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Cavalcade (1933)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | 15 April 1933 (USA)
A cavalcade of English life from New Year's Eve 1899 until 1933 seen through the eyes of well-to-do Londoners Jane and Robert Marryot. Amongst events touching their family are the Boer War,... See full summary »

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Ellen Bridges
Herbert Mundin ...
Alfred Bridges
Beryl Mercer ...
Cook
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Margaret Harris
Tempe Pigott ...
Mrs. Snapper
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Annie
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Fanny Bridges
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Edith Harris
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Edward Marryot
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George Grainger
Desmond Roberts ...
Ronnie James
Dickie Henderson ...
Master Edward (as Dick Henderson Jr.)
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A cavalcade of English life from New Year's Eve 1899 until 1933 seen through the eyes of well-to-do Londoners Jane and Robert Marryot. Amongst events touching their family are the Boer War, the death of Queen Victoria, the sinking of the Titanic and the Great War. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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A love that suffered and rose triumphant above the crushing events of this modern age! The march of time measured by a mother's heart! See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Passed | See all certifications »

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15 April 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cabalgata  »

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$1,180,280 (estimated)
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(Western Electric System)

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1.37 : 1
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Noël Coward was particularly enamored of Diana Wynyard's performance, saying it was "sincere and beautiful... as I had hoped to see in the picturisation of my play". See more »

Goofs

A lady at this time never smoked in public. Diana Wynyard lights a cigarette in the train station and very graciously gives it to a wounded soldier, something a lady of that time would not have done. See more »

Quotes

Jane Marryot: There should never be any good reason for neglecting someone that you love.
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Connections

Version of The 20th Century-Fox Hour: Cavalcade (1955) See more »

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Hinky Dinky Parlay Voo (Mad'moiselle from Armentieres)
(1921) (uncredited)
Music by Irwin Dash
Lyrics by Al Dubin and Joe Mittenthal
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See this film now, as we enter a new century.
18 June 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is an extraordinary film, from a play by Noel Coward. Starting on New Years Eve in 1899, the film goes on an emotional ride through 33 years of British history - ending on New Years Eve 1932. Through the lives of the members of one household (and two families one upper class, the other their servants)we visit the Boer War, the death of Queen Victoria, the Titanic, World War One and the Jazz Age. The film ends with the hope of a more peaceful world - a hope saddened by our knowledge that 1933 was to be the year that Hitler came to power.

This is very much an anti-war film, with the World War One scenes very powerful and the sad loss of a mother portrayed vividly as a woman learns of the death of her son as the rest of the world celebrates the end of the war. You won't forget this image.

Sumptuously shot and beautifully directed, the film is best when it is visual as it does suffer some of the sound problems associated with early talkies - and some of the acting is a little melodramatic. Diana Wynard's performance alternates between magnificent and hammy constantly - suggesting she was a little uncertain how to act for the camera. And look out quickly for an early portrayal of a gay male couple (snuck in by Coward I suspect!).

But this film is astonishingly relevant to us as we move into a new century. Let's not repeat the mistakes of the last. Coward speaks to us strongly from the grave.


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