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Cast overview, first billed only:
Madeleine Carroll ...
Mrs. Warburton, 1825 / Mary Warburton Girard, 1914
Richard Girard - 1825 / Richard Girard - 1914
Erik von Gerhardt
Sig Ruman ...
Baron von Gerhardt (as Siegfried Rumann)
Louise Dresser ...
Baroness von Gerhardt
Raul Roulien ...
Carlos Girard (1825) / Henri Girard (1914)
Stepin Fetchit ...
Lumsden Hare ...
Gabriel Warburton (1825) / Sir John Warburton (1914)
Dudley Digges ...
Mr. Manning
Frank Melton ...
John Girard (1825)
Brenda Fowler ...
Madame Agnes Girard (1825)
Russell Simpson ...
Notary (1825)
Walter McGrail ...
The Duallist (1825)
Marcelle Corday ...
Madame Girard II (1914)
Charles Bastin ...
Jacques Girard, the Boy (1914)


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Drama | History | Romance | War






Release Date:

31 August 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The World Moves On  »

Box Office


$727,400 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Following the attack on a luxury liner by a German submarine, two Allied war ships are seen steaming to the datum. One is HMS Relentless (H85); the other is USS Preble (DD 345). See more »


Featured in Directed by John Ford (1971) See more »


Rhapsody in Blue
Music by George Gershwin (1924)
Played as background to introduce the year 1924
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Stilted drama: for fans of Madeleine Carroll only.
27 November 1999 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Starting in the Civil War South like an across-the-generations romance in the manner of SMILIN' THROUGH, this stilted drama then slogs through World War I and the Great Depression like an American CAVALCADE. John Ford effectively showcases the luminous Madeleine Carroll [including a QUEEN CHRISTINA-like moment of gazing out to sea], but otherwise directs with little commitment to the material. Franchot Tone conveys zero chemistry with his leading lady, so he just goes through the motions, while Ford favorite Stepin Fetchit works his offensive "shuffling darkie" routine, but in Paris. The screenplay seems especially turgid since the situations are arbitrary and reveal little about the characters. Despite an occasional imaginative touch, this all makes for a long 107 minutes.

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