The Way Ahead (1944)
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115 min | Drama, War

World War II drama that follows a group of British draftees, starting with their rigorous basic training, and ending with their deployment in North Africa.
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Director
Writers
Eric Ambler (original story) (screen play) | Peter Ustinov (screen play)
Cinematographer
Guy Green (photographed by)
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Updated Jun 6, 1944

Release date
Jun 3, 1945 (United States)
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39 cast members
Name Known for
David Niven
Lt. Jim Perry Lt. Jim Perry   See fewer
Stanley Holloway
Pte. Ted Brewer Pte. Ted Brewer   See fewer
James Donald
Pte. Evan Lloyd Pte. Evan Lloyd   See fewer
John Laurie
Pte. Luke Pte. Luke   See fewer
Leslie Dwyer
Pte. Sid Beck Pte. Sid Beck   See fewer
Hugh Burden
Pte. Bill Parsons Pte. Bill Parsons   See fewer
Jimmy Hanley
Pte. Geoffrey Stainer (as Jimmie Hanley) Pte. Geoffrey Stainer (as Jimmie Hanley)   See fewer
William Hartnell
Sgt. Ned Fletcher (as Billy Hartnell) Sgt. Ned Fletcher (as Billy Hartnell)   See fewer
Reginald Tate
The Training Company Commanding Officer The Training Company Commanding Officer   See fewer
Leo Genn
Capt. Edwards Capt. Edwards   See fewer
John Ruddock
Chelsea Pensioner Chelsea Pensioner   See fewer
A. Bromley Davenport
Chelsea Pensioner (as Bromley Davenport) Chelsea Pensioner (as Bromley Davenport)   See fewer
Renée Asherson
Marjorie Gillingham (as Renee Ascherson) Marjorie Gillingham (as Renee Ascherson)   See fewer
Mary Jerrold
Mrs. Gillingham Mrs. Gillingham   See fewer
Tessie O'Shea
Self - ENSA Entertainer Self - ENSA Entertainer   See fewer
Raymond Lovell
Mr. Jackson - Garage Owner Mr. Jackson - Garage Owner   See fewer
A.E. Matthews
Col. Walmsley Col. Walmsley   See fewer
Jack Watling
Buster - Marjorie's Boyfriend Buster - Marjorie's Boyfriend   See fewer
Peter Ustinov
Rispoli - Cafe Owner Rispoli - Cafe Owner   See fewer
Lloyd Pearson
Thyrtle Thyrtle   See fewer
Raymond Huntley
Pte. Herbert Davenport Pte. Herbert Davenport   See fewer
Penelope Dudley-Ward
Mrs. Perry (as Penelope Ward) Mrs. Perry (as Penelope Ward)   See fewer
Esma Cannon
Mrs. Brewer Mrs. Brewer   See fewer
Eileen Erskine
Mrs. Hilda Parsons Mrs. Hilda Parsons   See fewer
Grace Arnold
Mrs. Fletcher Mrs. Fletcher   See fewer
John Boxer
Soldier in Pub Talking to the Chelsea Pensioners (uncredited) Soldier in Pub Talking to the Chelsea Pensioners (uncredited)   See fewer
Peggy Carlisle
Minor Role (uncredited) Minor Role (uncredited)   See fewer
Alf Goddard
Instructor (uncredited) Instructor (uncredited)   See fewer
Trevor Howard
Officer on Ship (uncredited) Officer on Ship (uncredited)   See fewer
David Hutcheson
Garage Customer in Car (uncredited) Garage Customer in Car (uncredited)   See fewer
Benita Lydal
ENSA Artist (uncredited) ENSA Artist (uncredited)   See fewer
Andreas Malandrinos
Gendarme in Cafe (uncredited) Gendarme in Cafe (uncredited)   See fewer
George Merritt
The Sergeant-Major (uncredited) The Sergeant-Major (uncredited)   See fewer
Tracy Reed
The Perry's Daughter (uncredited) The Perry's Daughter (uncredited)   See fewer
Quentin Reynolds
Self (American version) (uncredited) Self (American version) (uncredited)   See fewer
John Salew
Sam - Friend of Pte. Lloyd in Pub Scene (uncredited) Sam - Friend of Pte. Lloyd in Pub Scene (uncredited)   See fewer
Johnnie Schofield
Lewis Gun Instructor (uncredited) Lewis Gun Instructor (uncredited)   See fewer
Winifred Willard
Minor Role (uncredited) Minor Role (uncredited)   See fewer
Ben Williams
Pessimistic Man Talking to the Chelsea Pensioners (uncredited) Pessimistic Man Talking to the Chelsea Pensioners (uncredited)   See fewer
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