Up 42,161 this week

Hollywood Cavalcade (1939)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, History  |  13 October 1939 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 273 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 5 critic

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.


, (uncredited) , 1 more credit »


(screenplay), (story), 4 more credits »
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

TV Spotlight: The Top 10 Episodes of "The Walking Dead"

We've curated a list of the top 10 episodes of "The Walking Dead" according to the IMDb user ratings.

Read More

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1951 titles
created 23 Jun 2012
a list of 192 titles
created 25 Jun 2012
a list of 57 titles
created 07 Jul 2013
a list of 49 titles
created 07 Jul 2014
a list of 9 titles
created 4 days ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Hollywood Cavalcade (1939)

Hollywood Cavalcade (1939) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hollywood Cavalcade.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Joe, inventor in an American Small town of 1895 has problems with his new invention, a car, driven with a gasoline motor. Everybody is making fun about his "crazy invention", only his girl ... See full summary »

Directors: Roy Rowland, Buster Keaton, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Red Skelton, Sally Forrest, Macdonald Carey
Easy to Wed (1946)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

To prevent a libel case against the paper, a reporter tries to compromise the reputation of a tycoon's slandered daughter.

Directors: Edward Buzzell, Buster Keaton, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Van Johnson, Esther Williams, Lucille Ball
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In turn-of-the-century San Francisco, an ambitious vaudevillian takes his quartet from a honky tonk to the big time, while spurning the love of his troupe's star singer for a selfish heiress.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Stars: Alice Faye, John Payne, Jack Oakie
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An unimpressive but well intending man is given the chance to marry a popular actress, of whom he has been a hopeless fan. But what he doesn't realize is that he is being used to make the actress' old flame jealous.

Directors: Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Dorothy Sebastian, Edward Earle
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A singer becomes a star in the Ziegfeld Follies, but her marriage to a con man has a bad effect on her career.

Director: Gregory Ratoff
Stars: Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Al Jolson
College (1927)
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

To reconcile with his girlfriend, a bookish college student tries to become an athlete.

Directors: James W. Horne, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Anne Cornwall, Flora Bramley
On the Avenue (1937)
Musical | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Broadway producer satirizes an important New York family. The family sues but their daughter falls in love with producer.

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Dick Powell, Madeleine Carroll, Alice Faye
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A man tries passing off a socially awkward fellow as a Casanova in the hopes of marrying off his would be sister-in-law.

Director: Edward Sedgwick
Stars: Buster Keaton, Charlotte Greenwood, Reginald Denny
Go West (1925)
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

With little luck at keeping a job in the city a New Yorker tries work in the country and eventually finds his way leading a herd of cattle to the West Coast.

Director: Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Howard Truesdale, Kathleen Myers
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After WWI two men go into radio. Failure leads the wife of one to borrow money from another; she goes on, after separation, to stardom. A coast-to-coast radio program is set up to bring ... See full summary »

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: Alice Faye, Jack Oakie, John Payne
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Nan Spencer is on a boat bound for Havana which runs aground. The man sent to rescue her is engaged and she doesn't understand his disinterest. Gambler is interested, to the annoyance of his girlfriend.

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, John Payne
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two brothers struggle as wildcat truck drivers; one comes to harm, the other is accused of his friend's murder.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: George Raft, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Drama | History


Passed | See all certifications »




Release Date:

13 October 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Assim Nasceu o Cinema  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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.
See more »


References The Jazz Singer (1927) See more »


Happy Birthday to You
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Played at the anniversary party
Sung by the guests with modified lyrics ("Happy Anniversary To You")
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

This is a great film!
10 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is a movie about the old silent movie days in Hollywood and I think one of the best movies about the subject. Don Ameche and Alice Faye are terrific. But in my opinion the real treat is watching Buster Keaton perform his unforgettable slapstick for the first scene in the movie studio, and the recreation of an old Mack Sennett style comedy. (Which was supervised by Mack himself.) This is a great movie for silent film buffs... and anyone for that matter. But unfortunately you can't get it on video, but it's on T.V every once in a while so try and catch it. Chio!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD release? rsyung
Automobile used in Hollywood Cavalcade touristk8
The Pie Scene georgestrum
Discuss Hollywood Cavalcade (1939) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: