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A British army officer who resigns his commission on the eve of his unit's embarkation to a mission against Egyptian rebels seeks to redeem his cowardice by secretly aiding his former comrades disguised as an Arab. When his unit is overwhelmed and captured by the rebels, the hero finds an opportunity to return the 'feathers' of cowardice sent to him by his former comrades by freeing them. Written by Anonymous

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3 August 1939 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alexander Korda spared no expense in this production, shooting in Technicolor and doing most of the exteriors on location in the Sudan. See more »

Goofs

The newspaper account of the climatic battle Dr. Sutton reads to Durrance says "the Dervishes' army flung themselves with fanatical bravery upon the British square". However, the battle scenes show Kitchener's troops were not in a square but were formed in two long ranks, the first kneeling in front of the second. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Harraz: Why worry? Be a coward and be happy.
Harry Faversham: I AM a coward, Doctor. If I'd been anything but a soldier I might have lived my whole life and concealed it. But to be a soldier AND a coward is to be an impostor, a menace to the men whose lives are in your hands.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: In 1885 the rebellious army of cruel dervishes enslaved and killed many thousands of defenseless natives in the Sudan, then laid siege to Khartoum. The scanty garrison's heroic commander, General Gordon appealed for help from England - but no help reached him. See more »

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Edited into Master of the World (1961) See more »

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Heard during the departure of the second lot of troops
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6 July 2003 | by (Champaign, IL) – See all my reviews



I've been around for awhile and have seen lots of movies, and I think the 1939 version of The Four Feathers is one of the best action movies ever! The photography, interior shots especially, often looks like oil painting. Sir Ralph Richardson, with his "good old Weatherby" line is unforgettable. A great motion picture rendition of a great story.


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