Dress Parade is a 1927 American silent romantic drama film produced by William Sistrom and Cecil B. DeMille and distributed by Pathé. The film stars William Boyd and Bessie Love, and was directed by Donald Crisp. Although it is based on a story by Major Robert Glassburn, Major Alexander Chilton, and Herbert David Walter, the plot is essentially the same as West Point, produced at MGM in 1928.
|Directed by||Donald Crisp|
|Produced by||William Sistrom|
|Written by||Major Robert Glassburn (story)|
Major Alexander Chilton (story)
Herbert David Walter (story)
Douglas Z. Doty (scenario)
John Krafft (intertitles)
|Edited by||Barbara Hunter|
|Distributed by||Pathé Exchange|
|7 reels; 6,599 feet|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
For authenticity, many scenes were filmed at West Point. Actress Bessie Love was so impressed by her time on location that she penned an unpublished novel based on her experiences, Military Mary.
Civilian Vic Donovan (Boyd) visits West Point, and falls for beautiful Janet Cleghorne (Love), daughter of the commandant (Geldart). He successfully wins an appointment to the Academy, where he and Stuart Haldane (Allan), another cadet, vie for Janet's affection. Their competition escalates, nearly resulting in Haldane's dismissal, but Donovan takes responsibility, and Janet falls in love with him.
Release and reception
The film was screened to War Department officials in Washington, D.C. Adjutant General Lutz Wahl was a fan of the film, and wrote a letter to his commanding officers to support the film's success in local theaters in any way they could. In Los Angeles, a military-themed parade with star William Boyd led to a showing for 200 troops, and in Providence, Rhode Island, an army band played in the lobby of a theater.
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- Dress Parade on IMDb
- Dress Parade at the TCM Movie Database
- Dress Parade at AllMovie
- Dress Parade at the British Film Institute
- Still of Bessie Love and Hugh Allen (incorrectly labeled as William Boyde)