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As the Earth Turns (1934)

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


Alfred E. Green


Gladys Hasty Carroll (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)
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Drama following the lives of an immigrant farm family in Maine.

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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 »

Crazy Credits

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


In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree
(1905) (uncredited)
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
Played on the phonograph
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Interesting early talkie soap opera, generally well done
29 January 2009 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

Not exciting, not engrossing, but still interesting for its clear-cut characters involved in daily life.

That life is being lived, or at least survived, in the frozen wastes of Maine ... and in fact the very first scene is snowy wintertime, with a temperature of 12 below zero.

To those of us used to sunnier climes, perhaps it is a puzzle just why anyone would want to be in any place that suffered through those kinds of winters; and that anyone could enjoy such winters is, honestly, beyond me, and I spent some three winters in North (brrrr) Dakota.

Even more puzzling to us erstwhile desert-dwellers is that anyone could actually FARM such an environment.

In truth, though, that is part of what makes this movie as interesting as it is.

There really is a ring of truth: So many of the people do not, in fact, want to be farmers in snowy Maine, and that is the basis of some of the conflict that makes up this drama.

Most of the players are almost unknown today, although IMDb listing shows Shirley Temple in an unbilled bit. I didn't see her, but I'll look harder next time.

Despite their lack of fame, they show acting ability, and are nearly all thoroughly believable in this worthwhile film.

Added 11 January 2017: "As the Earth Turns" is available on YouTube, but for some reason in two parts and you will have to search for both. I hope you do.

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