6.8/10
104
7 user 1 critic

The Road to Yesterday (1925)

A married couple discover their strained relationship is the result of unhappiness in their past lives.

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers:

Beulah Marie Dix (story), Howard Hawks (titles) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

3 Bad Men (1926)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Three outlaws come to the aid of a young girl after her father is killed.

Director: John Ford
Stars: George O'Brien, Olive Borden, Lou Tellegen
Lucky Star (1929)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Mary, a poor farm girl, meets Tim just as word comes that war has been declared. Tim enlists in the army and goes to the battlefields of Europe, where he is wounded and loses the use of his... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to escape the country with a young vagabond. She dresses as a boy, they hop freight trains, quarrel with a group of hobos, and steal ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

During the Revolution Princess Vera, though betrothed to Prince Dimitri, is attracted to the peasant Feodor.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: William Boyd, Elinor Fair, Robert Edeson
Manslaughter (1922)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Society-girl thrill seeker Lydia causes the death of motorcycle policeman and is prosecuted by her fiancé Daniel who describes in lurid detail the downfall of Rome. While she's in prison she reforms and Daniel becomes a wasted alcoholic.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Leatrice Joy, Thomas Meighan, Lois Wilson
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

As the Japanese sweep through the East Indies during World War II, Dr. Wassell is determined to escape from Java with some crewmen of the cruiser Marblehead. Based on a true story of how Dr... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Gary Cooper, Laraine Day, Signe Hasso
Unconquered (1947)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Intrepid frontiersman Chris Holden foils the political and personal ambitions of renegade Martin Garth in the Ohio Valley following the French and Indian War.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Gary Cooper, Paulette Goddard, Howard Da Silva
White Gold (1927)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A beautiful young Mexican girl marries an Arizona sheep rancher and returns with him to his ranch, where he lives with his elderly father. The father, not used to sharing his son's ... See full summary »

Director: William K. Howard
Stars: Jetta Goudal, Kenneth Thomson, George Bancroft
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Jesus Christ faces religious and political oppression during his ministry and in the days before his death and resurrection.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: H.B. Warner, Dorothy Cumming, Ernest Torrence
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

What starts as race from China to Boston to earn coveted tea trade contract on the high seas turns into dangerous journey with typhoon, mutiny, and no fresh water.

Director: Rupert Julian
Stars: William Boyd, Elinor Fair, Frank Coghlan Jr.
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two teenagers, one an atheist and the other a Christian, fall in love at a brutal reform school.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Lina Basquette, Marie Prevost, Tom Keene
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joseph Schildkraut ... Kenneth Paulton
Jetta Goudal ... Malena Paulton
William Boyd ... Jack Moreland
Vera Reynolds ... Beth Tyrell
Trixie Friganza ... Harriet Tyrell
Casson Ferguson ... Adrian Thompkyns
Julia Faye ... Dolly Foules
Clarence Burton Clarence Burton ... Hugh Armstrong
Charles West Charles West ... Wyatt Earnshaw
Josephine Norman ... Anne Vener
Edit

Storyline

Malena's apparent frigidity toward her husband Kenneth is a result of injustice done in an earlier incarnation when he was a knight and she was a gypsy headed for burning at the stake. This becomes evident when their unconscious minds travel back from a train wreck in the American plains to Elizabethan England. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor Eterno See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$477,480 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$522,666
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The production team was housed at the El Tovar Hotel at the Grand Canyon while working on location for this film. See more »

Connections

Featured in Boom! Hollywood's Greatest Disaster Movies (2000) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Story of Past Relations
11 October 2007 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Joseph Schildkraut as (Kenneth "Ken" Paulton) and Jetta Goudal (as Malena Paulton) are honeymooning at the Grand Canyon; but, Ms. Goudal is uninterested in consummating the marriage. This, understandably, frustrates Mr. Schildkraut, who can't explain a worsening pain in his arm. They are acquainted with the William Boyd (as John "Jack" Moreland), a minister, who suggests Schildkraut ask God for relief from the hurt in his arm. Schildkraut prays for three weeks, to no avail. Meanwhile, the Reverend Boyd has met and fallen in love with Vera Reynolds (as Elizabeth "Bess" Walsingham Tyrell), a "very modern young lady" who cools off when she finds out he is a minister. These four players act out their modern problems for about half the film; THEN, fate arranges for them all to be on a train, bound for San Francisco - THEN, the train spectacularly crashes, head-on, into another train!

As the passengers whirl in the train wreckage, Reynolds is mysteriously transported back to 16th Century England. There, she finds faces which are familiar to her, but their personalities are slightly different - these are the "past lives" of her modern day friends and acquaintances. Reynolds assumes the identity of "Lady Elizabeth Tyrell". Joseph Schildkraut is "Lord Strangevon", William Boyd is "Reformado Jack", and Jetta Goudal is "Black Melena". By the time of the flashback, the film has shifted to feature Vera Reynolds as the star and protagonist; earlier, "The Road to Yesterday" was a drama centering on the Paulton newlyweds. During the trip to the past, Reynolds (and viewers) discover the origins of mysterious stuff from the present. You'll see some startling events, culminating with a character being burned as a witch!

This is a very unusual film. The only story structure like it (that I've seen) is "Dark Shadows" TV flashback of 1967, detailing Barnabas Collins' 1700s origin. There is no vampire in "The Road to Yesterday", but Schildkraut's rape of Goudal looks about the same (attacked in a darkened room…). Cecil B. DeMille directs some fine performances; strangely, Reynolds and Boyd outdistance Schildkraut and Goudal as the film progresses.

Boyd would later star as "Hopalong Cassidy". I also enjoyed Reynolds' less reverend fiancée, Casson Ferguson as "Adrian Thompkyns"; and, Trixie Friganza as "Aunt Harriet," who appears as a similar character in the past. Also, Frank Coghlan Jr. is memorable the freckle-faced boy; he was a very popular child star, and played "Billy Batson" (Captain Marvel) during an incredibly long career.

More potential is lost than realized in this intriguingly original film, from an older Beulah Marie Dix story - it's disappointing, ultimately, but a fascinating watch - nicely photographed by J. Peverell Marley. With some more work, it might have been one of the better DeMilles (see "The Cheat" and "The Whispering Chorus" for great DeMilles). Note: After the witch is burned at the stake, a fleeting title card flashes - I freeze-framed to see, and it reads, "The Road to Yesterday - End of Part 9"; probably, signaling the End of Reel 9. Also note, in the past, Reynolds character reveals she is from 1926; the film was released at the end of 1925, but DeMille expected most would be watching in 1926.

******* The Road to Yesterday (11/15/25) Cecil B. DeMille ~ Joseph Schildkraut, William Boyd, Vera Reynolds, Jetta Goudal


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching



Recently Viewed