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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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Won 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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:

6 October 1933 (Netherlands) 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

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". 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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Remember Cavalcade?
6 November 2005 | by xerses13See all my reviews

That was a chapter heading in a book on the making of KING KONG. KING KONG which received no Oscar nominations and this one (1) won BEST PICTURE. That is why we were very interested in seeing it and were not disappointed. No need to go over the films short comings which some other reviewers have done. Though we don't see how being shot in B&W is relevant since that was the prevailing technology of the time.

The importance of the film is how the post (WWI) war generation viewed themselves and the tragedies, personal and international that transformed their world. The two (2) most powerful being the brief Titanic sequence and the montage of WWI where young men in an unending stream march into a Dante's Inferno never to return from that circle of hell. How the confidence of the Victorian/Edwardian age was shattered and their Empires were swept away or Gone With The Wind.

Film has clearly had it's influence and the most pronounced was in the SUPERIOR Jean Marsh television series UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS. If you cannot feel empathy for the characters of CAVALCADE you will in this. Do yourself a favor and watch CAVALCADE first. Watching both might get some people to, dare I say it, even read a book about that time period and realize that the current time does not have a monopoly upon conflict and pain.

One final comment KING KONG should of WON.


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