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The Four Feathers (1939)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 3 August 1939 (USA)
Resigning his commission on the eve of his unit's deployment against Egyptian rebels, a British officer seeks to redeem his cowardice by secretly aiding his former comrades - disguised as ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Clements ...
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Captain John Durrance
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Allan Jeayes ...
Jack Allen ...
Lieutenant Willoughby
Donald Gray ...
Peter Burroughs
Frederick Culley ...
Clive Baxter ...
Young Harry Faversham
Robert Rendel ...
Colonel
Archibald Batty ...
Adjutant
Derek Elphinstone ...
Lieutenant Parker
Hal Walters ...
Joe
Norman Pierce ...
Sergeant Brown
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Resigning his commission on the eve of his unit's deployment against Egyptian rebels, a British officer 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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Las cuatro plumas  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Storm Over the Nile (1955) reuses a lot of the battle sequences from this film which did not lend themselves very well to cropping necessary to achieve the width of the CinemaScope ratio, nor did their comparative fuzziness blend well with the new footage which surrounded it. See more »

Goofs

Just after the Khalifa moves his troops away from the river owing to the ruse, and the British/Egyptian boats start to move, one of the boats shows a white ensign in which the union flag (in the first quarter) is upside down. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Harraz: Why worry? Be a coward and be happy.
Harry Faversham: No, doctor. I have been a coward and I wasn't happy.
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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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Referenced in The Falls (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Robert Burns, music traditional
Heard during the departure of the Regiment
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Rousing Adventure Epic
26 January 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A young English army officer resigns his commission just as war in Africa breaks out. His 3 best friends, officers all, and his fiancée each give him a white feather - the sign of the coward. Shunned & ostracized, he undertakes a mission to clear his honour & prove his courage.

This is a wonderful British adventure film, equally on a par with anything Hollywood was to produce in that golden year of 1939. Shot in color, with spare-no-expense filming in the Sudan, THE FOUR FEATHERS is a paean to the glory days of Victoria's Empire & the men who fought to build it.

Sir John Clements is excellent as the young hero. Although virtually unknown to American audiences his entire career, Sir John was a very fine actor with a warmly distinctive voice which he uses here to advantage. Sir Ralph Richardson appears, terrific as always, as one of the friends; so does John Laurie, very good as the troublesome Khalifa. Sir C. Aubrey Smith, magnificent as a curmudgeonly old general, provides the final hurdle Sir John must jump to regain his reputation.


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