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The Road to Glory (1936)

The Road to Glory (1936)

The Road to Glory





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Set in the French trenches, this WWI melodrama was cowritten by William Faulkner and directed by Howard Hawks. Hard-drinking Captain La Roche (Warner Baxter) delivers the same hollow speech to each wave of fresh soldiers assigned to his command, only to see them senselessly slaughtered by the Germans. La Roche's new officer is chipper Lieutenant Denet (Fredric March), who doesn't comprehend the futility of his assignment. Both men fall for beautiful nurse Monique La Coste (June Lang), who prefers Denet. La Roche's troops welcome "Private Moran" (Lionel Barrymore), the eldest private in the army and a grizzled veteran. In reality, Moran is La Roche's father. In a battle, La Roche is blinded. His father helps him direct artillery fire at the front, but both men are slain. Although he has won the girl and La Roche's command, Denet is forced to give the same pointless speech to his doomed recruits. Although Hawks had directed an earlier film of the same title, The Road to Glory (1936) was not a remake of that picture, but of a popular French war movie, Les Croix des Bois (1932), from which studio executives cannibalized combat footage for use in the new version.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: William Faulkner, Joel Sayre
In Theaters:
20th Century Fox


Fredric March
as Lt. Michel Denet
Warner Baxter
as Capt. Paul LaRoche
June Lang
as Monique
Lionel Barrymore
as Papa LaRoche
Paul Stanton
as Relief Captain
John Qualen
as Duflous
Julius Tannen
as Lt. Tannen
Paul Fix
as Rigaud
Jacques Lory
as Courier
George Warrington
as Old Soldier
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Hawks, working with a script co-written by William Faulkner, presents the destruction of bodies and minds in trench warfare with cold, harrowing plainness.

Full Review… | October 28, 2013
New Yorker
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Audience Reviews for The Road to Glory


Howard Hawks brings Hollywood's efficiency to this remake of a wonderful French film, "Les Croix de Bois". Unfortunately the intensity is lost in translation. The competition between the two main characters and the love story distract from the main intrigue: the war. The Lubitsch-esque moments make you forget that these men may die at any moment. The absurdity and the incredible courage of the French soldiers is also not fully developed.
Nonetheless, the film remains pleasant and worth watching.

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