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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:
The idle son of a rich businessman joins the army when the U.S.A. enters World War One. He is sent to France... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins See more »
NewsDesk:
(32 articles)
User Reviews:
Great, up to a point See more (39 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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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 | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
After director King Vidor complained to MGM production chief Irving Thalberg that he was tired of shooting pictures that played in theaters for just one week, he told Thalberg about a new kind of realistic war movie he had envisioned. Thalberg was enthusiastic about Vidor's vision, and tried to buy the rights to the hit Broadway play "What Price Glory?" co-written by Maxwell Anderson and World War I Marine veteran Laurence Stallings. Since the rights to the popular anti-war play had already been acquired, Thalberg hired Stallings to come to Hollywood and write a screenplay for the new, realistic war picture that Vidor had dreamed about making. Stallings came up with "The Big Parade", an anti-war story that dispensed with traditional concepts of heroism, focusing instead on a love story between a Yank soldier and a French girl. After Vidor completed principal photography (at a cost of $200,000, approximately $2.1 million in 2003 dollars), Thalberg took the rough cut and previewed it before live audiences in Colorado. The audiences responded favorably, and Thalberg decided to expand the scope of the picture, as Vidor had created a war picture without many scenes of war. He had Vidor restage the famous marching army column sequence with 3000 extras, 200 trucks and 100 airplanes. After Vidor moved on to another project, Thalberg had other battle scenes shot by director George W. Hill. The result was a major hit that proved to be MGM's most profitable silent picture.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:
James Apperson:[after Slim is killed] They got him! They got him! God damn their souls!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Metaphor (1980)See more »

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Great, up to a point, 1 June 2009
Author: marcslope from New York, NY

King Vidor's World War I drama, from a story by WWI vet and distinguished playwright Laurence Stallings, was made for only $250,000 and looks like a zillion, with huge battle sequences, an enormous cast, and expressive art direction. The extended battle is great, capturing the terrifying immediacy of war nearly as well as "All Quiet on the Western Front" (but the latter must be counted as the greater achievement, what with hauling all that primitive sound equipment around the set). John Gilbert is quite good here, with expressive but not overemoting eyes, and Renee Adoree is a spirited, pretty love interest. But Stallings--who wrote another terrific WWI story, "What Price Glory"--makes some simple mistakes that wouldn't have been difficult to repair. When we first meet Gilbert, he's a spoiled rich boy, uninterested in defending his country ("I already have enough of a war on my hands with Dad," goes a title card). He enlists solely to impress his uninteresting girlfriend. Then, in France, he forgets her instantly and falls in love with Adoree, despite his lack of French and her lack of English. I'm always annoyed at simple lust being passed off as The Real Thing in movies. Then, having created a love triangle, Stallings introduces a third-act resolution I won't spoil here, but is a mighty contrived way of clearing the path so that Gilbert can have his true love at fadeout. His two war buddies, The Regular Guy (Tom O'Brien) and The Lovable Gap-Toothed Idiot (Karl Dane), are so straitjacketed by their simple personas that they quickly wear out their welcome, and the comedy among these three brothers in battle (oddly, they practically never seem to interact with anyone else in their unit) is feeble. This was the most successful silent film to come out of Hollywood, and plenty of it is impressive, but it's encumbered by elementary screen writing mistakes.

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