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THE BIG PARADE on TCM in Prime-time!


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King Vidor's monumental 1925 Silent Masterpiece Starring John Gilbert And Renee Adoree, airing on TCM for the first time in any form since 2010. This is literally my all time favorite film. Rather Silent or sound.. Broadcast Wednesday evening at 8.00 PM, Eastern, 7.00 Central time on TCM. We should be should be getting the premiere of the not so new anymore 2004 Restoration I have been waiting for 9 years to see. I Pre-ordered a copy of both the DVD and Blu-ray several months ago from Amazon, but it doesn't come out until October 1st. If you have never seen THE BIG PARADE before, don't miss this broadcast and be sure to order the DVD and or Blu-ray. You will definitely not be disappointed.

 

While TCM has run this picture rather infrequently in the past, that was an older transfer from the early 80's. About 9 years ago THE BIG PARADE was remastered from the long lost original camera negatives found quite by accident by Kevin Brownlow while lecturing at Eastman House in 1997. After the 1965 MGM Vault Fire the Camera Negatives and original prints were labeled as having been destroyed. Only prints 4 or 5 times removed for a vintage first run positive were generally known to exist.

 

If you have never seen THE BIG PARADE before you will be blown away. If you have never seen a Silent film, you will be astonished. This is truly one of the finest most influential Motion Pictures ever made. For 14 years it was the highest grossing and most acclaimed production for MGM, until finally being eclipsed by GONE WITH THE WIND in 1939. I sincerely hope now that the picture is finally coming out on DVD and Blu-ray October 1st, that it's reputation will grow dramatically once again, as it is more widely seen. Lack of exposure was obscured this remarkable film for far to long. THE BIG PARADE Set the standard for all the great War and Anti-war films to come both in it's own decade, right up to the present day.

 

In my mind, THE BIG PARADE is the most worthy film ever made that has never had an official DVD, let alone Blu-ray release before. So that is long since overdue. Sale interest in this title will determine if we see more long awaited MGM Silents such as THE SCARLET LETTER, OLD HEIDELBERG, A WOMAN OF AFFAIRS, and THE CROWD issued on Blu-ray. So if you have put off ordering a copy or fliirted with the idea, please do not hesitate. We must support this very important release to ensure that more MGM Silent Treasures are issued in the future.

 

 

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gagman, thanks for the impassioned writeup on one of the truly great films of the silent era. (Though I also appreciate that film is one of the strongest anti-war films of any filmmaking era). And a film which highlights the triumphs of that time enjoyed by director King Vidor, who also helmed The Crowd, as contrasting a film as you could find to the epic scale Big Parade.

 

This film has John Gilbert's greatest performance, without doubt, not to mention a touching characterization by Renee Adoree. The departure scene between these two as Gilbert heads to the war front is one of the great moments of silent cinema, particularly if the version shown tonight has the musical accompaniment of Carl Davis, whose score truly heightens the emotional impact of the scene.

 

Here's hoping that TCM does show the 2004 restoration, though I also hope that the Carl Davis score is also a part of that presentation.

 

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Everyone knows, of course, how John Gilbert's career suffered with the talkies, and his early death in 1936, barely a decade after his greatest triumph in The Big Parade.

 

However, I also want to take note of one of Gilbert's co-stars in this film, big Karl Dane, who plays one of Gilbert's two buddies on the war front. Dane's Swedish accent would make him eventually unemployable during the talkies, and he would tragically die by his own hand in 1934.

 

And there was also the lovely leading lady Renee Adoree, who would be reunited with Gilbert in a few more films before passing away from TB in 1933. She was only 35.

 

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That's Karl Dane on the left.

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Tom,

 

Excellent post. Thank you. Yes, TCM partly paid for the new broadcast master and it is a joint venture with Kevin Brownlow and Patrick Stanbury's Photoplay Productions so Davis 1983 score is in-tact. Some of the material was lifted from the Axt-Mendoza score, with only a few themes being original compositions. Davis also mixed in familiar tunes such as Strawberry Blonde, My Buddy, Your in The Army Now, Over There, etc. Most of which were used by Axt as well. The Main Title and Melisande Mischief themes are Davis own music.

 

The love them of THE BIG PARADE is actually not a composition of Davies. It is in-fact a French Waltz popular during the War which translates to "The Sweet Fever" in English. It was used by William Axt and David Mendoza for the vintage score in 1925, and again for the sound re-issue in 1931. The melody has long been identified with the film Some records even had it labeled as "The Theme From THE BIG PARADE" in subtext.

 

Yes, Renee Adoree and Colleen Moore are my two favorite Silent screen actresses. She was a exceptional talent. I was terribly smitten with Renee when I saw her in THE MATING CALL.

 

I have waited to see this restoration for 9 years. And really it's been more like 11 years. Because I first heard about the film being restored presumably for DVD in 2002. When the project was completed in 2004, it was expected to be released in 2005 for THE BIG PARADE'S 80th Anniversary, but that never happened. Sure hope I am not disappointed and TCM mistakenly airs the old transfer. I have seen it happen before with other Silents. I'll keep my fingers crossed. It's not scheduled again the rest of 20013. Publicity for this broadcast is decent, but not great. Certainly WINGS got better press earlier this year. Though that wasn't really specified to be the new restoration in advance either.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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*Renee Adoree, King Vidor, And John Gilbert*

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Thanks very much, gagman. I didn't know that the Big Parade's love theme is not an original composition by Carl Davis.

 

He's hardly the first film composer to encorporate another man's work into his own score, though. The music that accompanies the sea battle scenes in the 1935 Captain Blood, for example, were borrowed by Erich Wolfgang Korngold from Franz Liszt's Mazeppa.

 

Renee Adoree is such a sweetheart in The Big Parade. The bubble gum chewing scene between herself and Gilbert was, I believe, a largely unrehearsed quite spontaneous moment that Vidor kept in the film. It's such a marvelous sequence, with such totally natural facial reactions by both actors.

 

Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe that little gem of a scene just naturally developed between the two actors or, at least, became more extended than originally planned. I can't recall the particulars. In any event, the scene works!

 

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Having just seen The Big Parade, it may even be a greater film than I remembered its being.

 

Carl Davis' score adds so much to the production. If King Vidor was watching this presentation tonight from up high I'm sure that he was applauding what has been done with his film.

 

Davis' brilliant orchestration reached a particular peak for me during the departure scene between John Gilbert and Renee Adoree as he heads out to the war front. Davis plays Berlin's rousing "Over There" and other martial music as the troops head out. Almost buried in this military music, but struggling for survival, is the film's love theme as Adoree searches for Gilbert among the troops.

 

Suddenly, as Gilbert and Adoree finally sight one another, the military music is gone and Davis breaks out into a full orchestral version of the love theme as the two lovers embrace. It is one of the most emotional sequences that I can ever recall seeing in a movie, this combination of overwhelmingly poignant music and the passionate performances of the two leads. Bravo to Vidor, bravo to Gilbert and Adoree, and bravo to Carl Davis for the justice he has done this classic silent.

 

But I'm a little confused. Did we see the restored version tonight on TCM? I assumed as much as I watched it as I cannot recall ever seeing the film so crisp and clean before (previous versions on TCM looked decidedly washed out at times). At the end it said it was presented by David Gill and Kevin Brownlow in connection with Thames Television. And afterward Robert Osborne made mention of the blue ray release of the film, referring to the one broadcast tonight as being the restored version.

 

However, at the end of the film the copyright was listed as 1988 Turner Entertainment Co, rather than 2004. Does anyone know if this is the film restoration? It sure did look lovely.

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They were a perfect match. When she held onto his leg and wouldn't let go, I just had 'goosebumps' all over, such a powerful scene !

 

The photography was stunning and added so much to the movie as well as the music. I have an overall greater appreciation for Silents, my 3rd now !

 

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Fred, Tom, Everyone,

 

Well, the print was very nice although some scenes were a little darker then what I am used to. A few sequences had extended footage, and this was even more obvious because those scenes moved quite a bit slower then I had seen in the past. The transfer speed is not the same as the Thames Silents version produced for British Television in 1983. Or more accurately put the video encoding speed for DVD or Blu-ray was not the same. Nor is all of the Davis score the same either. A few scenes substituted different music. Most of the Main themes are in-tact. Jack's father Hobart Bosworth had a completely different character theme. Not sure why?

 

Apart from that, a few frames here and there are shorter or longer. For instance Renee glancing down at the shoe in her hand momentarily that Jimmy has just tossed to her teary eyed is missing. I wish it were still there. It is a poignant image. Some of the horrific battle scene towards the end, also appears to be minus a few shots.

 

For a long time Warner's planned to record the Axt- Mendoza score from 1925 with Robert Israel conducting his Orchestra. Robert was very excited about it a few years ago, since he had preformed the score live with his Orchestra in the past. The Davis score was supposed to be included only as an alternate track. I know people like Jack Theakston who actually prefer the Axt- Mendoza score. This idea must have been nixed to trim production costs. There was even talk of including the 1931 Sound re-issue as an extra.

 

Unfortunately, I 'm almost certain this will be tore to sherds on Nitrateville, they will no doubt complain about the projection or transfer speed. Or more properly Video encoding speed, frame-rates. Could have been a couple three frames per second faster. The Tinting which appeared rather pronounced was supposed to be all original. Not computer added. Otherwise, they would have tinted the entire film. That includes the Stencil Color footage seen very briefly on a military ambulance However, supposedly the 1927 General release was tinted throughout. Rather much of the Road Show version in 1925-26 was monochrome I do not know? I would say much less than half of tonight's presentation was tinted. Like Paramount's WINGS I kind of expected the majority of the print to be Amber.

 

As for Robert Osborne's Intro? World Wide and counting two re-releases One in 1927 (General), and another in 1931 (Musical track added), THE BIG PARADE grossed well over 20 million dollars. Way more then the 5 million he quoted. I have heard him say over 6 million in previous intros. It made that in first run Road Show domestic release alone. In any event, it was far and away the highest grossing film of the 1920's. Fact is MGM intentionally lost track of the money that the film was making after a time, to keep down Vidor's salary. Misinforming him repeatedly about the profits. It was that gigantic of a Blockbuster.

 

I'm glad that people enjoyed the broadcast and were not distracted or put off by the slower transfer speed. I was fearful that they might be. Many people might not have even noticed, but to me it is just to slow. That slower encoding or frame-rate somewhat disrupts the pace and flow of the story. First time viewers consistently remark that THE BIG PARADE is one of the finest films they have ever seen. Especially in theatrical presentations. But on TCM as well.

 

Please purchase the DVD or Blu-ray I ordered a copy of both last June from Amazon. The official release is Tuesday. We need to support this release to ensure that more long unavailable MGM Silents will be issued on these formats in the future.

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I've only seen bits of the film in the past, recorded it tonight -- it looks glorious! Can't wait to watch it.

 

Re: your music question, sometimes new/different music is added to create a new copyright for a public domain film. Don't know if that has anything to do with this film, though.

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Robert's intro failed to address is that John Gilbert was quite literally the biggest Romantic Star and top leading man in Hollywood at the time this film was released. Way bigger then the far better remembered Rudolph Valentino who many considered a washed up has been at least in the movies by 1925. Rudy actually had walked out on his Paramount contract and Gilbert quickly replaced him in the hearts of movie goers.

 

In 1924-25 Jack was riding high as MGM's top Matinee idol. After years of mediocre success at Fox. 1924 had been a banner year for Gilbert. Two features directed by King Vidor HIS HOUR with Ailleen Pringle, based on the steamy novel by Elinor Glyn, and WIFE OF THE CENTAUR with Pringle and Eleanor Bordman had catapulted him to the nations hottest new Male Hearttrob. His popularity exploded to even greater heights opposite Mae Murray in Erich Von Stroheim's production of THE MERRY WIDOW earlier in 1925. Dubbed by movie magazines as "The Great Lover" a moniker he literally wisked away from Valentino. Although Gilbert himself resented the label. THE BIG PARADE was somewhat of a reproach for Gilbert's image. Although there is plenty of romance and great heart in the picture, Gilbert's trademark mustache was removed, and he played a far less flashy character then audiences had grown use to seeing him as. He was not a King or a Prince, but rather a simple dough boy. Even if from a wealthy family.

 

Renee Adoree started her film career in 1920 and this was actually her forth feature with Gilbert, though her first with him at MGM. Her intial appearance as his leading lady was in the lost HONOR FIRST in 1922, ironically a War movie made by Fox. In which Jack played a duel-role of Good/Bad brothers. Renee had been a respected actress with a steady fanbase for sometime, but THE BIG PARADE transformed her into a major breakout Star. Her performance as Melisande the feisty French Farm Girl was widely lauded as one of the greatest in screen history up to that time.

 

At the time, this picture was made War films were no longer considered marketable product. The public was deemed burned out on the matter. But THE BIG PARADE bucked that trend and made the genre big box office again. A plethora of films about or centered around The Great War soon followed from all the major studios. Among others there were WHAT PRICE GLORY? at Fox, WINGS and BARBED WIRE at Paramount, SORRELL AND SON at United Artists, THE PATENT LEATHER KID at First National, and LILAC TIME at First National. All of them major hits. Certainly Lewis Milestone's far better known ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT released by Universal in both Silent and Sound editions would not have been made without TBP coming first.

 

THE BIG PARADE is truly one of the finest most influential Motion Pictures ever made. Indirectly or otherwise. For 14 years it stood as the highest grossing and most acclaimed production for MGM, until finally being eclipsed by GONE WITH THE WIND in 1939. I sincerely hope now that the picture is finally coming out on both DVD and Blu-ray October 1st, that it's diminished reputation will grow dramatically once again, as it is more widely seen. For every one person who has seen THE BIG PARADE in the past 30 or 40 years, there are probably 500 to 1000 that have seen ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT.

 

Here is another Silent that certainly belongs on The Essentials series. Lack of exposure has obscured this remarkable film for far to long. THE BIG PARADE set the standard for all the great War and Anti-war films to come both in it's own decade, right up to the present day. That needs to be more universally acknowledged and accepted.

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Please don't forget, gagman, that after Valentino left Paramount, he was about to have a comeback as an action romantic hero with his last two releases from United Artists, The Eagle and Son of the Shiek.

 

The latter film, in particular, was a huge box office hit, though it's difficult to say how much of that was because Rudy had just died. We don't know for sure where Valentino's career was headed (the talkies, after all, were just around the corner) but it's possible that with Rudy proving himself to be an effective action hero he may well have been on the verge of a career resurgence. The talkies, though, make it more of a question mark.

 

Certainly with Valentino's death, Gilbert was unquestionably the biggest movie heart throb in the movies, though it wouldn't last long.

 

But, again, I ask the question: was tonight's version of The Big Parade the restored version? It's the best looking version I've seen.

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Tom,

 

THE EAGLE was actually quite successful for Valentino. It was a bigger hit then what we had previously been told. Especially in smaller markets. Photoplay re-mastered THE EAGLE from the original Camera negative some years ago. It looks spectacular and has an all original Carl Davis score. I have asked for the Photoplay Restoration on TCM before. It's possible that Cohen will release the film on Blu-ray with the Davis score, and TCM will run it then. I would certainly buy a copy. Vilma Banky being Rudy's leading lady definitely did not hurt the pictures Box-office any.

 

Yes, this is the first time that TCM has aired this transfer of THE BIG PARADE. The previous transfer was shorter, had a faster frame rate, brief missing footage, and was all Black And White, There was no tinting. The high point of Gilbert's career took place between 1924 and 1928. But he was still a big Star in 1929, because many of his 1927-'28 films were still in circulation around the country and the world. In addition, well over half of the Theaters were very slow to convert to sound. In smaller rural America for example, they never heard a talkie until as late as 1931. So these places still needed Silents to screen anything.

 

In 1930 Clara Bow's TRUE TO THE NAVY was released in both Silent and Talkie versions. Columbia, Universal and even Fox were still putting out alternate Silent versions of their releases to smaller theaters without sound equipment, and around the globe. As you may know, Silents were still common in Japan and China as late as 1934.

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gagman, I would love to get a good version of The Eagle, especially with a Davis accompaniment. The previous DVD released (from Image Entertainment, I think) was most unsatisfactory.

 

One of the key reasons I like this film so much is because it was the first Valentino feature, aside from the fun action scenes, that also showed that Rudy could play a role with a sense of humour. I like the Valentino of The Eagle and Son of the Shiek a lot more than the Valentino of his earlier efforts (though I always thought that, for the most part, he was a quite decent understated actor). It seems to me, though, that he loosened up more in his last two films and looked like he was having more fun on screen.

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Tom,

 

I have the Thames Silents version of THE EAGLE on DVD-R from Laser-disc. Picture quality is very good. But as I said it has since been re-mastered for the camera negative in the Rohauer Collection. That is why I hope that Cohen might release it soon.

 

I watched ROXIE HART (1941) last night I had recorded it earlier in the day from TCM. I really wish that TCM would air De Mille's original Silent version of CHICAGO (1927) with Phyllis Haver and Victor Varconi. Also a young Eugene Paulette. It is a much, much better film. I was rather disappointed in ROXIE HART, even though I'm a big Ginger Rogers fan. Lighthearted silliness throughout. The De Mille Silent has allot more layers to it and a much more complex story. Hard to even believe this is based on the same material. Speaking of which, would love to see the original 1925 Silent version of STELLA DALLAS in a restored print on TCM. The rights have been leased to Warner's by the Samuel Goldwyn library.

 

Gilbert's top competition in 1925 was probably Ronald Colman. They were considered great rivals. You might have to include Richard Barthelmess in there as well. But we don't want to forget about Tom Mix because he was consistently about as big a Star as you could get throughout the 20's. Historians unfairly overlook Tom due to the Western Genre. It's debatable if Rudy was the biggest Male Star Paramount had even before he walked out on his contract in 1924. Thomas Meighan was definitely right up there, and Richard Dix was hot on his heals to boot.

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gagman, I haven't seen Chicago but I quite love Roxie Hart. Ginger was never sexier and Adolphe Menjou's florid performance as an unscrupulous ham lawyer is a comedy classic, as far as I'm concerned.

 

Many years ago I was in an antique store and came across an old autograph album of stars and personalities from the '30s. I purchased it for a song. I had great diffciulty at first making out one of the signatures. It then clicked with me who it might have been and I got a confirmation of it when I saw a reproduction of his autography. It was Tom Mix's.

 

I envy you for have a good image of The Eagle on disc, long one of my favourite silents.

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Maybe I just expected to much out of ROXIE HART? I did appreciate the John Gilbert reference in the 1942 version. It's fun, but very slight.

 

In the 1927 Silent, Roxie's husband is the handsome Victor Varconi. Not some deadbeat frump.He actually is reluctantly forced to steal some money in order to pay for his Wife's defense. And there is another woman who worships him from a far played by the lovely Virginia Bradford. The story is vastly more complicated, and Roxie isn't exactly innocent or blameless either. "She just didn't mean too!."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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*Phyllis Haver- "Pistol Packin' Roxie!"*

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Fred,

 

Actually, "My Buddy' originally dates back to World War 1. And it was not the Love theme to THE BIG PARADE both in the Davis and Axt-Mendoza score, but the Pal theme for Jim, Bull and Slim. Karl Dane's Slim also had his own theme. "The Band Played On". The Love or Romance theme as I mentioned Translates to "The Sweet Fever". But I do not remeber the French name, and probably couldn't spell it is a did. while back someone posted the entire Axt-Mendoza scoring list, Every cue, in the Silents forum here. I will see if I can find it.

 

Tom,

 

Speaking of Valentino, we still need a comprehensive release of Rex Ingram's THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE.

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How about this, from Victor records:

 

Douce fievre (Primary title)..........................Victor catalog

Whisper that you love me (Alternate title).....Victor ledgers

The big parade (Work title)..........................Victor ledgers

 

http://victor.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/matrix/detail/800013656/BVE-39397-Douce_fievre

 

 

 

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Is that the same as this?

 

 

 

Edited by: FredCDobbs on Sep 26, 2013 1:02 PM

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