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As the Earth Turns (1934)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 14 February 1934 (USA)
Drama following the lives of an immigrant farm family in Maine.


Alfred E. Green


Gladys Hasty Carroll (based on novel by), Ernest Pascal (screen play)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Muir ... Jen Shaw
Donald Woods ... Stan Janowski
Russell Hardie ... Ed
Emily Lowry Emily Lowry ... Margaret
Arthur Hohl ... George Shaw
Dorothy Peterson ... Mil Shaw
David Landau ... Mark Shaw
Clara Blandick ... Cora
William Janney ... Ollie
Dorothy Appleby ... Doris
Sarah Padden ... Mrs. Janowski
Egon Brecher Egon Brecher ... Mr. Janowski
David Durand ... Manuel
Wally Albright ... John
Georgie Billings Georgie Billings ... Junior (as George Billings)


Drama following the lives of an immigrant farm family in Maine.

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Their trials and triumphs...their heart-aches and desperations...their loves and longings in a picture fashioned from the very patterns of life! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Lindsey Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - April 3, 1934) See more »


Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


Warner Bros. purchased the rights to the novel by Gladys Hasty Carroll for $25,000 ($478,000 in 2017). See more »


The sign on the train station misspells the town of Ogunquit, Maine as "Ogonquit". See more »


Doris: [to her step-sister, Jen] I never told you before, but I *despise* you. I'd rather die than be like you all- dumb, stupid, like a cow.
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Crazy Credits

The credits are presented in a leather book and a male hand turns each page. See more »


I'll String Along with You
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Stan asks about the man with Jen
Used as Stan and Jen's love theme
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Nothing New But Well Executed
29 January 2009 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

There is nothing much new in this story of poor farmers in Maine: their trials and tribulations, their hopes and dreams and the Polish family that bought the abandoned farm down the road. However, the performances are excellent. Jean Muir is luminous as the hard-working drudge who wants something more without quite understanding what, William Janney is her brother who is working his way through college and Donald Woods is as good in his miscast role as he can be: he is supposed to be Polish and a violinist, but his faking is as mismatched to the music as can be. Good thing that what he really wants to be is a farmer! But despite the excellence of the acting,it's largely repetitious of characters again and again: the kids are tired of the hard work, the father is understanding, the mother is shrill and grasping and so forth. After a while, it's a little too much.

Fans of star watching should keep a sharp eye out: Shirley Temple is listed on the IMDb as having her last uncredited role in this, the same year she became the biggest star at Fox. Interestingly, I was unable to spot her, nor is she listed in the AFI Catalogue as appearing here. If you do see her here, please let me know where.

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14 February 1934 (USA) See more »

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