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The World Moves On (1934)

Approved  |   |  Drama, History, Romance  |  31 August 1934 (USA)
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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
Sig Ruman ...
Baron von Gerhardt (as Siegfried Rumann)
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Baroness von Gerhardt
Raul Roulien ...
Carlos Girard (1825) / Henri Girard (1914)
Stepin Fetchit ...
Dixie
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)
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The Duallist (1825)
Marcelle Corday ...
Madame Girard II (1914)
Charles Bastin ...
Jacques Girard, the Boy (1914)
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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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According to Ford, he didn't like the script and was told by the producer to film it exactly as written with no changes to the script. Ford turned the lengthy and unwieldy finished product over to the producer and told him to edit it. See more »

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Features Wooden Crosses (1932) See more »

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Should She Desire Me Not
(uncredited)
Written by Louis De Francesco
Played and sung at the party in 1825
Played on piano by Franchot Tone, who also recites the lyrics
Played as background music often
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19 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

In the tradition of Fox Studios' Oscar-winning Cavalcade, The World Moves On covers over one hundred years in the lives of two Louisiana families: The Girards, of French extraction, and the Warburtons, formerly of Manchester. Forming an alliance by marriage in 1825, the families rapidly corner the cotton business in the South. Years later, three of Girard/Warburton sons split up to head business operations in England, France and Germany: as a result, descendants of the original families find themselves fighting on opposite sides during WW I (this episode is similar to a memorable sequence in the 1928 silent Four Sons, which like World Moves On was directed by John Ford). Surviving the war, Richard (Franchot Tone), the last of the descendants becomes a sharkish Wall Street speculator in the 1920s, ultimately losing his fortune in the Wall Street Crash. Bloody but unbowed, Richard and his wife Mary (Madeleine Carroll) cut their losses and return to their ancestral home, to start all over again. Both The World Moves On and the subsequent Fox production Road to Glory rely to a considerable extent upon stock footage from the grim 1931 French antiwar drama Wooden Crosses.


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