The Road to Glory (1926 film)

The Road to Glory is a 1926 American silent drama 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.

The Road to Glory
Directed byHoward Hawks
Written by
StarringMay McAvoy
Leslie Fenton
Ford Sterling
CinematographyJoseph H. August
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • February 7, 1926 (1926-02-07)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States
The Road to Glory ad in The Film Daily, 1926



As described in a film magazine review,[3] in an automobile accident David Hale is uninjured, but his sweetheart Judith Allen sustains a slight bump to the head. Her father is accidentally killed. While at a cabaret with another suitor, Del Cole, Judith suddenly goes blind as a result of the head injury. She loses her faith in God and makes a break with David. David seeks her out again. A storm wrecks the house and both are hurt, but Judith only slightly. While at David's bedside, the shock suddenly restores her sight. They face a happy future together.





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.[4]: 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.[4]: 65–68 



The film 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."[4]: 65–68 

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Preservation status


With no prints of The Road to Glory located in any film archives,[5] it is a lost film.[6]


  1. ^ Gehring p. 230
  2. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Road to Glory at
  3. ^ Pardy, George T. (February 20, 1926), "Pre-Release Review of Features: The Road to Glory", Motion Picture News, 33 (8), New York City, New York: Motion Picture News, Inc.: 911, retrieved March 21, 2023   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ a b c McCarthy, Todd (1997). Howard Hawks: The Grey Fox of Hollywood. New York: Grove Press. ISBN 978-0-8021-3740-1.
  5. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Road to Glory
  6. ^ The Road to Glory at Lost Film Files: Lost Fox Films - 1926


  • Wes D. Gehring. Carole Lombard, the Hoosier Tornado. Indiana Historical Society Press, 2003. ISBN 978-0-8719-5167-0