Looking Back: Cavalcade

I’ve finally done it. All my backlog reviews (the reviews I wrote before I started doing video reviews) for my And the Oscar Goes to series have been finished. I present to you my video review of Cavalcade. It’s a 1933 film directed by two time Academy Award winner Frank Lloyd, who also directed the 1935 Best Picture winner Mutiny on the Bounty. Cavalcade is based on the hit Noel Coward play of the same name. It stars Diana Wynyard and Clive Brook as a wife and husband who, along with their children (played by John Warburton and Frank Lawton) and their servants (played by Una O’Connor and Herbert Mundin), experience the tragedies and wars that occur between 1899 and 1933.

The 1932 play it was based on was a massive affair. At times there were 500 people on the Drury Lane stage, there were 25 changes of scenery, double-decker buses, and horses and locomotives were used. The play ran for a year with 405 performances under its belt. The only cast member to playing a primary role in the play and the movie was Una O’Connor. Cavalcade the play has been performed since then but to no where near the same scale.

Cavalcade the movie is sadly not so good. It’s story and themes in concept are great but a lot is lost in execution. Watch my review to find out the specifics. Enjoy! 🙂

P.S. The written review for Cavalcade can be found here: https://thecinematicpackrat.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/and-the-oscar-goes-to-cavalcade/

P.P.S. The Casablanca review will hopefully be coming in a month or less, but I have other things on plate to get to first. So no promises.


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