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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: William Faulkner, Joel Sayre
In Theaters:
20th Century Fox


as Lt. Michel Denet

as Capt. Paul LaRoche

as Monique

as Papa LaRoche

as Bouffiou

as Regnier

as Relief Captain

as Duflous

as Lt. Tannen

as Rigaud

as Courier

as Old Soldier

as 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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