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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

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 »

Also Known As:

As Quatro Penas See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)| Mono (Movietone) (musical score and sound effects)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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One of the few hit silent productions (although sporting synchronized sound effects) in 1929. See more »

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Version of The Four Feathers (1978) See more »

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A Rather Dark Version of The Sun Never Sets
18 October 2008 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

Paramount's final all-silent movie (with a synchronized music score and a few sound effects) was The Four Feathers (1929). Far more faithful to the Empire-at-all-costs spirit of the novel than later versions, the mood here is far less romantic (in both senses of that word). In fact, although Fay Wray plays the heroine, her role is really quite small (and she is unattractively photographed to boot). William Powell has a larger role to play, although his character is overshadowed by Richard Arlen who makes a reasonably convincing stab at the Sun-Never-Sets hero (and as his role is completely silent, his accent never shatters this illusion). Watch for a natural-born actor, Harold Hightower, in his only movie role as the boy with the monkey. Directors Schoedsack and Cooper (of King Kong fame) contribute some really thrilling, shot-on-exotic-locations, all-action sequences, including an eye-numbing hippo stampede that seems to go on forever yet never runs out of puff.


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