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Hollywood Cavalcade (1939)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama | History  -  13 October 1939 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Molly Adair
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Michael Linnett Connors
J. Edward Bromberg ...
Dave Spingold
Alan Curtis ...
Nicky Hayden
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Pete Tinney
Jed Prouty ...
Chief of Police
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Buster Keaton
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Lyle P. Stout
George Givot ...
Englishman
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Al Jolson-Recreation of Jazz Singer Scene (as Mr. Al Jolson)
Eddie Collins ...
Keystone Cop
Hank Mann ...
Keystone Cop
Heinie Conklin ...
Keystone Cop
James Finlayson ...
Keystone Cop
Chick Chandler ...
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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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Comedy | Drama | History

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13 October 1939 (USA)  »

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Budget:

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

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1.37 : 1
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Many film historians believe this movie was based off the real life story of Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand. Darryl F. Zanuck actually hired Mack Sennett to serve as a technical advisor for this film. See more »

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Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »

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By the Beautiful Sea
(1914)
Music by Harry Carroll
Lyrics Harold Atteridge
Played as background music for the bathing beauties scene
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Excellent half a film
11 September 2002 | by (Ventura, California) – See all my reviews

In the earliest years of silent cinema, former prop boy Mike (Don Ameche) "discovers" a charming Broadway understudy, Molly (Alice Faye), and impulsively hires her to a personal contract to star in pictures. With Mike as director, Molly is set to appear in a film with Buster Keaton as her boyfriend -- but things get out of hand, the first day on the set.

By accident, Buster flings a custard pie into Molly's lovely face, thus throwing off the rhythm of their primly choreographed love scene. Soon Molly, Buster, and the "villain" of their scene (George Givot) are covered in custard, and the laughing and applauding onlookers convince Mike he's discovered a new screen genre. He milks it for all it's worth, launching a series of slapstick comedies -- with pies, bathing beauties, and Keystone-style Kops -- all featuring Molly, who becomes a big star.

If "Hollywood Cavalcade" had continued in this same vein, it would probably have become a classic. Instead, about halfway through, Mike makes the decision to turn Molly into a dramatic actress, starring in serious photoplays and leaving her slapstick days behind.

The film's second half turns maudlin when Molly, whose love for Mike seems unrequited, marries her new costar Nicky (Alan Curtis). Having lost his biggest star, Mike slides into despair, his films regularly losing money. Then Nicky is killed in a traffic accident and Molly teams up with Mike again. They make a hit picture, and discover that they've loved each other all along.

"Hollywood Cavalcade" marked two firsts for Alice Faye: her first Technicolor film, and also the first in which she sings not a single note. But her performance was generally lauded by the film critics.






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