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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
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Alfred Bridges
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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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,180,280 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,630,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first film produced by Fox to win the Best Picture Oscar. See more »

Goofs

The Titanic's port of registry was Liverpool, not Southampton. See more »

Quotes

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

Featured in Beyond Titanic (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D Major, Op. 39
(1901) (uncredited)
Music by Edward Elgar
In the score for the opening scene and at the end of World War I
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One of the great films of the 20th century
23 July 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Cavalcade is one of the great films of the 20th century, and was justifiably honoured as "best picture" by the Academy in 1932-33. It is a golden cinematic treasure- waiting to be found anew for those who may know nothing of its existence.

It is dated only for those who have no sense of history or cultural depth. It tells the story of England and western civilisation through the history of two families, the Marryots and Bridges. It is the same technique of intimate narrative history that was successfully used in "Roots" and other family-history sagas.

Noel Coward's highly successful London-set stage play "Cavalcade" was adapted for the big screen with a cry of "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!" It tells of the struggle of civility against the brutalising effects of war (and in particular the Great War).

It tells the story of Britain's struggle against barbarism in the late 19th and 20th century, and of old fashioned virtues in a world that seemed determined to leave them all behind. The final "march of the heroes of history" is perhaps quasi melodramatic Wagnerian mysticism, but it tightens the stiff upper lip- and makes me (for one) proud of Britain's contribution to the modern world.


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