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The World Moves On (1934)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 31 August 1934 (USA)
Richard Girard is part of a New Orleans family working closely with the English Warburtons. When Richard meets Mary Warburton she is engaged to Erik von Gerardt. He does wed Mary but their time in America is financially difficult.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mrs. Warburton, 1825 / Mary Warburton Girard, 1914
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Richard Girard - 1825 / Richard Girard - 1914
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Erik von Gerhardt
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Baron von Gerhardt (as Siegfried Rumann)
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Baroness von Gerhardt
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Carlos Girard (1825) / Henri Girard (1914)
Stepin Fetchit ...
Dixie
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Gabriel Warburton (1825) / Sir John Warburton (1914)
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Mr. Manning
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John Girard (1825)
Brenda Fowler ...
Madame Agnes Girard (1825)
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Notary (1825)
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The Duallist (1825)
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Madame Girard II (1914)
Charles Bastin ...
Jacques Girard, the Boy (1914)
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Richard Girard is part of a New Orleans family working closely with the English Warburtons. When Richard meets Mary Warburton she is engaged to Erik von Gerardt. He does wed Mary but their time in America is financially difficult.

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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31 August 1934 (USA)  »

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Paz en la Tierra  »

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$727,400 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This was the first film to be granted the production seal of approval under new guidelines set forth by the Production Code Administration Office and the Motion Picture Producers and Directors of America. The modern US ratings system continued its numbering system, which granted certificates to over 40,000 titles by the mid-2000s. See more »

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Features Les croix de bois (1932) See more »

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Rhapsody in Blue
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Music by George Gershwin (1924)
Played as background to introduce the year 1924
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The Rothschilds of Cotton
14 January 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

For a John Ford film this one is usually not mentioned in any retrospectives I know concerning his career. For a film that is internationalistic in scope it gets sadly neglected.

Another reviewer compared The World Moves On to Cavalcade which came out a year earlier. For me this film most closely resembled The House Of Rothschild only instead of money the commodity is cotton and in the 19th century. In some places cotton was considered a kind of currency like in the American south. In 1825 the American family Girard merges with the British Warburtons and then has other sons settle in France and Germany just like Nathan Rothschild's kids as early proponents of globalism.

After an 1825 prologue the action skips to 1914 where Sig Ruman of the German branch is hosting a big blowout with nary a thought to a possible war breaking out. War and the Roaring 20s type materialistic peace that followed are what is dealt with.

By the way also watching this film I did wonder just how the combine managed to weather the American Civil War. But that was never mentioned.

The film focuses on Franchot Tone of the American branch and Madeleine Carroll of the English Warburtons. They marry and she jilts Reginald Denny of the German branch in the process. Then Tone almost on a lark enlists in the French Army. The family with losses both financial and personal carries on though.

Shoehorned into the film is Stepin Fetchit in a real travesty of a role. He's the family retainer as he usually is. Here he spots some French Senegalese African soldiers in dress uniforms and he thinks it's a lodge and wants to join. Of course he's eagerly recruited. Today's viewers might not realize but the popular Amos N' Andy radio show had their protagonists as members of the Mystic Knights Of The Sea Lodge. That reference to a lodge would not have been lost on a 1934 viewer. Stepin Fetchit's role adds zero to the story and it's more offensive than usual.

Best part of The World Moves On are the battle scenes in World War I. They are not glamorized in any way, hardly like one of Ford's cavalry epics.

I rate The World Moves On as low as I do because of Stepin Fetchit. Had he not been there this would far higher on John Ford's list of films for quality.


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