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Hollywood Cavalcade (1939) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Irving Cummings and Malcolm St. Clair and produced by Harry Joe Brown and Darryl F. Zanuck.

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Silents in Talkies: Hollywood Cavalcade (1939)

By Fritzi Kramer on Nov 4, 2013 From Movies Silently

Welcome to another installment of Silents in Talkies. In this series, I review sound movies?that are either about the silent era or that incorporate silent films into their story. I will review the film itself and then briefly discuss whether the film helped or harmed public perception of the silent... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: HOLLYWOOD CAVALCADE (1939)

By Jennifer Garlen on Oct 1, 2013 From Virtual Virago

Fox’s Technicolor Tinseltown retrospective is by no means one of the most significant pictures to come out in 1939, but Hollywood Cavalcade has its charms as a sentimental tribute to the silent film era. Like the later - and much better - MGM musical, Singin’ in the Rain (1952), this sto... Read full article


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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 , probably the only instance in Holywood history where one studio shows another studio's work within a film. 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 ended up committing suicide. Fans of W.C. Fields will recognize Russell Hicks, who plays the stone-hearted money-man Roberts in "Hollywood Calvacade," as fast-talking con man J. Frothingham Waterbury, who sold Fields shares in the Beefstake Mine in the classic comedy The Bank Dick.
Many film historians believe this movie was based off the real life story of Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand. Darryl F. Zanuck actually hired Mack Sennett to serve as a technical advisor for this film.
"Whispering" (music and lyrics by John Schonberger, Richard Coburn and Vincent Rose), sung by Alice Faye, was deleted from the film.
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