The Way Ahead, starring David Niven as Lieut. Perry, who leads his platoon from its infancy of new recruits, through its adolescence, its coming-of-ago a fighting unit, to its baptism of fire is one of those must see World War Two classics.
The film concerns itself much more with training than with actual fighting, and was shown for the first time before the King and Queen at a premiere in June 1944.
The film tells the story of typical Britons who were called up from the plough and the office, the man with the white collar, the man of private ambitions, who came into the army, not always willingly, using to the legitimate limit his proud freeman’s privilege of grousing when felt like it.
This film follows the men as they slowly learn the hard way, how to be a soldier, a humorist, and a gallant comrade in arms.
The outstanding cast is headed David Niven, Penelope Ward as his wife, Stanley Holloway as Brewer, Raymond Huntley as a shop manager; William Hartnell Sergt. Fletcher; and John Laurie Scottish recruit.