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Four Sons (1928)

Passed  |   |  Drama, War  |  13 February 1928 (USA)
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A family saga in which three of a Bavarian widow's sons go to war for Germany and the fourth goes to America, Germany's eventual opponent.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Margaret Mann ...
James Hall ...
Joseph - Her Son
Charles Morton ...
Johann - Her Son
Ralph Bushman ...
Franz - Her Son (as Francis X. Bushman Jr.)
George Meeker ...
Andreas - Her Son
...
Annabelle
Earle Foxe ...
Major von Stomm
Albert Gran ...
The Postman
...
The Schoolmaster
Archduke Leopold of Austria ...
A Captain
Ferdinand Schumann-Heink ...
A Staff Sergeant
Jack Pennick ...
The Iceman
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Storyline

In Burgendorf, Bavaria, Mother Bernle has four sons. Franz is in the army, Johann works at the forge, Andreas tends the sheep. Joseph is riding a hay wagon with a pretty girl when some of the hay falls off, landing on the fearsome Maj. Von Stomm. Joseph gets a slap from the major... The jovial postman has brought a letter from America. Joseph has the offer of a job in the States. But getting there is so expensive... It's Mother Bernle's birthday and most of the town gathers for the dancing. Mother gives Joseph the money she has secreted away. He leaves for the USA... It is "Der Tag", The Day when war is declared. Franz and Johann are excited about their new uniforms. But America is still neutral. Joseph runs the German-American Delicatessen with his new wife Annabelle. The reports of the first German battles with the Russians are good. So why does the postman carry a black-edged letter for Mother Bernle? When America does enter the war, Joseph enlists and meets his friend, the iceman ... Written by David Steele

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BIG AS THE HEART OF HUMANITY! (original print ad - all caps)

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Drama | War

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Release Date:

13 February 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuatro hijos  »

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(Movietone) (musical score and sound effects)|

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

There is a town called Burgendorf in Saxony but not in Bavaria. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where the mother is feeding the little girls in front of the house it is raining, even though the sun is shining bright, an obvious use of the studios rain machine. See more »

Quotes

The Schoolmaster: Books, Herr Postman, are friends that never deceive,
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Connections

Featured in Omnibus: John Ford: Part One (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
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Traditional
Played when Mother Bernle recites her letters
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Don't buy the DVD... Demand the restoration of the original soundtrack
30 December 2007 | by (Chelsea, MA) – See all my reviews

This classic John Ford masterpiece has been spoiled by bureaucratic incompentece.

Somebody in 20th Century-Fox has decided to remove the original Movietone soundtrack and replace it with an inappropriate score. it seems that for certain people, the original intentions of director John Ford were no good enough for today. Hence, the film was stripped of its sound... which means that we do not have the film as it was originally intended to be seen.

Even though in most parts of the world, as well here in the United States, most people saw the film in a silent version, the original soundtrack is a crucial element of the film and without it, the experience is incomplete.

A great film, but avoid the DVD until an authentic restored version with the original soundtrack becomes available.


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