The Road to Glory
Dir. Howard Hawks. 1936, 103 mins. 35mm print from 20th Century Fox. With Fredric March, Warner Baxter, Lionel Barrymore. Hawks’s moody melodrama is a story of trench life during World War I focused on the lives of a French regiment. As men are killed and replaced, jaunty Lieutenant Denet (Fredric March) becomes more and more somber. In its depiction of trench combat, The Road to Glory anticipated Kubrick’s Paths of Glory. Critic John Baxter, in Hollywood in the 30’s, hailed The Road to Glory as “the most moving and accurate of all anti-war statements.”
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