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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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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 ...
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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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

This was Alice Faye's first movie in Technicolor. See more »

Quotes

Dave Spingold: [to Molly] It'll be chiseled on my tombstone - Dave Spingold - Schlemiel.
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Soundtracks

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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They make the films which entertain the world
17 March 2001 | by (Annandale, VA) – See all my reviews

It's 1913. A studio prop boy spies the actress who is going to become Hollywood's next great movie star and he's the director that's going to make it happen. After inventing pie throwing and the keystone cops, his dream comes true. Being completely absorbed in his film-making, however, he fails to notice that he is losing his leading lady to another man. Several over-budget flops later, he is known as nothing more than the director who turned down Rin-tin-tin. Fortunately for him, the loyal and compassionate residents of Hollywood are untainted by ambition and ego. He'll be okay as long as he still has his friends.

This movie starts out as a mad-cap comedy typical of the time period, and in the opening scenes it holds its own with the best of them. It has a playful lack of self-consciousness which is sorely missing in most of today's comedies. Shortly into the film, however, it moves away from this mode of comedy and instead attempts to entertain us using the films within the film. These are silent slapstick comedies, well done but nothing out of the ordinary, and they go on for much longer than is necessary for any audience which has seen the originals. Upon returning, the film takes a dramatic turn. It's well written and the cast does an excellent job of making the transition, but the movie really should have decided from the beginning what it was going to be.

By the end of the film, it has transformed once again - this time into a paean to the glitter of Hollywood. The small town of Los Angeles has grown up into the city which makes the movies that entertain the whole world.

In spite of its promising beginnings, this film has not aged particularly well. Nevertheless, it does have some strong scenes, a certain nostalgic appeal, and an entertaining sub-text about the people who made it and the audiences it was made for.


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