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:
Michael Linnett Connors
J. Edward Bromberg ...
Dave Spingold
Nicky Hayden
Pete Tinney
Jed Prouty ...
Chief of Police
Lyle P. Stout
George Givot ...
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
Assistant Director


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  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was the first film which combined black-and-white and color film stocks. See more »


Dave Spingold: [to Molly] It'll be chiseled on my tombstone - Dave Spingold - Schlemiel.
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Featured in Take It or Leave It (1944) See more »


Kol Nidrei
Traditional Jewish Chant
Sung by Al Jolson recreating a scene from 'The Jazz Singer'
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Hollywood Cavalcade was a nice tribute to silent pictures
6 October 2014 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

After about a year of this being on the "long wait" list on Netflix, the DVD was finally delivered a couple of days ago and I finally got to see this after about a couple of decades being curious about it because I read about Buster Keaton throwing a pie in the face of Alice Faye in his bio in an encyclopedia of movie comics called "Funsters". Seeing Keaton years after he seemed to have fallen on hard times due to his alcoholism was refreshing when he performs his silent antics especially when he does those pie scenes. Oh, and Ms. Faye does a nice tribute to Anita Garvin in The Battle of the Century when she falls on a pie. Don Ameche isn't bad as her director who guides her through slapstick comedies and then dramas but can't see the forest for the trees, if you know what I mean. Obviously, if you're familiar with silent movie history, you can see that Ms. Faye and Ameche are a mix of various celebrities from then but also Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand. Sennett himself cameos in a party scene making a speech on the fictional stars depicted. I did not notice James Finlayson-best known to me for his work with Laurel & Hardy-as one of the Keystone Cops. The silent comedy sequences were really well done. The dramatic scenes were okay. I'm guessing Al Jolson didn't recreate his blackface numbers from The Jazz Singer and instead did his stint as a cantor from that was because he already did those in a previous Faye picture called Rose of Washington Square. I'm obviously babbling now so on that note, I recommend Hollywood Cavalcade.

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