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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
J. Edward Bromberg ...
Dave Spingold
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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
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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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13 October 1939 (USA)  »

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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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This was the first film which combined black-and-white and color film stocks. See more »

Quotes

Dave Spingold: [to Molly] It'll be chiseled on my tombstone - Dave Spingold - Schlemiel.
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Kol Nidrei
Traditional Jewish Chant
Sung by Al Jolson recreating a scene from 'The Jazz Singer'
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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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