The Road to Glory


Lionel Barrymore in The Road to Glory (originally titled Zero Hour)

Lionel Barrymore as Private Morin in a publicity still from the rerelease of The Road to Glory (1936), retitled Zero Hour.  It is also known as Wooden Crosses.

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Warner Baxter and Victor Killian in a publicity still for the rerelease of The Road to Glory (1936), retitled Wooden Crosses.  Victor was also in Howard Hawks’ Only Angels Have Wings.  He was also seen on tv in Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman as The Fernwood Flasher.

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Fredric March in a publicity still for The Road To Glory

Fredric March in a publicity still for The Road to Glory (1936).  Fredric is perhaps neglected in the 21st century, but in his time he was one of the most popular and critically acclaimed actors.  He was a two time Best Actor Oscar winner, for Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1931) and The Best Years of Our Lives (1945).  Fredric’s career ran from an uncredited bit in 1921 through 1973.  He was also Willie Loman in the rarely seen 1951 version of Death of a Salesman.

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Gregory Rataff as an unnamed Russian soldier and Lionel Barrymore as a soldier past his prime in The Road to Glory (1936), retitled Zero Hour for rerelease.

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Fredric March in a publicity still for The Road to Glory (1936), retitled Zero Hour.  The film is better than average, but since Howard Hawks has so many other classic masterpieces, the film is overlooked.  It is also rarely seen and has never been released on home video, laser or dvd.

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Warner Baxter and Fredric March as World War I French army officers in The Road to Glory (1936).

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Fredric March in the retitled The Road to Glory

Fredric March as Lt Michel Denet in a rerelease publicity still for The Road to Glory (1936), retitled Wooden Crosses.

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June Lang in a publicity still for The Road to Glory (1936).  June was still under contract to Fox Studios when they sent her to England for a film project.  She was so disturbed by the war in full effect in Europe, she abandoned the film to return to the USA, where her contract was promptly terminated.  Marriage to mobster Johnny Roselli in the 40s further tanked her film career.  She did manage a few poverty row productions later on, ending her career on tv with five appearances 1950-68.

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June Lang in The Road To Glory

June Lang as Monique La Coste in a publicity still for the rerelease of The Road to Glory (1936), retitled Wooden Crosses.  June is rather forgettable in her role…adequate but not rising to the best of the Hawksian women.  Even though the film was co-written by William Faulkner, June’s character is not memorable either.

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20. The Road to Glory 1936

The Road to Glory is Howard Hawks’ 20th film.

The Road to Glory premiered Jun 2, 1936