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Director:
Writers:
Laurence Stallings (story)
Harry Behn (scenario)
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Release Date:
1926 (Austria) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
King Vidor's PICTURIZATION of LAURENCE STALLINGS' GREAT STORY See more »
Plot:
A young American soldier witnesses the horrors of the Great War. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins See more »
User Reviews:
A Blockbuster Classic from the Silent Era See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Gilbert ... James Apperson

Renée Adorée ... Melisande (as Renee Adoree)

Hobart Bosworth ... Mr. Apperson

Claire McDowell ... Mrs. Apperson

Claire Adams ... Justyn Reed

Robert Ober ... Harry
Tom O'Brien ... Bull

Karl Dane ... Slim
Rosita Marstini ... French Mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

George Beranger ... Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Crocker ... Doughboy (uncredited)
Julanne Johnston ... Justine Devereux (uncredited)

Kathleen Key ... Miss Apperson (uncredited)

Dan Mason ... Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited)

Carl 'Major' Roup ... Doughboy (uncredited)
Carl Voss ... Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
King Vidor 
George W. Hill (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Laurence Stallings (story)

Harry Behn (scenario)

Joseph Farnham (titles) (as Joseph W. Farnham)

Laurence Stallings  screenplay (uncredited)
King Vidor  uncredited

Produced by
Kevin Brownlow .... producer (1988 Turner print)
David Gill .... producer (1988 Turner print)
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
King Vidor .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
William Axt (musical score by)
Carl Davis (1988 score)
David Mendoza (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
John Arnold (photography)
Charles Van Enger (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Hugh Wynn (film editor)
 
Casting by
Robert McIntyre (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Ethel P. Chaffin (wardrobe designed by)
Robert Florey (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Liz Sutherland .... production manager: video presentation (1988 Turner print)
Dave Friedman .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Howard .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
James Basevi .... settings
Cedric Gibbons .... settings
Robert Florey .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Max Fabian .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Allen Pomeroy .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Carl Barlow .... electrician (uncredited)
Ruth Harriet Louise .... still photographer (uncredited)
Hendrik Sartov .... additional photographer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Roger Holmes .... videotape editor (1988 Turner print)
 
Music Department
Richard Bradford .... music recordist (1988 Turner print)
Carl Davis .... music composed and conducted by (1988 Turner print)
Mike Fairbairn .... dubbing assistant (1988 Turner print)
José-Luis Garcia .... orchestra leader (1988 Turner print)
Colin Matthews .... orchestrator (1988 Turner print)
David Matthews .... orchestrator (1988 Turner print)
Oscar Radin .... orchestra under the direction of
Maurice Baron .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Frances Hewson .... production assistant (1988 Turner print)
Carl Voss .... military advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production Companies
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) (presents) (controlled by Loew's Incorporated) (King Vidor's Production) (A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Picture)
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
140 min (original: 24 fps) | USA:130 min (re-release: 24.4 fps) | UK:128 min (1988 TCM print) | 151 min (TCM print)
Country:
Color:
Black and White (with tinted sequences)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Silent | Mono (music and sound effects) (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Portugal:17 (short version) | Spain:13 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Officially, MGM stated that studio electrician Carl Barlow had died during production when he slipped and fell off a platform. However, what actually happened was that a shelf collapsed above him and he was crushed to death by lighting equipment.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Early in the movie, we see James Apperson announce that he has enlisted. His father, who had been sternly lecturing him moments before, comes up and congratulates him. Suddenly, the father now has a lit cigar in his mouth, with a long ash, indicating he's been smoking it for at least a while. But all the time prior, we saw no sign that the father had a lit cigar anywhere on him or near him.See more »
Quotes:
Doughboys:[singing] We drown the fleas In our Bee Vee Dees, We're in the army now!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Metaphor (1980)See more »

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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A Blockbuster Classic from the Silent Era, 10 June 2003
Author: gbheron from Washington, DC

King Vidor's "The Big Parade" is the biggest blockbuster from the silent era, and, I am told, the movie gold standard to which all others were compared well into the 1930s. ("The Big Parade" was released in 1925).

The story focuses on three American doughboys, fighting in Europe during WWI. Two are working class; a tobacco spitting riveter, Slim, a barkeep, Bull, and a ne'er-do-well son of wealth, Jim, who was shamed into enlisting by his family. These three go through the hardships of military training together, bond, and become fast friends. Their friendships deepen after they are shipped to France where Jim falls in love with a French farm girl. This comprises the first half of the 2 ½ hour movie. The second half of the movie is the gritty reality of trench warfare.

Some say that this is one of the first big-budget anti-war movies. I don't quite agree. The movie shows the human cost of war without condemning it outright. Remember that WWI was 'the war to end all wars', and in 1925 this was still a possibility. But "The Big Parade" does take an unflinching look at the affect of war on both combatants and non-combatants.

The performances and direction are excellent and silent or not, this is a movie well worth seeing.

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