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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.

Directors:

Irving Cummings, Buster Keaton (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Ernest Pascal (screenplay), Hilary Lynn (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alice Faye ... Molly Adair
Don Ameche ... Michael Linnett Connors
J. Edward Bromberg ... Dave Spingold
Alan Curtis ... Nicky Hayden
Stuart Erwin ... Pete Tinney
Jed Prouty ... Chief of Police
Buster Keaton ... Buster Keaton
Donald Meek ... Lyle P. Stout
George Givot ... Englishman
Al Jolson ... Al Jolson - Recreation of 'The Jazz Singer' Scene (as Mr. Al Jolson)
Eddie Collins Eddie Collins ... Keystone Kop
Hank Mann ... Keystone Kop
Heinie Conklin ... Keystone Kop
James Finlayson ... Keystone Kop
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 {J-26}

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Comedy | Drama | History

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Assim Nasceu o Cinema See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although a Twentieth Century-Fox picture, this is one of the few Hollywood-made films in which one studio (Fox) acknowledges and names the existence of another (Warner Bros.) and credits them with the introduction of talking pictures. Don Ameche is actually shown watching a scene from Warner's The Jazz Singer (1927), probably the only instance in Hollywood history where one studio shows another studio's work within a film. (Additionally, many other actual studios are mentioned in the dialogue, including Pathe, Vitagraph, Famous Players [later Paramount], Metro [later MGM] and United Artists.) Another rarity is that the head of the studio (J. Edward Bromberg) is openly portrayed as being Jewish. In later years Bromberg was blacklisted and sadly died from a heart attack while performing in a stage play in London, where he sought to restart his career. Fans of W.C. Fields will recognize Russell Hicks--who plays the stone-hearted money-man Roberts in this film--as fast-talking con man J. Frothingham Waterbury, who sold Fields shares in the Beefstake Mine in the classic comedy The Bank Dick (1940). See more »

Goofs

Connor mentions that "The Jazz Singer" was running all night long. In fact, it opened as a roadshow engagement--two shows a day. The Vitaphone discs were only playable for a maximum amount of 20, and would have needed almost constant replacement if it were running continuously. See more »

Quotes

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

Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Memories
(1915)
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Played as background music often
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Fun look behind the scenes of Hollywood
8 March 2001 | by jaynashvilSee all my reviews

What makes this one better than most "movie movies" is that it doesn't feel phony. The film the story of the hot-headed director and his rise and fall and rise, by using real recognizable names and events during the silent and early sound eras. Instead of the generic "sound will put us out of business" business, they actually SHOW Jolson and "The Jazz Singer". The acting is really quite good, with believeable performances from Don Ameche, Alice Faye and J. Edward Bromberg in particular.


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