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Are We Civilized? (1934)

Approved | | Drama | 6 June 1934 (USA)
Paul is a European. He served in the army in the Great War. He emigrated to the USA. One day he returns to Europe and talks of freedom and liberty. The authorities (Nazi, but unnamed) come ... See full summary »

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Edwin Carewe

Writer:

Harold M. Sherman (story & dialogue) (as Harold Sherman)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Farnum ... Paul Franklin, Sr.
Anita Louise ... Norma Bockner
Frank McGlynn Sr. ... Abraham Lincoln, Felix Bockner
LeRoy Mason ... Paul Franklin Jr.
Oscar Apfel ... Dr. Leonard Gear
Stuart Holmes ... Col. Salter
Alin Cavin Alin Cavin ... Moses
Conrad Seideman Conrad Seideman ... Buddha (as Conrad Siderman)
Sidney T. Pink Sidney T. Pink ... Confucius
Harry Burkhardt ... Caesar
Charles Requa Charles Requa ... Christ
J.C. Fowler ... Mohammed
Bert Lindley ... Christopher Columbus
Aaron Edwards Aaron Edwards ... George Washington
William Humphrey ... Napoleon.
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Paul is a European. He served in the army in the Great War. He emigrated to the USA. One day he returns to Europe and talks of freedom and liberty. The authorities (Nazi, but unnamed) come down on him. It is their duty to spread racism and religious hatred. Paul gives the speech of a lifetime set against an epic series of films spread across the history of mankind.

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USA

Language:

English

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6 June 1934 (USA) See more »

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Raspin Productions See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Surprisingly pertinent to today
2 January 2012 | by Clark HollowaySee all my reviews

ARE WE CIVILIZED? stands as a fairly obvious anti-Nazi propaganda piece, but it is surprising pertinent in its warnings about the dangers of people surrendering their civil rights in this post 9-11 world. Perhaps its greatest failing is that its message is somewhat diminished by the nature of the historical events and personages used to describe mankind's progress towards civilization. The film seems to want to have it both ways: while great leaders advance civilization, the persistence of the people while suffering under the rule of dangerous warlords advances civilization as well. Under this theory, the extraordinary suffering humanity will soon endure through the upcoming Second World War could almost be seen as a good thing.


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