As the World Rolls on (1921)

Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein

African-American prize-fighter Jack Johnson plays himself in this all-black sports melodrama about a physically weak young man, Joe Walker (Reed Thomas), whose girlfriend, Molly Moran (Blanche Thompson), is falsely charged with conspiracy to defraud a doctor. Learning self-defense and sportsmanship from Johnson, Joe not only leads the baseball Kansas City Monarchs to victory against the Detroit Stars, but is also able to catch the villain who framed Molly, gang-leader Tom Atkins (Walter Simpson). With Molly as his new bride, Joe visits with Johnson, who presents the young couple with a wedding gift of $1000. As the World Rolls On, which also featured members of the Kansas City Monarchs and the Detroit Stars all-black baseball teams, was produced, directed and photographed by W. A. Andlauer and released to black-only theaters.