The Road to Glory

Fredric March, Warner Baxter and June Lang constitute the war-front triangle. Barrymore is the veteran soldier who refuses to be sent back of the lines by his son (Baxter), chief in command, and who finds sympathetic alliance in March, a French lieutenant.

With:
Fredric March Warner Baxter June Lang Lionel Barrymore Gregory Ratoff John Qualen

Fredric March, Warner Baxter and June Lang constitute the war-front triangle. Barrymore is the veteran soldier who refuses to be sent back of the lines by his son (Baxter), chief in command, and who finds sympathetic alliance in March, a French lieutenant.

As romantic war stuff, The Road to Glory is a bit too obvious and stylized. But it’s the highly competent production treatment which elevates it to big league company.

Glory is actually a remake of Croix de Bois (Wooden Crosses), French-made film (Pathe-Natan) of some years earlier, which Fox bought and scrapped for America, principally because of the battlefront stuff. Winnie Sheehan utilized some of it for his The World Moves On in 1934.

Baxter as the nerve-racked captain and March as his equally efficient lieutenant are capital, as are Lionel Barrymore and Gregory Ratoff. Latter makes his impersonation of the orderly a standout performance. Lang mani- fests potentialities, although her banged hairdo and general fullness of the way she wears her hair militate against a completely favorable impression.

The Road to Glory

Production: 20th Century-Fox. Director Howard Hawks; Producer Nunnally Johnson; Screenplay Joel Sayre, William Faulkner; Camera Gregg Toland; Editor Edward Curtiss; Music Louis Silvers; Art Director Hans Peters

Crew: (B&W) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1936. Running time: 103 MIN.

With: Fredric March Warner Baxter June Lang Lionel Barrymore Gregory Ratoff John Qualen

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