The Road Back (long version). 1937. USA. Directed by James Whale. 100 min.
What began as a sequel to Universal’s antiwar All Quiet on the Western Front, under the direction of James Whale, was finally released as what has been described as “a Slim Summerville comedy” after the Laemmles were deposed and Nazi diplomat Georg Gyssling threatened a boycott unless “anti-German” scenes were removed. Whale’s original cut has been restored by The Library of Congress in cooperation with NBCUniversal and The Film Foundation, and is presented here in its U.S. premiere. For the sake of comparison we will also be screening the cut version.