The Big Parade (1925)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  1926 (Austria)
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A young American soldier witnesses the horrors of the Great War.


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Complete credited cast:
Melisande (as Renee Adoree)
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Robert Ober ...
Tom O'Brien ...
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French Mother


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 <>

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The epic of the American doughboy! See more »


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Release Date:

1926 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Die Parade des Todes  »

Box Office


$245,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


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

Sound Mix:

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


(with tinted sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


The three future recruits live in New York City (one works construction on a skyscraper, another works a bar in the Bowery), but during the recruitment parade, there are shots of wide avenues lined with low buildings and palm trees - clearly shots of 1920s Los Angeles. See more »


James Apperson: [after Slim is killed] They got him! They got him! God damn their souls!
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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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A great silent classic
16 November 1999 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Even though I have already heard a great deal about this film, I was surprised to see the strength of the movie. It holds up very well, and it´s not very dated, except for some short comic scenes where John Gilbert is with his friends.

There are several great and memorable moments, especially the one in which Gilbert and Reneé Adoreé are separated and the end of the movie, which is still very powerfull. An almost perfect film.

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