Originally La Chemineau, The Open Road is a generally satisfying if overlong rural drama. Returning after a 20-year absence, a shabby vagabond (Victor Francen) discovers that his son has been raised to believe that another man is his natural father. At present, the boy is involved in a romance with a girl who doesn't meet with his mother's approval. The Vagabond straightens out everyone's problems without ever revealing his true identity. The Open Road bears more than a passing resemblance to Jubilo, a popular Will Rogers vehicle of the silent era.
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