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The Big Parade (1925)

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Original title: Big Parade, The



Budget $245,000

Running Time
2 hours, 21 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Studio MGM

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Other Titles
• The Big Parade (1925)
• Die Parade des Todes (1926)



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Genre: Romance, War, Drama, World War I

Tagline: King Vidor's PICTURIZATION of LAURENCE STALLINGS' GREAT STORY

Plot: King Vidor's harrowing WWI drama was the first realistic war film ever made, and for many years it would be the paradigm for the genre. It stars John Gilbert as Jim Apperson, a charming idler from a wealthy background. When war is declared in 1917, even the phlegmatic layabout is caught up in the public excitement and impulsively enlists in the army, surprising his stern father (Hobart Bosworth). After a whirlwind of basic training, he's off to France with fellow conscripts Bull (Tom O'Brien), a bartender, and Slim (Karl Dane), a riveter. While waiting to be sent to the front, the three kill time with horseplay and practical jokes. One of the jokes leads to a meeting with peasant girl Melisande (Renee Adoree), and she and Jim begin to see each other, but just as they've overcome the language barrier, he's called to the front. The nightmarish reality of trench warfare will permanently alter the young man's life. Adapted from the story WHAT PRICE GLORY by Laurence Stallings, the film that MGM feared would alienate audiences proved to be its most successful until the release of GONE WITH THE WIND. Apart from the scenes of low comedy, the film is as fresh as ever, and in sequences such as Jim's return home, it remains just as devastating as it must have been in 1925.

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 Directed by
King Vidor
The Fountainhead, War and Peace, The Crowd
 Written by
Harry Behn
Hell's Angels
Joseph Farnham
Greed, The Cameraman, The Big House
 Cast
John Gilbert
Queen Christina, The Hollywood Revue of 1929, He Who Gets Slapped
Hobart Bosworth
Lady for a Day, My Best Girl, The Crusades
Claire McDowell
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, The Mark of Zorro, The Big House
Claire Adams
The Penalty, The Combat, Just Tony
Tom O'Brien
Up and Going, Hell Bent for Frisco
Karl Dane
The Hollywood Revue of 1929, Show People, Free and Easy
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 Music By
William Axt
The Thin Man, Tarzan and His Mate, Dinner at Eight
Maurice Baron
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
David Mendoza
The Public Enemy, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ



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