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Hollywood Cavalcade (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, History | 13 October 1939 (USA)
Starting in 1913 movie director Connors discovers singer Molly Adair. As she becomes a star she marries an actor, so Connors fires them. She asks for him as director of her next film. Many silent stars shown making the transition to sound.

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Michael Linnett Connors
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Dave Spingold
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Nicky Hayden
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Pete Tinney
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Chief of Police
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Lyle P. Stout
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Englishman
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Al Jolson-Recreation of Jazz Singer Scene (as Mr. Al Jolson)
Eddie Collins ...
Keystone Cop
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Storyline

Michael Linnett Connors takes Molly Adair from Broadway understudy to 1913 Hollywood star. Although she is in love with him, she marries her co-star reckoning wrongly Connors thinks of her only in terms of movies. He fires her in pique, apparently terminally damaging his career. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Assim Nasceu o Cinema  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Although a Twentieth Century-Fox picture, this is one of the few Hollywood-made films in which one studio (Fox) acknowledges and names the existence of another (Warner Bros.) and credits them with the introduction of talking pictures. Don Ameche is actually shown watching a scene from Warner's The Jazz Singer (1927) , probably the only instance in Holywood history where one studio shows another studio's work within a film. Another rarity is that the head of the studio (J. Edward Bromberg) is openly portrayed as being Jewish. In later years Bromberg was blacklisted and sadly died from a heart attack while performing in a stage play in London, where he sought to restart his career. Fans of W.C. Fields will recognize Russell Hicks, who plays the stone-hearted money-man Roberts in "Hollywood Calvacade," as fast-talking con man J. Frothingham Waterbury, who sold Fields shares in the Beefstake Mine in the classic comedy The Bank Dick (1940). See more »

Quotes

Dave Spingold: [to Molly] It'll be chiseled on my tombstone - Dave Spingold - Schlemiel.
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Memories
(1915)
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
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Pique Rules And Rues The Day
1 July 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

After doing a character based on Fanny Brice in Rose Of Washington Square, Alice Faye in Hollywood Cavalcade decided to do an early version of the story of Mack and Mabel for Hollywood Cavalcade. Alice does not come to as tragic an end as Mabel Normand and Don Ameche as the Mack Sennett character had far more grandiose ambitions than Sennett ever had.

Budding young director Don Ameche sent to sign stage actress Alice Faye for a studio instead signs her to a personal contract and then uses that to blackjack studio boss Donald Meek into a chance for him to direct the film. Meek reluctantly caves in, but the film is a hit, a star is born and nothing succeeds like success and careers for Ameche and Faye are born.

Ameche loves Faye enough, but never shows a tender side always thinking of business. She marries co-star Alan Curtis and they become instead of Mack and Mabel more like Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. Ameche in a fit of pique tears up their contract and then makes a series of bonehead decisions that tears up his career.

For reasons that remain inexplicable Darryl Zanuck decided to cut a version of Alice Faye singing Whispering and the song is only heard in the background. As the song perfectly suits Faye's warm contralto, film fans are left with a loss. Maybe it will be restored one day to Hollywood Cavalcade.

The main weakness of Hollywood Cavalcade comes from Ameche who is too much the nice guy to play the part he does. This role far more suited Tyrone Power who had the hero/heel down to perfection.

On the plus side we get to see Buster Keaton playing himself and many of the original Keystone Kops in a film showing the development of slapstick comedy. Alice takes a good pie in the face. And Al Jolson repeats his singing of the Kol Nidre chant from the Yom Kippur scene in The Jazz Singer. Good thing Faye was not involved in a scene with Jolson because after working with him on Rose Of Washington Square she could not stand him.

Hollywood Cavalcade is not a bad film, but some mistakes made in casting and in editing left it not as good as it could have been.


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