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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Linnett Connors
Dave Spingold
Nicky Hayden
Pete Tinney
Jed Prouty ...
Chief of Police
Lyle P. Stout
Al Jolson-Recreation of Jazz Singer Scene (as Mr. Al Jolson)
Eddie Collins ...
Keystone Cop
Keystone Cop
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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Did You Know?


"Whispering" (music and lyrics by John Schonberger, Richard Coburn and Vincent Rose), sung by Alice Faye, was deleted from the film. See more »


Dave Spingold: [to Molly] It'll be chiseled on my tombstone - Dave Spingold - Schlemiel.
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Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »


Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Played as background music often
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Tribute to silent film comedies is hindered by a tiresome plot...
2 June 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

ALICE FAYE is very lovingly photographed in her first Technicolor film, even though it does require her to get a few pies thrown in her face. DON AMECHE puts so much energy into his role as a wanna be director that he often sounds like Jackie Gleason on "The Honeymooners" when he goes into one of his tirades. Both perform well within the limits of a tiresome boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy wins girl kind of story set against the early days of motion pictures.

The premise is a good one--using B&W whenever depicting scenes from the films that Molly Adair (Alice Faye) is doing with the Keystone Cops, Buster Keaton, Eddie Collins, Ben Turpin and Chester Conklin, real stars from the silent era. But what starts out as a promising romantic comedy soon delves into trite romantic situations with Faye pining for Ameche, whose mind is never on romance but only on hard work as he dreams up new ideas for her future films. ALAN CURTIS is the leading man Ameche chooses for her and she falls in love with him. But never fear, the script makes sure that she winds up with a reformed Ameche at the end.

Most of it is good fun but the middle part sags a bit and the script loses all originality once it starts to feel sorry for its heroine. It's a shame nobody gets a chance to sing or dance--which may have livened things up a little after the midway point.

Interesting mainly as a glimpse at how silent films were made from the period 1913 through 1928. There's even a peek at Al Jolson's breakthrough talkie "The Jazz Singer," although it's a recreation and not a clip from the original.

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