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The World Changes (1933)

An ambitious farmer becomes a pioneer in the meat packing business, finding financial success but private disappointment over the course of many decades.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Edward Chodorov (screenplay), Sheridan Gibney (story "America Kneels")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Muni ... Orin Nordholm Jr.
Aline MacMahon ... Anna Nordholm
Mary Astor ... Virginia 'Ginny' Clafflin Nordholm
Donald Cook ... Richard Nordholm
Jean Muir ... Selma Peterson II / Her Grandaughter Selma II
Guy Kibbee ... James Clafflin
Patricia Ellis ... Natalie Clinton Nordholm
Theodore Newton ... Paul Nordholm
Margaret Lindsay ... Jennifer Clinton Nordholm
Gordon Westcott ... John Nordholm
Alan Dinehart ... Ogden Jarrett
Henry O'Neill ... Orin Nordholm Sr.
Anna Q. Nilsson ... Mrs. Peterson
Arthur Hohl ... Mr. Patten
William Janney ... Orin Nordholm III
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Storyline

An ambitious farmer becomes a pioneer in the meat packing business, finding financial success but private disappointment over the course of many decades.

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Taglines:

HUMAN! TOUCHING! DYNAMIC!

Genres:

Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Humanidade Marcha See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The story begins in 1856, at which time Anna Nordholm (Alice MacMahon) appears to be at least 30 years old. By the time the story wraps up, in the early 1930s, this would put her well past 100, a bit of a stretch considering the life expectancy of that era. See more »

Goofs

At around an hour into the film, when Paul enters the office holding a newspaper, in the second shot of him, a moving shadow of the boom microphone is visible to the right of the doorway. See more »

Quotes

Buffalo Bill Cody: Texas Longhorns are ornery critters.
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Crazy Credits

Title card: Dakota Territory 1856 See more »

Soundtracks

Rosen aus dem Süden, Op. 388 (Roses from the South)
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played at the party after Ginny makes the announcement
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Spectacularly good photog and direction
27 October 2002 | by Sleepy-17See all my reviews

Until the story dredged itself into dreary cliches, this film reminded me of Citizen Kane. Many of the scenes are extremely well-put together; Mervyn LeRoy and Tony Gaudio are as good a team as Welles and Toland (an incredible fact when you view LeRoy's tepid output from the 50's). Paul Muni portrays a blonde cowboy (!), Aline McMahon is beautiful and strong, Mary Astor is scary, and many of the characters age (unbelievably) sixty years over the course of the film. Don't skip this one, it's a fascinating watch!


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