Cavalcade is a 1933 American drama film directed by Frank Lloyd. The screenplay is based on the 1931 play of the same name by British playwright Noël Coward. At the time, the film was released in the Netherlands under the title Het epos eener generatie.
Katharine Hepburn, born May 12, 1907 in Hartford (Connecticut) and died June 29, 2003 in Old Saybrook (Connecticut), is an American actress.
Nicknamed “Miss Kate”, Hepburn is among the great Hollywood myths. With a strong temperament, she refuses the conventions, eclectic and prolific, she excels in the register of young women or old girls embittered (especially in comedies George Cukor and Howard Hawks) before assuming the costume of rulers of Scotland and England (for John Ford and Anthony Harvey).
She holds the record, unmatched until now, of the most Oscar-winning actress in the world, since she received the Oscar for best actress four times. In 1999, Katharine Hepburn was classified by the American Film Institute as the “greatest legendary actress of American cinema”. She is not related to the actress Audrey Hepburn, third in the same ranking.
Charles Laughton (Scarborough (UK), July 1, 1899 – Hollywood (USA), December 15, 1962) was an English actor and director who also created a furor in Hollywood.
Laughton was the son of Robert Laughton and Elizabeth Conlon. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in Stonyhurst, where he received a distinction. From 1926 he was on the boards, co-founding a film company with Erich Pommer in 1937: Mayflower Pictures Corp. In 1950, Laughton became an American citizen. Five years later, he directed a film, The Night of the Hunter, in which he did not play himself. It starred Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters and Lillian Gish. It would remain his first and only self-directed film.
Laughton was married to the actress Elsa Lanchester from 1929 until his death.
Frank William George Lloyd (Glasgow, February 2, 1886 – Santa Monica, August 10, 1960) was a British-American actor, director and film producer.
Frank Lloyd was born in the Scottish city of Glasgow in 1886. The son of a singer, he was soon introduced to the theater world. He emigrated to Canada in 1910 and toured with a theater company there. In 1913, he was contracted by Carl Laemmle as an actor with the film studio Universal. One year later, Lloyd shot his first short film as a director.
In 1916, he transferred to the Fox film company. Then he directed such literary film adaptations as Les Misérables (1917) and Oliver Twist (1922). His film adaptation of Black Oxen (1923) marked the greatest success of her career for actress Corinne Griffith. In 1927, Lloyd was one of the 36 founding members of the American Film Academy AMPAS.
For the film The Divine Lady, he won his first Oscar for best director in 1929. That year he was also nominated in the same category for two other films. Unlike many other directors, Lloyd encountered no problems in the transition to sound film. For the print Cavalcade, he received his second Oscar for best director in 1934.
Two years later, the director received his last Oscar nomination for the adventure film Mutiny on the Bounty starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable. In the 1940s, he worked primarily as a film producer for Fox, Paramount and Universal. During that period he produced, among other films, the feature film Saboteur (1942) directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
In 1945, he retired from the film industry. He returned from retirement in 1954 to direct the films The Shanghai Story and The Last Command.