John Bengtson does the most amazing detective work, tracking down the locations where your favorite silents were filmed.
Although most of The Big Parade (1925) is set in the war-torn villages and battlefields of France, the acclaimed World War I drama also provides historic views of early downtown Los Angeles and Orange County. Told from the soldier’s point of view, the epic movie directed by King Vidor follows a trio of men from different walks of life brought together by combat.
Set in the Spring of 1917, the movie intertitles describe America then as a nation occupied in peaceful progression. Mills were humming with activity while buildings climbed skyward, monuments to commerce and progression.
America’s buildings climbing skyward – the extant Barker Brothers Building at 7th and Flower. LAPL.
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