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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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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 »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Release Date:

1926 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Die Parade des Todes  »

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Budget:

$245,000 (estimated)
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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

The movie was a huge hit. When MGM discovered that a clause in director King Vidor's contract entitled him to 20% of the net profits, studio lawyers called a meeting with him. At the meeting, MGM accountants played up the costs of the picture while downgrading the studio forecast of its potential success. Vidor was persuaded to sell his stake in the film for a small sum. The film ran for 96 weeks at the Astor Theater and grossed $5 million (approximately $50 million in 2003 dollars) domestically by 1930, making it the most profitable release in MGM history at that point. Said Vidor, "I thus spared myself from becoming a millionaire instead of a struggling young director trying to do something interesting and better with a camera." See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Bull: [Having - along with Slim - broken into the wine cellar under the farmhouse, where together they imbibe lots of wine] Can you imagine? Some guys was saps enough to join the Navy!
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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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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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