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The Cock-Eyed World (1929)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 20 October 1929 (USA)
Two Marines are sent to South Sea island where they fight over a local island girl.


Raoul Walsh


Maxwell Anderson (play), Tom Barry (story) | 5 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Victor McLaglen ... Top Sergeant Flagg
Edmund Lowe ... Sgt. Harry Quirt
Lili Damita ... Mariana Elenita
Leila Karnelly Leila Karnelly ... Olga
El Brendel ... 'Yump' Olson
Bob Burns ... Connors
Jeanette Dagna Jeanette Dagna ... Katinka
Joe Brown Joe Brown ... Brownie
Stuart Erwin ... Buckley
Ivan Linow ... Sanovich
Jean Laverty ... Fanny (as Jean Barry)
Soledad Jiménez ... Innkeeper
Curley Dresden Curley Dresden ... O'Sullivan (as Albert 'Curley' Dresden)
Joe Rochay Joe Rochay ... Jacobs
Willie Keeler Willie Keeler ... Brawler (as Willie 'Sugar' Keeler)


Two Marines who spend their lives battling each other find themselves stationed in Russia, where they fight over a sexy Russian girl; from there they go to Brooklyn, where they both set their sights on a pretty blonde who flirts outrageously with both of them; and finally they wind up in a South American country where they fight for the favors of a beautiful senorita and try to put down a rebellion by the locals at the same time. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The "What Price Glory" of the Talkies (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express, ((Buffalo NY)) 28 August 1929) See more »


Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

20 October 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cockeyed World See more »


Box Office


$661,315 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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According to Variety, the film beat every known gross for any box office attraction throughout the world with a reported first week gross of $173,391 at the Roxy in New York in the week to August 9, 1929. It grossed another record $173,667 in its second week. See more »


Followed by Women of All Nations (1931) See more »


Written by Geoffrey O'Hara
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From Russia To Brooklyn To Central America
9 March 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Edmund Lowe and Victor MacLaglen as Quirt and Flagg are back! Hear them talk -- actually, hear Maclaglen shout all his lines. Watch as they slang each other around the world, from Vladivostock to Brooklyn and some unnamed banana republic! See them get snookered by women of all nationalities, especially Lili Damita as a Meso-American senorita! Be annoyed by El Brendel!

And so forth. Fox got Maxwell Anderson and Lawrence Stalling to put their names on this to lend it some authenticity as a sequel; although it's credited as being from a play "Tropic Twins" which they co-wrote, it seems to have gone unproduced. Despite some troubles with line readings and the sound equipment -- or perhaps it was the print I saw, which seemed to be pieced together from eight different battered copies -- director Raoul Walsh does a good job of keeping this film running along. Arthur Edeson clearly deserves some words of praise; the battle sequence which highlights the movie was done wild as a series of tracking shots. Even more, there's some camera movement for composition, and there's a cut and shift of camera angle during a song that indicates some ability to edit the sound track. The swearing that lip-readers reported from WHAT PRICE GLORY? was replaced with the leads sneering at each other and saying "Sez you!" Miss Damita gets to show a lot of leg as she hops alternately on their knees.

This was wildly successful, grossing a reputed $350,000 during its first two weeks at the Roxy Theater. It doubtless contributed to Fox' corporate profits of $13,500,000 that year. There was, as yet, no sign of the Great Depression, even if Mr. Fox had gotten injured in a car crash and the Justice Department was fighting his takeover of MGM.

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