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The Road to Glory Details


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. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi


Fredric March
as Lt. Michel Denet
Warner Baxter
as Capt. Paul LaRoche
June Lang
as Monique
Lionel Barrymore
as Papa LaRoche
Gregory Ratoff
as Bouffiou
John Qualen
as Duflous
Victor Kilian
as Regnier
Paul Stanton
as Relief Captain
Julius Tannen
as Lieutenant Tannen
Theodore Von Eltz
as Major
Paul Fix
as Rigaud
Leonid Kinskey
as Ledoux
Louis Mercier
as Soldier


Howard Hawks
Darryl F. Zanuck
Nunnally Johnson
Joel Sayre
William Faulkner
Gregg Toland
Louis Silvers
Musical Direction/Supervision
Louis Silvers
Composer (Music Score)
Hans Peters
Art Director
Gwen Wakeling
Costume Designer