The winner of the 1934’s Best Picture Oscar proves that the Academy hasn’t changed its tune much in 50-plus years. Though films of that year, such as King Kong, still remain in the public psyche, Cavalcade, which is rarely seen now, fits the Academy’s bill as an “important” film, one worthy of the Best Picture title. It chronicles the life of two British families, from the eve of the 20th century to 1933. One family is upstairs, the other downstairs, but it’s less a view of the class struggle than a remembrance of things past. People honeymoon on the Titanic, they fight in the War to End All Wars, and they seem to entirely avoid the 1920s. Based upon Noel Coward’s play, young couples banter using frightfully high-tea terms – everyone’s a “dreadful,” “horrid,” or “pathetic.” A final montage tirade about the decrepit state of the times (hey, they did it back then, too!) almost knocks the legs out from under the whole proceedings, but it holds on. Stiff upper lip and all that.

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Cavalcade (1933)

War/Romance/Drama · 1h 52m

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The winner of the 1934’s Best Picture Oscar proves that the Academy hasn’t changed its tune much in 50-plus years. Though films of that year, such as King Kong, still remain in the public psyche, Cavalcade, which is rarely seen now, fits the Academy’s bill as an “important” film, one worthy of the Best Picture title. It chronicles the life of two British families, from the eve of the 20th century to 1933. One family is upstairs, the other downstairs, but it’s less a view of the class struggle than a remembrance of things past. People honeymoon on the Titanic, they fight in the War to End All Wars, and they seem to entirely avoid the 1920s. Based upon Noel Coward’s play, young couples banter using frightfully high-tea terms – everyone’s a “dreadful,” “horrid,” or “pathetic.” A final montage tirade about the decrepit state of the times (hey, they did it back then, too!) almost knocks the legs out from under the whole proceedings, but it holds on. Stiff upper lip and all that.

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United States

Production Company

Fox Film Corporation

Budget

$1,180,280
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Cast
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Diana Wynyard

Jane Marryot
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Clive Brook

Robert Marryot
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Una O'Connor

Ellen Bridges
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Herbert Mundin

Alfred Bridges
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Beryl Mercer

Cook
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Irene Browne

Margaret Harris
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Tempe Pigott

Mrs. Snapper
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Merle Tottenham

Annie
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Frank Lawton

Joe Marryot
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Ursula Jeans

Fanny Bridges
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Margaret Lindsay

Edith Harris
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John Warburton

Edward Marryot
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Billy Bevan

George Grainger
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Desmond Roberts

Ronnie James
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Dickie Henderson

Master Edward (as Dick Henderson Jr.)
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Douglas Scott

Master Joey
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Sheila MacGill

Edith
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Bonita Granville

Fanny
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Harry Allen

Busker (uncredited)
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Frank Atkinson

Uncle Dick (uncredited)
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Lionel Belmore

Uncle George (uncredited)
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Ted Billings

Newspaper Peddler (uncredited)
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Adele Crane

Ada - in the Show (uncredited)
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Howard Davies

Agitator (uncredited)
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Kay Deslys

Barmaid (uncredited)
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Mary Forbes

Duchess of Churt (uncredited)
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Betty Grable

Girl on Couch (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
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Dannie Mac Grant

Boy (uncredited)
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Lawrence Grant

Man at Microphone (uncredited)
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Stuart Hall

Lieutenant Edgar - in the Show (uncredited)
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Winter Hall

Minister on the Pulpit (uncredited)
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Brandon Hurst

Gilbert & Sullivan Actor (uncredited)
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Claude King

Speaker (uncredited)
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Eric Mayne

Doctor on Street (uncredited)
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Wilfrid North

Man Talking to Colonel (uncredited)
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Richard Quine

(uncredited)
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Tom Ricketts

Waiter (uncredited)
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John Rogers

Busker (uncredited)
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Ann Shaw

Mirabelle - in the Show (uncredited)
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C. Montague Shaw

Major Domo (uncredited)
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Yorke Sherwood

Cabby (uncredited)
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Pat Somerset

Ringsider (uncredited)
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Will Stanton

Tommy Jolly - in the Show (uncredited)
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Mary Stewart

Dancer / Singer (uncredited)
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Gelal Talata

Recruiting Girl Singer (uncredited)
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David Torrence

Man at Disarmament Conference (uncredited)
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Douglas Walton

Soldier Friend of Joe (uncredited)
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Marguerite Warner

Recruiting Girl Singer (uncredited)
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Eric Wilton

Robert - Marryot's Later Butler (uncredited)
Crew
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Frank Lloyd

Director
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Reginald Berkeley

Writer
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Sonya Levien

Writer
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Noël Coward

Writer
Disc Releases
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Cavalcade

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD, Low))

8/6/2013

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