James Whale / UK/USA 1930 / 2h2m / 35mm
Cast: Colin Clive, Ian Maclaren, David Manners, Billy Bevan, Anthony Bushell.
In 1918, new officer Raleigh (David Manners) arrives on the front to join the company of Captain Stanhope (Colin Clive), only to discover that his boyhood hero is now a deeply troubled man, wracked with alcoholism. Made just two years after R.C. Sheriff's original stage play, 'Journey's End' was the first official director credit for James Whale - who was also 'assisting' Howard Hughes with directing 'Hell's Angels' during the same year. Having recently directed a London run of the play, he was perfectly placed to take charge of this screen adaptation, at a time when 'talkies' were still new-fangled cinematic experiences.