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The Four Feathers (1929)

When British officer Harry resigns from his regiment, he is labeled a coward by his family and friends. Harry receives four white feathers as a mark of a coward. In order to redeem himself ... See full summary »

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A.E.W. Mason (novel), Hope Loring (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Richard Arlen ... Lt. Harry Faversham
Fay Wray ... Ethne Eustace
Clive Brook ... Lt. Jack Durrance
William Powell ... Capt. William Trench
Theodore von Eltz ... Lt. Castleton
Noah Beery ... Slave Trader
Zack Williams Zack Williams ... Idris
Noble Johnson ... Ahmed
Harold Hightower Harold Hightower ... Ali
Philippe De Lacy ... Harry Faversham - age 10
E.J. Ratcliffe E.J. Ratcliffe ... Col. Eustace
George Fawcett ... Col. Faversham
Augustin Symonds Augustin Symonds ... Col. Sutch
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When British officer Harry resigns from his regiment, he is labeled a coward by his family and friends. Harry receives four white feathers as a mark of a coward. In order to redeem himself and win the heart of his fiancé back and the love of his best friend, Harry sets out to return the feathers to the pockets they came from.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1929 (USA) See more »

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As Quatro Penas See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)| Mono (Movietone) (musical score and sound effects)

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1.33 : 1
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Last U.S. mainstream silent movie (many hundreds of silent movies have been made since 1929, but not as mainstream releases by major US studios). See more »

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Will Fevasham Do His Duty?
5 October 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

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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