Hollywood Cavalcade

Hollywood Cavalcade is a 1939 American film featuring Alice Faye as a young performer making her way in the early days of Hollywood, from slapstick silent pictures through the transition from silent to sound.

Hollywood Cavalcade
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Directed byIrving Cummings
Produced byDarryl F. Zanuck
Written byErnest Pascal
Story byHilary Lynn
Brown Holmes
StarringAlice Faye
Don Ameche
J. Edward Bromberg
Alan Curtis
Music byCyril J. Mockridge
CinematographyAllen M. Davey
Ernest Palmer
Edited byWalter Thompson
20th Century Fox
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • October 13, 1939 (1939-10-13)
Running time
97 min.
CountryUnited States

Atypical for Faye's 20th Century Fox output, this has no musical numbers, and the tone is more dramatic than comic. (The alternate title was Falling Stars.) The first part of the film provides a fictionalized look at silent-era performers and their productions.


In 1913, Director Michael Linnett Connors (Don Ameche), chooses Broadway star Molly Adair (Alice Faye) to be in his next film. Although she is in love with him, she marries her co-star Nicky Hayden (Alan Curtis), wrongly thinking that Connors thinks of her only in terms of movies. Connors misunderstands her and fires her, but with that his career quickly declines with the beginning of the sound era.


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