Cavalcade (1933)

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The triumphs and tragedies of two English families, the upper-crust Marryots and the working-class Bridges, from 1899 to 1933 are portrayed.

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  • Margaret Lindsay and John Warburton in Cavalcade (1933)
  • Dickie Henderson and Douglas Scott in Cavalcade (1933)
  • Clive Brook and Diana Wynyard in Cavalcade (1933)
  • Clive Brook in Cavalcade (1933)
  • Una O'Connor and Diana Wynyard in Cavalcade (1933)
  • Clive Brook and Diana Wynyard in Cavalcade (1933)

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13 May 2007 | nnnn45089191
| Dated family saga of the early 20th century
In a year that produced enduring classics like "King Kong,Dinner at Eight,Queen Christina and 42nd Street",just to mention a few examples of this amazing crop of films,"Cavalcade" managed to be awarded with the Oscar for best picture.This dated and quite boring movie didn't deserve such an honor.Based on the play by Noel Coward about two British families (one aristocratic and one of working-class stock)the movie traces their lives through the three first decades of the 20th century.With the possibilities that the story gave of making a grand epic saga,the film makers opted for more or less to reproduce the play as filmed theater only with montages of those world shattering events of the early 20th century.This almost killed the movie for me.The acting is not especially noteworthy except for the performance of Herbert Mundin.The movie is quite interesting in it's depiction of the old Edwardian society trying to adjust to the upheavals of the times and not quite managing it. Although I found it hard to sit through the movie isn't quite a waste of time because of its historical significance.

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The play opened in London on 6 September 1931 and had 405 performances. Una O'Connor, Irene Browne and Merle Tottenham originated their movie roles in the play.


Jane Marryot: Thank you Bridges.
Robert Marryot: Everything ready Bridges?
Alfred Bridges: Yes sir.
Jane Marryot: Thought we should never get here in time. I'm sure that cabby was tipsy Robert.
Robert Marryot: So am I; he called me his old coccolare.
Jane Marryot: Oh, what did you say?
Robert Marryot: Gave him another shilling.


The Titanic's port of registry was Liverpool, not Southampton.

Alternate Versions

The Fox Movie Channel (FMC) broadcasts the British version of the film, which had fewer onscreen credits than the American version. (The last title card reads "Distributed by Fox Film Co. Ltd., 13 Berners St. London, W.") Omitted in the British version were credits for the assistant director, dialogue director, film editor and costumes. In addition, it specified that the film was based on Charles B. Cochran's Drury Lane production. The IMDb credits are based on the American version, as listed in the AFI Catalogue of Feature Films, 1931 - 1940, which they determined from the records of Twentieth Century-Fox legal department. The soundtrack may also have been different in these two versions. Performance data in the IMDb soundtrack listing, however, was compiled from the viewed British version.


Military Mary Ann
(1909) (uncredited)
Music by
Louis A. Hirsch
Lyrics by Edward Madden
Sung by one of the recruiting girls in a nightclub


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