The Road to Glory (1926 film)

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The Road to Glory
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Directed by Howard Hawks
Written byHoward Hawks
Gordon Rigby
Cinematography Joseph H. August
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
February 7, 1926
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

The Road to Glory is a 1926 American silent film directed by Howard Hawks and starring May McAvoy, Leslie Fenton and Ford Sterling. [1] [2] This was Hawks' first film, based on a 35-page treatment that Hawks wrote. It is one of only two Hawks works that are lost films.



May McAvoy is a young woman, gradually going blind. She tries to spare her boyfriend Rockliffe Fellowes and her father Ford Sterling from the burden of her illness. She agrees to live with Leslie Fenton, a greedy rich man, in order to get away from her father and lover.



Howard Hawks wrote the 35 page story from which the screenplay was based; this was one of few films on which he had extensive writing credits. [3] :65 Originally titled, The Chariot of the Gods, The Road to Glory was shot from December 1925 to January 1926 and premiered in April. The film contained religious iconography and messages that would never again be seen in a Hawks film. [3] :6568


It received good reviews from film critics. In later interviews, Hawks said, "It didn't have any fun in it. It was pretty bad. I don't think anybody enjoyed it except a few critics." Hawks was dissatisfied with the film after being certain that dramatic films would establish his reputation, but realized what he had done wrong when Sol Wurtzel told Hawks, "Look, you've shown you can make a picture, but for God's sake, go out and make entertainment." [3] :6568

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