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The Road Back (1937)

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

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Cast

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

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Road Back  »

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Stuntman George Daly was killed in an accidental explosion while filming a stunt for this picture. See more »

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Referenced in Have You Got Any Castles? (1938) See more »

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Mademoiselle from Armentieres
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A Terminally Rough Road Back
2 February 2010 | by (Seattle, Washington, USA) – See all my reviews

It was in 1932 that James Whale found another piece of candy after 'Frankenstein'. It was called 'The Road Back', and it was the follow up novel to 'All Quiet on the Western Front'.

Universal was going to buy the rights and make the film. The book was not even written yet, but Remarque wanted fifty-thousand dollars.

But, when the book was published, it turned out to be not so hot. Universal decided to spend the money on other films, including 'Frankenstein'.

The film was revived though, after the Laemmles had lost the studio. Filming began on a strongly rainy night on January 27th, 1937.

It was a bad time to be shooting films outdoors. One man was killed when an explosive device knocked a gunner's tripod into shrapnel. George Daly, one of the actors, was pierced through the chest with a piece of wood.

The film went rapidly over budget and over time.

Then came the German government.

To make a long story short, they threatened Universal, and they threatened even some of the actors in the film. They wanted the movie to be killed. Charlie Rogers the production chief knew that he would not get the film into Germany, or into other countries pressured by Germany.

John King, the star was a downfall. Whale had decided to employ relatively unknown, and some actually unknown actors, as he had done in his early days in the London stage.

King simply couldn't handle the role, and the film was nearly finished before Whale realized it. Whale did what he did to actors that couldn't act well enough. He ignored him. He wasn't a particularly helpful man.

When the film was finished, it was two and a half weeks overdue and about two hundred thousand dollars over. That overage was enough for many a Universal movie, in total.

Whale got himself on the bad side of Charlie Rogers at that point. Whale got himself loaned out to Warner Brothers, and left Ted Kent, his favorite editor to handle the cut.

Then the German problem came back. As the film was about to be released, suddenly it was drawn back. Pressure from the German Embassy again.

Universal did have a fair amount of money invested in German properties. For whatever reason, Rogers found himself with a million dollar movie which he couldn't export, except to England. He gave in, and the movie was taken away from Kent and, to a great extent, destroyed.

The European nations that would not take the film without the changes largely still didn't take them. Brazil, China and Brazil refused it too, by German government request.

It was truly a disaster in just about every way.

But it was not the fault of James Whale.


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