|The Road to Glory|
|Directed by||Howard Hawks|
|Written by||Howard Hawks |
|Cinematography||Joseph H. August|
|Distributed by||Fox Film Corporation|
|February 7, 1926|
The Road to Glory is a 1926 American silent film directed by Howard Hawks and starring May McAvoy, Leslie Fenton and Ford Sterling.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. 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. :65–68:
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." 65–68:
Howard Winchester Hawks was an American film director, producer and screenwriter of the classic Hollywood era. Critic Leonard Maltin called him "the greatest American director who is not a household name."
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