The Cock-Eyed World

The Cock-Eyed World is a 1929 American pre-Code musical comedy feature film. One of the earliest "talkies", it was a sequel to What Price Glory? (1926), it was directed and written by Raoul Walsh and based on the Flagg and Quirt story by Maxwell Anderson, Tom Barry, Wilson Mizner and Laurence Stallings. Fox Film Corporation released the film at the Roxy in New York on August 3, 1929.[3]

The Cock-Eyed World
Original German film poster
Directed byRaoul Walsh
Written byRaoul Walsh
William K. Wells
Wilbur Morse Jr.
Maxwell Anderson
Wilson Mizner
Laurence Stallings
Tom Barry
StarringVictor McLaglen
Edmund Lowe
Lili Damita
CinematographyArthur Edeson
Edited byJack Dennis
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
August 3, 1929 (1929-08-03)
Running time
118 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2.7 million[1][2]

The film stars Victor McLaglen and Edmund Lowe, reprising their original roles, as well as Lili Damita.[4] The picture was also released in a silent version on October 5, 1929.[5]


Flagg (Victor McLaglen) and Quirt (Edmund Lowe) find themselves transferred from Russia to Brooklyn to South America, in each place squaring off over a local beauty.

The film remains one of the earliest screen sequels to a critical and popular success with the two lead actors playing the same characters, as well as the original writers and director intact from the first picture.


Opening week record

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.[6] It grossed another record $173,667 in its second week.[7]


  1. "WHICH CINEMA FILMS HAVE EARNED THE MOST MONEY SINCE 1914?". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. March 4, 1944. p. 3 Supplement: The Argus Weekend magazine. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
  2. Quigley Publishing Company "The All Time Best Sellers", International Motion Picture Almanac 1937-38 (1938) pg. 942; accessed April 19, 2014.
  3. The American Film Institute Catalog
  4. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c. 1971
  5. The Cock-Eyed World profile,; accessed September 10, 2016.
  6. "Fox's World High, $173,391" Variety, August 14, 1929 Page 9
  7. Variety, August 21, 1929, p. 9.

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