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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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 ...
Assistant Director
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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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Comedy | Drama | History

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Release Date:

13 October 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Assim Nasceu o Cinema  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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Soundtracks

Oh, You Beautiful Doll
(1911)
Music by Nat Ayer
Lyrics by A. Seymour Brown
Played as accompaniment for a silent film
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Fun look behind the scenes of Hollywood
8 March 2001 | by (Nashville, TN) – See all my reviews

What makes this one better than most "movie movies" is that it doesn't feel phony. The film the story of the hot-headed director and his rise and fall and rise, by using real recognizable names and events during the silent and early sound eras. Instead of the generic "sound will put us out of business" business, they actually SHOW Jolson and "The Jazz Singer". The acting is really quite good, with believeable performances from Don Ameche, Alice Faye and J. Edward Bromberg in particular.


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