The Big Parade

1
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 
gratefully acknowledges
the splendid co-operation 
of the Second Division, 
United States Army and 
Air Service Units, Kelly 
       Field." 

2
In the Spring of 1917, 
America was a nation 
occupied in peaceful 
progression. Mills were 
humming with activity - 

3
Buildings climbed 
skyward, monuments 
to commerce and 
  profession. 

4
Here "Slim" Jensen 
worked .... just one 
of labor's millions, 
building a nation.

5
Along The Bowery 
were men of another
trade. Among them 
was "Bull" O'Hara. 

6
On life's other side 
were rich men, chiefs of
industry ... and rich 
men's sons - such as 
   Jim Apperson.

7
"Are you for sure goin'
to take a job in your 
   father's mill?" 

8
"Me ... work? I should 
      say not!" 

9
"What's all that tootin'
        about?"

10
"For the love of Mike!
They're making enough 
noise to wake up the
   whole country!"

11
In such an hour, most 
mothers are alike...and 
Jim's mother was no 
    exception.

12
"I have enough war 
on my hands...with 
       Dad." 

13
As long as Jim could
remember he had 
been in love with 
  Justyn Reed.

14
"Aren't you thrilled 
that we're going to 
       war?"

15
"You'll look gorgeous in 
an officer's uniform! I'll 
   love you more than 
       ever then."

16
What a thing is patriotism! 
We go for years not 
knowing we have it. 
Suddenly - Martial music!
.... Native flags! ... Friends 
cheer! .... and it becomes 
life's greatest emotion!

17
"Come on! The whole 
gang's going over!" 

18
Evening - -

19
"It's come, Mother! 
Now we must all 
pitch in and do 
   our bit!"

20
"Harry has already 
organized double 
shifts at the mill...
and he's going to 
 work nights!" 

21
"Look here, young man! 
I've stood all the 
nonsense and idleness 
from you that I'm going 
     to stand!"

22
"We're in the fight now...
and it's time for every 
  man to jump in and 
      get busy!"

23
"Look at your brother! 
See how he's putting 
his shoulder to the 
      wheel!" 

24
"The country's at war! 
There's no room in my 
house for idlers! You'll 
do something or ....
     get out!"

25
"Is that all?"

26
"Do you mind if I stay 
   here tonight?"

27
"Is it all right 
   with you?"

28
"Aren't you all proud 
      of him?"

29
"Hasn't he told you?"

30
"Jim has enlisted!"

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From avenue and 
alley they came....
   ROOKIES.

32
"You're in the army now,
  You're not behind a plow;
You'll never get rich,
  You son-of-a-gun,
You're in the army now!"

33
"Pipe down!"

34
And so the "laughing 
American" boys, a 
song on their lips, 
marched into France. 

35
One nightfall, after a 
march of twenty miles, 
they arrived in 
Champillon.... weary 
and ready for sleep.

36
"Orders for billeting!" 

37
"Corporal! Have your
men police this yard 
before they hit the
       hay!"

38
"Hey, you Bozoes! No 
sleep for you babies 
until you dress this 
   manure pile!"

39
"Come on! Take the 
anchors off them 
   shovels!" 

40
"No use to raise a row;
  Shovel and chuck
The goo and the muck,
  You're in the army now!"

41
"Say, I joined this 
army to fight....
  not shovel!"

42
"You'll shovel and like 
     it, dearie!"

43
"Now, you big stiff - 
      SHOVEL!"

44
"Aw, nuts!"

45
"What do you birds 
think this is... a May 
party? Come on! 
Show me some speed!" 

46
Dog-tired.

47
"It's to eat ... ain't it?" 

48
"This ain't such a
     bad war." 

49
March and sweat the 
   whole damned day;

 Sleep at night in lousy hay;

Turn out mornin's full o'dirt,
And scrub the real estate 
   off your shirt!

That's.... the.... life.... in....
   the.... arm-ee!

50
"We're in the army now,
  And we have all learned how
To wash our shirty
  And still have it dirty,
We're in the army now!"

51
"We rub our socks
  Till we wear out the 
    rocks,
We're in the army now!"

52
"We drown the fleas
  In our Bee Vee Dees,
We're in the army now!"

53
"Hey, Slim! If I had a 
barrel I could make
  a shower bath."

54
"If I had a bow-and-
arrow I could shoot
      a bear!"

55
"It's a great idea... but
who's goin' to get the 
        barrel?"

56
After an hour of his best 
sign language, convincing 
the wine-shop keeper that 
he wanted a barrel, and 
not a fat girl, Jim started
    on his way back.

57
"I AM it!" 

58
"C'est vous qui m'a 
fait rire, n'est ce 
       pas?"

59
"I don't understand a 
word you say... but I 
know what you mean."

60
"Voo... and... me... vooley 
voo.... take.... little ....
    petite.... walk?"

61
"French is Greek 
     to me."

62
"He... froggie! You...
     froggie!"

63
"Parley voo Francay...
  Chevrolet Coupe?"

64
"You big stiff! You 
don't handle girls the 
   way you handle 
      rivets!"

65
That evening Jim 
detailed himself to 
some more "skirt 
     duty". 

66
"Me... you... tres...
   much.... love."

67
"Gee... aimy... vowse...
    boo.... coop!"

68
"Je suis très contente."

69
"I... am... verree...
      happee!"

70
"Reviens à huit heures." 

71
"Eight o'clock... me...
       returny." 

72
"Come on, Bon Ami...
slip Poppa a little 
      kiss!" 

73
"Your hat, Mister Hemingway
... I'm sorry I misplaced your
          cane."

74
"I got to hand it to you! 
You're certainly makin' 
this war a social success!" 

75
Once a week, at Melisande's 
home, there was a patriotic 
gathering to read letters 
 from loved ones at the 
         front.

76
"Must he do that?"

77
"There's wine in that 
cellar, pardner! We 
can't leave Jim to 
tackle it all alone, 
     can we?"

78
"Can you figure any 
guy settin' in his 
parlor.... when he's 
got a cellar like this?" 

79
"Can you imagine! 
Some guys was saps 
enough to join the 
      navy!" 

80
"Oh-h-h! You dirty 
      M.P's!!"

81 
"So you're the birds 
   who go around 
   swiping wine?" 

82
"We got Jim in this 
trouble.... now we 
gotta get him out, 
    ain't we?"

83
"Get in it, gang! This 
ain't a private fight!"

84
"We weren't stealn' 
wine, sir. We were 
just doin' our duty." 

85
"AH! Monsewer 
 Demi Tasse!" 

86
Eat your chow from tin 
    mess-kits;
Pick your teeth with 
    bay-o-nits;
Shine your shoes on hunks 
    of pork;
And the barber shaves you 
    with a knife and fork!
That's...the...life...in...the...
    arm-ee!

87
"Corporal Michael Olysius
        O'Hara!"

88
"As soon as I've read 
my mail I'll have your 
  chevrons removed."
  
89
"I'd like to see the 
little cootie try to
     break me!"
     
90
"Who did you think 
it was for... General
     Pershing?"

91
"Can you readee-voo 
     Francay?"

92
"My boy, you certainly 
  know your onions!"

93
As far as "Bull" could 
figure.... "the war was 
       a flop". 

94
"Aw, they're making this
    a helluva army!"

95
"Fall in! Company street! 
Full packs and tin hats! 
  Ten minutes!  We're 
      moving up!!"

96
"Step on it, Lightning! 
  WE'RE MOVING UP!" 

97
"I'm coming back! - 
Remember - - - I'm 
  coming back!"

98
"Men! Men! Men! 
Moving up! Up! UP! 
      MEN!!" 

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IT HAD BEGUN! 

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THE BIG PARADE
Men! Guns! Men! 
  Men! Guns!

101
To the front! 
To the front! 
To the front....
Front!...FRONT!

102
An endless column 
surging forward 
over roads that 
never were retraced.

103
The "Eyes of 
 the Army"! 

104
And when Jim's outfit 
reached the fighting 
zone, motor trucks were 
left behind and the 
remaining miles made 
      a-foot.

105
"We're ridden far enough 
and walked far enough 
   to be in China!"

106
"Nix! If this was China 
you'd see a lot of Chop 
 Suey joints around!"

107
Whenever there were new 
arrivals near the front, 
"Flying Fritzie" usually 
sneaked across the line to 
give them their first 
      welcome.

108
"Well, we're in it 
   now, Buddy!" 

109
To the front! 
To the front! 
To the front....
Front!...FRONT!

110
"Gimme a cigarette, 
       Bull."

111
I don't mind givin' you 
cigarettes.... but I hate 
carryin' 'em all 'round 
   France for you." 

112
"Gimme a match."

113
"What am I....
Santy Claus?" 

114
"Well, they say the 
woods ahead are 
alive with machine 
guns and snipers. 
What do you say, 
   Captain?"

115
"We're ready for 
 orders, sir."

116
"Fix.... bayonets!"

117
"ATTACK FORMATION!"

118
"They're not going to 
send us out in that 
open field, are they?"

119
"Sure! We're gonna 
keep goin' till we 
can't go no farther!"

120
Outnumbered by the 
second line of German 
defense, they took 
refuge in shell holes.

121
"This dump is lousy 
with Heinies! I could 
chuck my hat across 
to where they are."

122
"Quit squawkin'! You 
don't want to live 
forever, do you?"

123
That was how they received 
their baptism of fire.... and 
while they held the line, the 
  machine of war moved up 
        behind them. 

124
Dusk -- -- 
Silence.... Mud....
the whine of a shell...
Mud.... Silence....

125
"He's got us spotted!"

126
"Come on out... you
     ostrich!"

127
"Am I dead yet?" 

128
"The skipper says for 
one of you guys to 
go get that Fritzie 
with the toy cannon." 

129
"Why should you take 
the chance to be picked 
off? You're no better 
   than we are!"

130
"We'll settle this.... 
   like gentlemen!"

131
"The guy what spits 
closest... goes! And 
splashes don't count."

132
"But you're the champion 
 spitter of the whole 
        army."

133
"No arguin' with a 
Corporal! What I 
says.... is orders!"

134
"I... am... IT!" 

135
"Out there's no place 
for little boys like you." 

136
Slowly, inch by inch, 
Slim wriggled his 
way.... until full 
 darkness came.

137
"Do you think he'll make 
    it all right?

138
"Sure! Slim'll come 
back wearin' the 
Kaiser's moustache!"

139
"For the love of Mike, 
be calm.... like me!" 

140
"Yo.... Slim!"

141
"Say, you hyenas....
    pipe down!"

142
"You can't make us 
shut up! Slim's out 
   there alone!"

143
"Hey.... Slim!" 

144
"Cut that out. You 
   got orders!" 

145
"God, Bull... I can hear 
Slim moaning out there."

146
"Orders! Orders! Who 
the hell is fighting this 
war -- men or orders?"

147
"I came to fight - not to 
wait and rot in a lousy 
hole while they murder 
      my pal!"

148
"Waiting! Orders! Mud! 
Blood! Stinking stiffs! 
What the hell do we get 
out of this war anyway!"

149
" - cheers when we left 
and when we get back!
But who the hell cares...
    after this?"

150
"Don't let it get you,
kid.... don't let it get 
       you!"

151
"I'm goin' to bring 
    Slim back!" 

152
"Slim, can't you just try 
  to say... good-bye?" 

153
"They got him! They 
got him! GOD DAMN 
   THEIR SOULS!"

154
"You got my Buddy, 
you b---------s! 
Now.... COME ON!"

155
"I'll meet you in 
     Berlin!" 

156
Another Big Parade.

157
"Where did you 
  get yours?"

158
"They nicked me as we 
were going through 
   Champillon."

159
"Champillon? 
CHAMPILLON?"

160
"Say, that farmhouse 
has changed hands 
four times since 
   yesterday."

161
"How far is Champillon 
     from here?"

162
"Six kilometers north."

163
"Melisande!" 

164
"Melisande!" 

165
The last gun had thundered! 
The fields of France were 
stilled in peace. 
The Apperson home knew 
its greatest hour! 
Jim was coming back!

166
"Well, son.... you'll 
    soon be home."

167
"I guess you'll be 
 glad to see your 
 old sweetheart 
     again?" 

168
"I can't give you 
  up, Justyn -"

169
"We mustn't forget 
what Jim has been 
    through."

170
"You look great, Jim, 
      old man!"

171
"Don't try to kid me! 
I know what I look 
      like!"

172
"Jim boy, mother and 
I are proud of you....
and we thank God 
you've been spared."

173
"Mother?"

174
"Yes, Jim."

175
"There's a girl in 
   France - -"

176
"Then you must find 
her.... nothing else 
     matters."

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Women of France.

178
"MELISANDE!"

179
"JIMMEE!"

The End

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