The Way Ahead

The Way Ahead

Carol Reed (1944)

U Certificate


Our Score
This is one of the finest "we're in this together" flag-wavers produced in Britain during the Second World War. From Eric Ambler and Peter Ustinov's script, director Carol Reed, who had earned a reputation for social realism in the mid-1930s and had spent part of the war making army documentaries, creates a totally believable world in which a squad of raw recruits becomes an integral part of the local community as they go through basic training. David Niven is top-billed, but he generously enters into the ensemble spirit that makes this beautifully observed drama as uplifting today as it was in 1944.


Slipshod British Army recruits face a testing time as they undergo a tough training regimen aimed at whipping them into shape to fight in the Second World War. Drama, starring David Niven, Stanley Holloway, Raymond Huntley, William Hartnell, John Laurie and James Donald.

Cast & Crew

Lt Jim Perry David Niven
Brewer Stanley Holloway
Davenport Raymond Huntley
Sgt Fletcher William Hartnell
Lloyd James Donald
Luke John Laurie
Beck Leslie Dwyer
Parsons Hugh Burden
Stainer Jimmy Hanley
Marjorie Gillingham Renee Asherson
Director Carol Reed
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist LtdAvailable on: video and DVD