6 March 2019 | MartinHafer
An interesting tribute to the women who served during WWI.
The cover to the DVD for "Forgotten Women" (an alternate title for "The Mad Parade") makes the film look a bit more salacious than it really is, as it's emblazened with the phrase "Shocking Pre-Code classic!". But it's really not all that shocking...even for 1931. Aside from some cursing, a trampy character and the fact that it's about women serving in the war, there isn't that much shocking content. Of course, if it was shown after the toughened Production Code of 1934, then these story elements might have been removed in order for the film to be allowed to be seen in theaters.
The story is a bit hard to follow, as there are a lot of women and at first it's easy to mix them up. It's a very episodic story....and shows how these women coped with the hellish conditions. While it seems very gritty, no film comes close to capturing the horrors of the war...and this one isn't as realistic as, say, "All Quiet on the Western Front". Essentially, the film is mostly about how these women cope...or don't cope...with death and destruction all around them.
Overall, a modestly interesting story...with a dandy finale. Not exactly a must see but a decent and watchable story nevertheless.