#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – The idle son of a rich businessman joins the army when the U.S.A. enters World War One. He is sent to France, where he becomes friends with two working-class soldiers. He also falls in love with a Frenchwoman, but has to leave her to move to the frontline.
Plot: The story of an idle rich boy who joins the US Army’s Rainbow Division and is sent to France to fight in World War I, becomes friends with two working class men, experiences the horrors of trench warfare, and finds love with a French girl.
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The romantic war
This early MGM flick (one of its earliest and probably its first big success) achieves on many levels, despite being now 74 years old. It is funny, warm, touching and has some pretty good battle scenes once the boys leave the shelter of the French village and go to the front (most of pt.2 of the film). Leads pretty little Renee Adoree and the great John Gilbert (who has a passing resemblance to Valentino at times methinks) are excellent and they have a decent support cast alongside. The best scene of all undoubtedly comes at the end of pt.1, when Melissande frantically searches for her soldier lover as the wagons leave her village and is left as they drive away clutching his discarded shoe as if it is her baby. I don’t buy that these two could have a future though – he doesn’t understand French, she doesn’t understand English. Apart from that little quibble though, this is a fine piece of escapism as far as the romance goes and is still pretty effective in its depiction of the camaderie and ultimate futility of war.
THE Film About The Great War
In its second year of existence the newly formed studio of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayern had two big budget items either of which had they flopped would have proved the end for that studio combine. Fortunately for Leo the Lion, Ben-Hur and The Big Parade proved resounding successes at the box office and became cinema classics.
The Big Parade as cinema spectacle does fill the screen in a style that Cecil B. DeMille would have approved. But the accent here is not on heroics, rather on the horror of what was then called the Great War because no one could contemplate another one like it. Watching some of the crowd scenes and battle scenes I saw that The Big Parade set a standard for World War I films. Watch for example the battle scenes in The Fighting 69th and you’ll see how much influence The Big Parade had on future films.
John Gilbert is the central character of The Big Parade a rather aimless young man whom his father Hobart Bosworth could use a little discipline in his life. The army is just the thing for him. Usually those who advocate such a course don’t anticipate the army ever getting in a real shooting war.
We declared ourselves in on World War I in April of 1917, but few troops saw any action until a year later. We had no real standing army and Woodrow Wilson gave John Pershing one order, keep the American army separate, train it, and then send it into battle as its own entity. So those scenes of idleness where Gilbert develops his romance with Renee Adoree are quite true. The American Army was being trained in the hell that was trench warfare.
The Big Parade is as much a love story as a war story and Gilbert and Adoree were quite the screen couple. This was before Gilbert had done any films with Greta Garbo. The Big Parade proved to be his breakout film and it Renee Adoree her career role on the silent screen as well.
The Big Parade was also a tragedy ridden film. Its stars Gilbert, Adoree, and Karl Dane who played Gilbert’s sidekick in the trenches all died before 1940 way too young for all of them.
In those crowd scenes which did include some newsreel footage, my grandmother used to look at them eagerly when she saw them hoping to see my grand uncle in them. Her brother was part of The Big Parade in real life. William Fleischman was drafted at the age of 19 to serve in the American Expeditionary Force and he came back and lived until 1979 and came back in a lot better shape than John Gilbert was in this film.
The Great War was the seminal event of his generation, no one who survived it ever was the same. The song My Buddy was used on the sound track and Uncle Bill had an aversion for that song. He said that in the trenches you did not worry about your buddy, in fact better it was him that was hit than you. Uncle Bill also developed a lifelong aversion to peaches as well. That was the main thing he remembers being given in his rations and after the war couldn’t look at a canned peach for the rest of his life.
Despite My Buddy on the soundtrack and that was added subsequently, King Vidor directed his masterpiece in The Big Parade. Although he directed for a little more than 30 years after this, Vidor never equaled The Big Parade. And to dough boy William Fleischman, part of The Big Parade this review is dedicated.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 20 min (140 min) (24 fps), 2 hr 10 min (130 min) (4 fps) (USA), 2 hr 8 min (128 min) (1988 TCM print) (UK), 2 hr 31 min (151 min) (TCM print)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Drama, Romance, War
Director King Vidor, George W. Hill
Writer Laurence Stallings, Harry Behn, Joseph Farnham
Actors John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Hobart Bosworth
Country United States
Awards 3 wins
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Silent, Mono (music and sound effects) (Western Electric Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.33 : 1
Film Length 3,511 m (re-release), 3,826 m (original version)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm