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The Big Parade on TCM 5/25 May 23, 2009

Posted by clydefro in : Classic Films, The TCM Ten , trackback

It’s Memorial Day weekend and, as usual, TCM is showing a marathon of war films. Most of these are on DVD. Many are old standbys for the channel and get plenty of showings. A rarity in the mix is King Vidor’s classic silent The Big Parade, from 1925. The film has been repeatedly delayed for DVD by Warner Bros. and has become, along with Vidor’s The Crowd, one of those titles promised time and again with still no release announced. I think I read that a restoration exists of The Big Parade that should be on the eventual DVD, but the TCM showing will likely not be from that print. Watch for it on TCM Memorial Day night at 2:15 AM.

Aside from the French Connection-esque Badge 373 starring Robert Duvall and also involving Eddie Egan, the real “Popeye Doyle,” (airing Tuesday night, May 26 at 2:00 AM), that’s all I’ve got this week. The TCM Ten should return on Friday.


1. cfkane - May 24, 2009

Glad you highlighted this, Clyde. Had that on video tape years ago and have been eagerly awaiting a DVD release of this and The Crowd for ages. Would be nice films to wind up in the hands of Criterion, but that is, I’m sure, a pipe dream.

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