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Cavalcade (1933)

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

Director:

Frank Lloyd

Writers:

Reginald Berkeley (screen play), Sonya Levien (continuity)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana Wynyard ... Jane Marryot
Clive Brook ... Robert Marryot
Una O'Connor ... Ellen Bridges
Herbert Mundin ... Alfred Bridges
Beryl Mercer ... Cook
Irene Browne ... Margaret Harris
Tempe Pigott ... Mrs. Snapper
Merle Tottenham ... Annie
Frank Lawton ... Joe Marryot
Ursula Jeans ... Fanny Bridges
Margaret Lindsay ... Edith Harris
John Warburton ... Edward Marryot
Billy Bevan ... George Grainger
Desmond Roberts ... Ronnie James
Dickie Henderson Dickie Henderson ... Master Edward (as Dick Henderson Jr.)
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Storyline

A cavalcade of English life from New Year's Eve 1899 until 1933 seen through the eyes of well-to-do Londoners Jane and Robert Marryot. Amongst events touching their family are the Boer War, the death of Queen Victoria, the sinking of the Titanic and the Great War. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

MAGNITUDE never before attempted TITANIC in its sweep APPEALING to every emotion to which the human heart is susceptible. (Print Ad- Plattsburg Daily Republican,((Plattsburg, NY)) 8 June 1933) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cabalgata See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,180,280 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,630,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,440,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Noël Coward was particularly enamored of Diana Wynyard's performance, saying it was "sincere and beautiful . . . as I had hoped to see in the picturisation of my play". See more »

Goofs

A lady at this time never smoked in public. Jane lights a cigarette in the train station and very graciously gives it to a wounded soldier, something a lady of that time would not have done. See more »

Quotes

Jane Marryot: There should never be any good reason for neglecting someone that you love.
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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. See more »

Connections

Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played by an off-screen band
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See this film now, as we enter a new century.
18 June 1999 | by David-240See all my reviews

This is an extraordinary film, from a play by Noel Coward. Starting on New Years Eve in 1899, the film goes on an emotional ride through 33 years of British history - ending on New Years Eve 1932. Through the lives of the members of one household (and two families one upper class, the other their servants)we visit the Boer War, the death of Queen Victoria, the Titanic, World War One and the Jazz Age. The film ends with the hope of a more peaceful world - a hope saddened by our knowledge that 1933 was to be the year that Hitler came to power.

This is very much an anti-war film, with the World War One scenes very powerful and the sad loss of a mother portrayed vividly as a woman learns of the death of her son as the rest of the world celebrates the end of the war. You won't forget this image.

Sumptuously shot and beautifully directed, the film is best when it is visual as it does suffer some of the sound problems associated with early talkies - and some of the acting is a little melodramatic. Diana Wynard's performance alternates between magnificent and hammy constantly - suggesting she was a little uncertain how to act for the camera. And look out quickly for an early portrayal of a gay male couple (snuck in by Coward I suspect!).

But this film is astonishingly relevant to us as we move into a new century. Let's not repeat the mistakes of the last. Coward speaks to us strongly from the grave.


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