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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Quotes from

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


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


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


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Facts about

The unit portrayed is the 42d Infantry Division (Rainbow Division) as determined by the three color (red-yellow-blue) rainbow patch (long version) worn on the upper left sleeve of the uniform. Casualties were so high that post-war the patch was cut in half and worn on the forward half of the sleeve instead of centered because "we left half our rainbow in France." During the transport scene the tailgates of the trucks are all painted with "42" and then the truck number. The credits thank the 2d Division (Indianhead) so painting the "4" prior to the pre-existing "2" may have facilitated that. The 42d Division was later a New York Army National Guard unit and you could find units in Syracuse, Geneva, etc.
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'.
Studio electrician Carl Barlow died during production when he slipped and fell off a platform.
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The Big Parade

Released 1925
Inducted 1992
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