7.1/10
79
6 user 3 critic

The Road Back (1937)

Approved | | Drama | 1 June 1937 (USA)
After World War I, a group of former German soldiers try to adjust to civilian life.

Director:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The Great Garrick (Brian Aherne) is the most celebrated London theater actor of his day (eighteenth century) and is invited to Paris to star at the Comedie Francaise, the most important ... See full summary »

Director: James Whale
Stars: Brian Aherne, Olivia de Havilland, Edward Everett Horton
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When a famous doctor kills his adulterous wife, he is defended by his best friend, an attorney--who suspects that his own wife is having an affair.

Director: James Whale
Stars: Nancy Carroll, Frank Morgan, Paul Lukas
Certificate: Passed Adventure | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Despotic King Louis XIV discovers he has a twin brother who has grown up under the tutelage of his foster father, the patriotic musketeer D'Artagnan.

Director: James Whale
Stars: Louis Hayward, Joan Bennett, Warren William
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A prosecutor trying a case where a husband shot his adulterous wife begins to suspect that his own wife is having an affair, and starts to have his own thoughts about killing her.

Director: James Whale
Stars: Warren William, Gail Patrick, Constance Moore
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A maid's dreams come true - except they are not quite what she expected.

Director: James Whale
Stars: Lew Ayres, Mae Clarke, Una Merkel
Show Boat (1936)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Despite her mother's objections, the naive young daughter of a show boat captain is thrust into the limelight as the company's new leading lady.

Director: James Whale
Stars: Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Charles Winninger
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A seaplane departs for China. On board are a nurse escaping a loveless marriage to do work with refugees, a woman hoping to surprise her estranged son, a wealthy heiress trying to distance ... See full summary »

Director: James Whale
Stars: Madge Evans, John Boles, Bruce Cabot
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After a night of wild partying at a friend's house, a couple wake up to discover the party's host has been murdered in his bed. A detective is called in to investigate, but his ... See full summary »

Director: James Whale
Stars: Edward Arnold, Robert Young, Constance Cummings
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Beautiful woman mistakes a prince's butler for the prince.

Director: James Whale
Stars: Elissa Landi, Paul Lukas, Nils Asther
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Madelon and Marius intend to marry but he finds the call of the ocean irresistible and leaves her and his father behind.

Director: James Whale
Stars: Wallace Beery, Frank Morgan, Maureen O'Sullivan
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young lady leaves her brutal husband and meets another man aboard a ship.

Director: James Whale
Stars: Diana Wynyard, Colin Clive, Frank Lawton
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An Austrian prince flees his homeland when the Nazis take over and settles in London. While in London, he meets a beautiful Austrian émigré who makes him realize his mistake in leaving ... See full summary »

Directors: James Whale, Victor Fleming, and 1 more credit »
Stars: George Brent, Martha Scott, Paul Lukas
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Ernst
Richard Cromwell ...
Ludwig
...
Maurice Murphy ...
Albert
...
Willy
Larry J. Blake ...
Weil
John Emery ...
Captain Von Hagen
Henry Hunter ...
Bethke
...
Wessling
Eugene Gericke ...
Giesicke (as Gene Garrick)
Barbara Read ...
Lucy
...
Ernst's Mother
...
Ernst's Father
Marilyn Harris ...
Maria - Ernst's Sister
Jean Rouverol ...
Elsa
Edit

Storyline

At the end of the world war, several German soldiers return home to their city to find the social fabric and civil order disintegrating as communist gangs roam the streets and food and jobs become scarce. Riots and massacres lead the erstwhile average men to become cynical and desperate. Written by WesternOne

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 June 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Road Back  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Bowing to Nazi pressure, and "to cultivate the good will of Germany," Universal boss Charles R. Rogers took James Whale off the picture and ordered 21 cuts made to it. See more »


Soundtracks

Mademoiselle from Armentieres
(1919) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph Tunbridge
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Homecoming 1918
2 November 2008 | by (Berlin, GER) – See all my reviews

Remarque's novel (which I haven't read) Der Weg zurück/The Road Back is a sequel to his All Quiet on the Western Front. Whale's (or rather Universal's) The Road Back has Slim Summerville as Tjaden again and mentions the names of Kat, Detering and Paul Bäumer in order to directly tie on the preceding film's success. Without success. Surely, The Road Back has a great first half, but, alas, a second half which does not hold up very well. Whale's excellent talent in directing is apparent, but as soon as the German soldiers arrive at home after World War I, it drifts too much into sentiment and pathos, without holding back the one or the other really powerful scene, (especially the one in the mental hospital) and some truly wonderful performances by Slim Summerville and Andy Devine. The choreography of the mass scene towards the end is impressive as well (which resembles Eisenstein's famous Odessa shots a lot). So, it's not really forgettable, but slight disappointment nonetheless.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Any Videos or Dvd Available? parkerr86302
"Long" Cut Showing in MOMA NYC plushing-417-732925
Discuss The Road Back (1937) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?