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The Big Parade

  • Film

Time Out says

Time has not dealt altogether kindly with Vidor's silent blockbuster which, like All Quiet on the Western Front five years later, made both art and box-office out of the disillusionments of WWI. Too much of it is plain embarrassing: the buddy humour which scriptwriter Laurence Stallings carries over from What Price Glory?; the snatches of all-American whimsy (French girl introduced to the mysteries of chewing gum; the sentimentality of the hero's return minus a leg but plus superimpositions showing his mother remembering him as a child falling and grazing his knee). Yet even if it romanticises the true horrors beyond all recognition, there is undeniable power in Vidor's vision of a doughboy's episodic odyssey through the vast landscape of war. One is never left in any doubt that he was, even then, a major talent.
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Release Details

  • Duration:12 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:King Vidor
  • Screenwriter:Harry Behn, Laurence Stallings
  • Cast:
    • John Gilbert
    • Renée Adorée
    • Hobart Bosworth
    • Claire McDowell
    • Claire Adams
    • Robert Ober
    • Tom O'Brien
    • Karl Dane
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