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Release Date:
June 1929 (USA) See more »
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Directed by
Merian C. Cooper 
Lothar Mendes 
Ernest B. Schoedsack 
Writing credits
A.E.W. Mason (novel)

Hope Loring (adaptation)

Howard Estabrook (screenplay)

Julian Johnson (titles)

John Farrow  titles (uncredited)

Produced by
Merian C. Cooper .... producer
Ernest B. Schoedsack .... producer
David O. Selznick .... associate producer
Original Music by
William Frederick Peters  (as William F. Peters)
Cinematography by
Robert Kurrle 
Merian C. Cooper (uncredited)
Ernest B. Schoedsack (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Ernest B. Schoedsack (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ivan Thomas .... assistant director (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Other crew
Jesse L. Lasky .... presenter
B.P. Schulberg .... general manager: West Coast Productions
Adolph Zukor .... presenter

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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System) | Mono (Movietone) (musical score and sound effects)

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Original author A. E. W. Mason wrote a letter to Arlen congratulating him on his performance.See more »


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A Rather Dark Version of The Sun Never Sets, 18 October 2008
Author: JohnHowardReid

Paramount's final all-silent movie (with a synchronized music score and a few sound effects) was The Four Feathers (1929). Far more faithful to the Empire-at-all-costs spirit of the novel than later versions, the mood here is far less romantic (in both senses of that word). In fact, although Fay Wray plays the heroine, her role is really quite small (and she is unattractively photographed to boot). William Powell has a larger role to play, although his character is overshadowed by Richard Arlen who makes a reasonably convincing stab at the Sun-Never-Sets hero (and as his role is completely silent, his accent never shatters this illusion). Watch for a natural-born actor, Harold Hightower, in his only movie role as the boy with the monkey. Directors Schoedsack and Cooper (of King Kong fame) contribute some really thrilling, shot-on-exotic-locations, all-action sequences, including an eye-numbing hippo stampede that seems to go on forever yet never runs out of puff.

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