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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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The first of three film collaborations involving Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper, and Fay Wray.See more »
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Will Fevasham Do His Duty?, 5 October 2011
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The popular A.E.W. Mason novel, the British version of The Red Badge Of Courage, got its third screen version from Paramount in 1929. Technology was winning a race with Paramount that year. Had The Four Feathers been done a bit later it would have included sound and we would have heard such folks in the cast as Richard Arlen, William Powell, Clive Brook, and Fay Wray make their talkie debuts. Sound Effects were added on however post production.

Richard Arlen is our protagonist Harry Fevasham in this version. He's been brought up in a military family and it and England expects every Fevasham to do his duty. But Harry even as a juvenile questions whether he has the right stuff. When his regiment is called to the Sudan he resigns his commission. Four of his fellow officers send him the anonymous white feather and brand him a coward. His fiancé turns from him, his family disowns him.

What to do but go to the Sudan and in your own way fight for the British Empire. Fevasham's adventures, incognito at first, make up the rest of the novel and this film.

This version can hardly be compared to the one that Alexander Korda made for the British cinema in 1939. It has the one unforgettable advantage of being filmed in the Sudan at the actual battle sites at Khartoum and Omdurman. This one has some nice location shooting in California's Imperial Valley and earnest performances from the cast.

Good thing this one was preserved. See how it stacks up against the many others filmed.

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