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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:
The Superb John Gilbert See more (42 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 | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Four years after making this film, King Vidor re-staged one of its most famous scenes--Jimmy going off to battle and leaving Melisande behind--in Show People (1928), a comedy starring Marion Davies as an actress trying to become a Hollywood star. In "Show People" Davies and William Haines played the parts originally played in "The Big Parade" by Renée Adorée and John Gilbert.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: 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:
James Apperson:Orders! Orders! Who the hell is fighting this war - men or orders?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Hollywood: The Golden Years (1961) (TV)See more »

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35 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
The Superb John Gilbert, 3 November 2007
Author: drednm from United States

One of the great films of all time. John Gilbert stars as a callow lad from a wealthy family who joins up at the start of World War I. The film follows him through his early days in the army, his days in rural France, and then his time at the front, and finally his return home.

King Vidor directs this amazing film, one of the best war films ever made, with touches of humor and irony, but never losing sight of the horrors and stupidity of war.

John Gilbert would have won the Oscar for 1925 if the awards had started then. He's simply superb as Jack. You watch his eyes as this films goes on. In the beginning his eyes twinkle with glee and delight as he makes friends, finds love, and grows into manhood. Then his eyes change and go dead as he experiences war. This is one of the great silent film performances.

But the film also boasts great work from Renee Adoree as Melisande and Karl Dane as the Swede. Co-stars are Tom O'Brien as Bull, Hobart Bosworth and Claire McDowell as the parents.

The TCM copy I have has a incredible score by Carl Davis. There is one scene when Gilbert is off to the front and he can't find Adoree. The music is a discordant mishmash of previously heard tunes, and the music grows louder and louder until they find each other. The scene that follows is heartbreaking and unforgettable.

But this film is full of great scenes, including the one where Gilbert teaches Adoree to chew gum. So simple yet so charming. Then there's the shower scene where Gilbert has gotten a wine barrel (hilarious) so the guys can have a shower.

There is a great title card that reads simple: IT HAD BEGUN..... So few words and yet so full of meaning. The battle images are among the best and bring the full horror of war home. Vidor assembles amazing scenes of men marching in line to death, of men trapped in shell holes, of planes swooping over the bombed-out fields. This is an incredible movie.

TCM host Robert Osborne mentions that THE BIG PARADE played for an astounding 95 consecutive weeks in New York and that it rivalled THE BIRTH OF A NATION and GONE WITH THE WIND as the biggest money-making film of all time. This is the film that, along with THE MERRY WIDOW, made John Gilbert the king of Hollywood in 1925. And his crown was well deserved; he is magnificent.

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