this film with the orchestral accompaniment composed and conducted by Andrew Davis (I think that was his name). Silent movie purists may disagree, but I thought the accompaniment was beautiful and greatly added to my appreciation of the film. There are many moments when the music perfectly matches the mood of the film. For instance, as Melisande and Jim are searching for each other right before the troops are sent away to the front the military style parade theme (brass and drums, very upbeat) is contrasted with the wailing violins playing the love theme beautifully and desperately. The themes struggle back and forth, at times drowning each other out until finally Jim and Melisande are united and the love theme breaks out triumphant.


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