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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.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Reginald Berkeley (screenplay), Reginald Berkeley (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Madeleine Carroll ... Mrs. Warburton, 1825 / Mary Warburton Girard, 1914
Franchot Tone ... Richard Girard - 1825 / Richard Girard - 1914
Reginald Denny ... Erik von Gerhardt
Sig Ruman ... Baron von Gerhardt (as Siegfried Rumann)
Louise Dresser ... 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 Brenda Fowler ... Madame Agnes Girard (1825)
Russell Simpson ... Notary (1825)
Walter McGrail ... The Duallist (1825)
Marcelle Corday ... Madame Girard II (1914)
Charles Bastin Charles Bastin ... Jacques Girard, the Boy (1914)
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

31 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paz en la Tierra See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$727,400 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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Soundtracks

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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Stilted drama: for fans of Madeleine Carroll only.
27 November 1999 | by rfkeserSee all my reviews

Starting in the Civil War South like an across-the-generations romance in the manner of SMILIN' THROUGH, this stilted drama then slogs through World War I and the Great Depression like an American CAVALCADE. John Ford effectively showcases the luminous Madeleine Carroll [including a QUEEN CHRISTINA-like moment of gazing out to sea], but otherwise directs with little commitment to the material. Franchot Tone conveys zero chemistry with his leading lady, so he just goes through the motions, while Ford favorite Stepin Fetchit works his offensive "shuffling darkie" routine, but in Paris. The screenplay seems especially turgid since the situations are arbitrary and reveal little about the characters. Despite an occasional imaginative touch, this all makes for a long 107 minutes.


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