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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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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3 August 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las cuatro plumas  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the time of its 1948 USA re-release, this film was most often paired with the USA re-release of Drums (1938) (retitled: Drums), which was usually shown on the top half of the double bill. 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 Sutton: Many a man is haunted by some fear.
Harry Faversham: With me it was more than fear. My father despised me. He believed me to be a coward. His belief turned fear into reality.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Mr. Denning Drives North (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

March from the opera Scipione
(uncredited)
Written by George Frideric Handel
Played by military band during the review of troops by Lord Kitchener
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What's Good Is Still Good
26 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

No, this isn't how we regard military service or Empire anymore, and I hope it's not how we regard other peoples and races, but there are things about this picture that still getcha.

The film celebrates friendship and mutual obligation. It celebrates courage and determination. It celebrates a beautiful young couple and the love that conquers all, and celebrates the fact that the movies never let the funny-looking guy get the girl. It celebrates C. Aubrey Smith's eyebrows, and that's reason enough to watch any film.

The real heroes are Ralph Richardson, for acting at least 100% in every scene, never coasting or losing concentration for a minute, and the euphoniously named Osmond Borrodaile, whose second unit cinematography in faraway locations with monstrous cameras under difficult conditions enlivened many a movie.


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