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The World Moves On

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The World Moves On
Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by John Ford
Release Date June 28, 1934
Language English
Studio Fox Film Corporation
Distributor Fox Film Corporation
Main Cast
Character Actor
Richard Girard Franchot Tone
Mrs. Warburton, 1825/
Mary Warburton Girard, 1914
Madeleine Carroll
Erik von Gerhardt Reginald Denny
Baron von Gerhardt Sig Ruman
Baroness von Gerhardt Louise Dresser
Mr. Manning Dudley Digges
Charles Girard (1914) George Irving
Notary (1825) Russell Simpson

The World Moves On is a 1934 movie directed by John Ford. Two families, cotton merchants in England and America, with branches in France and Prussia swear to stand by each other in a belief that a great business firmly established in four countries will be able to withstand even such another calamity as the Napoleonic Wars from which Europe is slowly recovering. Then many years later, along comes World War One and the years that follow, to test the businesses.

The following weapons were used in the film The World Moves On:


Flintlock Pistol

Richard Girard (Franchot Tone) and a Duallist (Walter McGrail) use Flintlock Pistols in 1825.

Belgian E.I.C. - .69 cal; for comparison
Both counterparties hold up their pistol.
Once the signal to aim is given, they are waiting to shoot.

MAS Mle. 1892

A French officer in a trench (André Cheron) is briefly seen with an Mle 1892 Revolver.

Revolver d'ordonnance modèle 1892 - 8x27mmSR
The officer and two of his men stare tensely at the wristwatch.
"En avant!"
The time has come to go over the top.

Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873

Another French officer is armed with a Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873.

Chamelot-Delvigne Mle. 1873 - 11x17.8mmR
The soldier taking cover on the ground left. Although the gun is blurry and farther away, you can tell it is a Chamelot-Delvigne because this scene is from the French movie.


Berthier Mle. 1907/15

The war scenes directed by John Ford contain Berthier Mle. 1907/15 rifles that are used by Richard, Henri Girard (Raul Roulien), and Dixie (Stepin Fetchit). This rifle is first seen in 1914 when the war broke out which is an anachronism.

Fusil Berthier Modèle 1907/15 - 8x50mmR Lebel
A conscript with his rifle get asked by Henri and Richard what is going on.
The man makes his way to serve the republic.
Henri and Richard, now in the French army, and other soldiers marching to the front. At least, the uniforms match the time period.
Later in the war, Richard sets himself up for attack. As the war has already progressed, the M1915 Adrian helmet is the standard headgear.
Dixie, afraid of the impending attack, tries to affix his "Rosaline" bayonet.
French soldier during the first attack, fighting with Berthier rifles.

Lebel Mle. 1886

Since this movie contains many fight scenes reused from the French 1932 movie Wooden Crosses, other French soldiers can be seen with Lebel 1886 rifles which are not used by characters of Ford's movie.

Lebel Fusil d'Infantrie Modèle 1886 - 8x50mmR Lebel
Two soldiers aiming their rifle behind cover.
Another wave of soldiers start moving forward.
A French soldier dies while holding his Lebel on the cemetery.
The French army performing a victory parade.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

German soldiers are armed with Gewehr 1898s.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A runner gives Oberst (Colonel) (Hans Joby) a massage.
The Gew. 98 seen in a hospital's mirror.
The same MP officer stands in front of Richard's bed.
"Armistice. They can't be much fun for the losers."
Homecoming German soldiers crossing a town, after the 1918 armistice.

Mauser Karabiner 98AZ

Also, the scene with the Karabiner 98AZ of the German sniper team in the village is taken from the 1932 French movie.

Mauser Karabiner 98AZ - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The sniper fires his carbine (this time) at Dixie. Note the side-mounted sling swivel.

Machine Guns

Maxim MG 08

Maxim MG08s are used by German soldiers.

Maxim MG 08 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers operate a Maxim gun from ruins.
A close-up of the working machine gun.
A Maxim being transported by soldiers.
Another Maxim is used to suppress encircled French soldiers.

Hotchkiss Mle. 1914

Some French infantrymen can be seen transporting Hotchkiss M1914 Machine Guns across the battlefield. These scenes were also not shot by Ford.

Hotchkiss Modèle 1914 - 8x50mmR Lebel
A soldier carries the Hotchkiss over his shoulder.
The tripod is carried by another soldier.

Browning MG

An unknown, possibly an early variant of the Browning M1919 is used by French soldiers.

For comparison: Browning M1919A4, early model with slotted barrel shroud - .30-06 Springfield
"La mitrailleuse est-elle prête?"
An officer ask his soldiers if the machine gun is ready.
A clover view of the rear part with the pistol grip and tripod.
Firing the machine gun.
Moments before the MG position is blown up, the soldiers turned into dolls.

Hand Grenades

Unknown Grenades

Unknown types of grenades are used by French soldiers.

Richard primes a grenade.


The same Stielhandgranate from the French movie is seen.

A German soldier holds his stick grenade.


4.7-inch M1906 Field Gun

An American M1906 Field Gun is seen twice towed by horses. It could stand for a French Canon de 155mm C mle. 1915 Saint-Chamond howitzer.


Canon de 155mm GPF

Canon de 155 Grande Puissance Filloux (GPF) - 155mm

Canon de 75mm mle. 1897

Canon 75 mm modèle 1897 - 75x350mmR

Canon de 155mm C, mle 1917 Schneider

Canon de 155 mm court Schneider - 155 millimetres (6.1 in)



After Mary (Madeleine Carroll) said "Are you dare to tell me the world is preparing for another war?", military parades of Germany, Italy, the Soviet Union, Great Britain, Japan, France, and the United States are shown.

Italian soldiers marching with Carcano Rifles.
Arisaka Type 38s are carried by Japanese soldiers.
French infantry is seen with Berthier Mle 1916 carbines.
A Soviet parade on the Red Square in Moscow shows soldiers with Mosin Nagant M91/30.
Maxim M1910s on horse mountings.

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