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'Cavalcade' Movie Review: Hail Britain!

CAVALCADE (1933) Dir.: Frank Lloyd Cast: Clive Brook, Diana Wynyard, Herbert Mundin, Una O'Connor, Beryl Mercer, Irene Browne, Merle Tottenham, Frank Lawton, Ursula Jeans, Margaret Lindsay Scr.: Reginald Berkeley, Sonya Levien; from Noel Coward's 1931 play Oscar Movies, Pre-Code Movies Herbert Mundin, Diana Wynyard, Clive Brook, Una O'Connor, Cavalcade Synopsis: Upstairs, Robert and Jane Marryot (Clive Brook, Diana Wynyard), and downstairs, Alfred and Ellen Bridges (Herbert Mundin, Una O'Connor), in a British household, from 1900 to 1933. The Pros: Cavalcade won Best Picture and Best Director Oscars for the period 1932-33 (basically from Aug. '32-Dec. '33) and was reportedly the biggest box office hit of 1933, grossing more than $3.5 million (approx. $121 million today*). That makes it a historical […]


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'Cavalcade' Movie Review: Hail Britain!



Frank Lloyd: Two-Time Best Director Oscar Winner Q&A

Frank Lloyd. Like many other Hollywood filmmakers of the studio era, Frank Lloyd (1886-1960) is hardly remembered today despite his numerous box office successes – e.g., The Sea Hawk (1924), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), Wells Fargo (1937) – and no less than two Best Director Academy Awards, for The Divine Lady (1929) and Cavalcade (1933). With Frank Lloyd: Master of Screen Melodrama (BearManor Media, 2009), author and film historian Anthony Slide rectifies that matter. In his book, which focuses on Lloyd's most important screen efforts, Tony (we've been friends for years) makes it clear that by disregarding Frank Lloyd's body of work film historians are doing a disservice to Hollywood's past. In addition to his two Best Director wins, […]


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Frank Lloyd: Two-Time Best Director Oscar Winner Q&A