The Big Parade Overview:

The Big Parade (1925) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by King Vidor and George W. Hill and produced by King Vidor and Irving Thalberg.

The Big Parade was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1992.

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On DVD: MGM's The Big Parade of Comedy (1964)

By KC on Apr 23, 2018 From Classic Movies

I suspect MGM’s Big Parade of Comedy (1964) isn’t a very good movie, but it caught me in the right mood, so I ended up enjoying this compilation film more than it probably deserved. It’s light and silly, though it sometimes has a questionable interpretation of comedy, most likely d... Read full article


O Grande Desfile / The Big Parade (1925)

By L? on May 15, 2015 From Critica Retro

O Grande Desfile / The Big Parade (1925) O ano era 2011. O oitavo epis?dio da quarta temporada de The Big Bang Theory, “The 21-Second Excitation”, trazia nossos nerds favoritos, encabe?ados pelo grande, poderoso e incr?vel Sheldon, em uma ida ao cinema para ver a vers?o restaurada... Read full article


O Grande Desfile / The Big Parade (1925)

By L? on May 15, 2015 From Critica Retro

O Grande Desfile / The Big Parade (1925) O ano era 2011. O oitavo epis?dio da quarta temporada de The Big Bang Theory, “The 21-Second Excitation”, trazia nossos nerds favoritos, encabe?ados pelo grande, poderoso e incr?vel Sheldon, em uma ida ao cinema para ver a vers?o restaurada... Read full article


THE BIG PARADE On Blu-ray

By Dan Day Jr. on Oct 7, 2013 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

One of the most highly anticipated home video releases of 2013 is THE BIG PARADE, the 1925 MGM silent classic directed by King Vidor. THE BIG PARADE was the first cinematic epic with a World War I storyline. The film's overwhelming success set the stage for other major productions with a Great War... Read full article


THE BIG PARADE On Blu-ray

By Dan Day Jr. on Oct 7, 2013 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

One of the most highly anticipated home video releases of 2013 is THE BIG PARADE, the 1925 MGM silent classic directed by King Vidor. THE BIG PARADE was the first cinematic epic with a World War I storyline. The film's overwhelming success set the stage for other major productions with a Great War... Read full article


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James Apperson: Orders! Orders! Who the hell is fighting this war - men or orders?


James Apperson: [after Slim is killed] They got him! They got him! God damn their souls!


James Apperson: Waiting! Orders! Mud! Blood! Stinking stiffs! What the hell do we get out of this war anyway!


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Facts about

Four years after making "The Big Parade," King Vidor restaged one of its most famous scenes - Jimmy going off to battle and leaving Melisande behind - in Show People, 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 'Renee Adoree' and 'John Gilbert'.
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."
Is the highest grossing silent film of all time, making $22 million during its worldwide release
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The Big Parade

Released 1925
Inducted 1992
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