The White Parade

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The White Parade
Directed byIrving Cummings
Produced byJesse L. Lasky
Written byRian James (novel)/(screenplay)
Jesse L. Lasky
Sonya Levien
Ernest Pascal
StarringLoretta Young
John Boles
Music byLouis De Francesco
CinematographyArthur C. Miller
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • November 16, 1934 (1934-11-16) (U.S.)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States

The White Parade is a 1934 film that was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. It was written by Rian James, Jesse Lasky Jr., Sonya Levien and Ernest Pascal, from the novel by Rian James. The film was directed by Irving Cummings.

Dedicated to "the memory of Florence Nightingale", the plot concerns the travails and romances of young women as they study to become nurses. It stars Loretta Young and John Boles.

The only surviving print is located at the UCLA film archive, and can be viewed at the Instructional Media Lab, Powell Library, after making an appointment.

The print is in rough shape; several frames are out of alignment, at times, while the whole picture looks bleached out and very fuzzy. As well, near the end of the film, a sign pops up indicating "reel 7"; fast forward and you can see the rest of the film.

This is one of three Best Picture nominees that have never been released on any home video format. The others are East Lynne (1931) and The Patriot (1928).



The film was a success at the box office.[1]


The White Parade was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar in 1934. Loretta Young also appeared in The House of Rothschild the same year, which was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.[2] The film was also nominated in the category Sound Recording (Edmund H. Hansen).


  1. ^ Churchill, Douglas W. The Year in Hollywood: 1934 May Be Remembered as the Beginning of the Sweetness-and-Light Era (gate locked); New York Times [New York, N.Y] 30 Dec 1934: X5. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
  2. ^ "The 7th Academy Awards (1935) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-08-07.

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