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William K. Everson Presents

Thursday, January 18, 1979
9:45 p.m. The Road Back
James Whale (USA,1937)

William K. Everson in Person

“James Whale’s sequel to All Quiet On The Western Front, long withheld because of expiration of literary rights, is now virtually a lost film. It marked the turning point in Whale’s career; while it followed the enormously successful Show Boat, it coincided with a new economy-minded management taking over at Universal. It was interfered with, an opening montage was added to prevent offending Hitler, and thereafter Whale was demoted to programmers. With all its flaws (and a weak cast is one of them), it’s still a powerful film and Whale’s last real prestige film.”

—Wm. K. Everson

• Directed by James Whale. Screenplay by R.G. Sheriff and Charles Kenyon from the novel by Erich Maria Remarque. Photographed by John Mescall and George Robinson. Music by Dmitri Tiomkin. With John King, Richard Cromwell, Slim Summerville, Andy Devine, Barbara Read, Louise Fazenda, Lionel Atwill, Noah Beery Jr., Maurice Murphy, John Emery, Etienne Girardot, Henry Hunter, Larry Blake, Gene Garrick, Greta Gynt, Spring Byington. (1937, 90 mins, Print Courtesy of William K. Everson)