16-year-old Betty Grable, who had already been in films for 3 years, is the "Blonde Girl on the Couch" in the 1930s wild party sequence. The little girl playing the servant's daughter is Bonita Granville in one of her earliest roles.
One of the few Noël Coward plays to never have been revived, probably due to the huge scale of the production.
As of December 2018, this film has the lowest IMDb rating (6.0, along with Cimarron (1931)) and the fewest IMDb votes out of all Best Picture Oscar winners.
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.
Fox Movietone newsreel cameramen were dispatched to London to record the original stage production as a guide for the film-makers.
Although the film premiered in New York City on 5 January 1933, it did not go into general theatrical release until 15 April.
After playing a two-a-day reserved seat engagement at Broadway's Gaiety Theater, "Cavalcade" opened at the Radio City Music Hall, becoming the first film to be held over for a second week.
The film's Best Picture Oscar statuette sold for $332,165, when it was auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Memorabilia in February 2012.
The third war film within six years to win the Best Picture Academy Award, the others being Wings (1927) and All Quiet on the Western Front (1930).
In one of the many chapters presented in the film, there's a section dedicated to the sinking of Titanic. Coincidence or not, but this movie and Titanic, directed by James Cameron have a lot in common: both were winners of the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Art-Direction Oscars; both were produced by Fox; and both featured a scene on the ship where the background music playing was Johann Strauss' "The Blue Danube".
Diana Wynyard's only Oscar-nominated performance. Noël Coward was particularly enamored of her performance, saying it was "sincere and beautiful... as I had hoped to see in the picturisation of my play".
Noël Coward was paid $100,000 for the rights to the play and the songs he wrote for the play.
Diana Wynyard was honored with a footprints ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, in connection with this film.
In a 1952 survey by the Cinematheque Belgique, Luis Buñuel named this among his ten favorite films.
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 28, 1936 with Una O'Connor reprising her film role.
The film prominently features the RMS Titanic and received a wide release on April 15, 1933, the 21st anniversary of the Titanic sinking.
Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies.
Brian Aherne claims in his autobiography to have been offered a leading role.This he turned down to appear in a play on Broadway
When the Marryots arrive back home after their vacation in 1914, Jane Marryot and her friend Margaret Harris remove dust covers from the furniture in their house. Jane's son Joe sees them removing the dust covers and jokes that they are spring cleaning. It would be a little late for spring cleaning; as the day the scene is set, which is also the day England declares war on Germany during World War I, is August 4, 1914.