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A family saga in which three of a Bavarian widow's sons go to war for Germany and the fourth goes to America, Germany's eventual opponent.

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Mother Bernle
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Joseph - Her Son
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Johann - Her Son
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Franz - Her Son
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Andreas - Her Son
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Annabelle
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Major von Stomm
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The Postman
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The Schoolmaster
Archduke Leopold of Austria ...
A Captain
Ferdinand Schumann-Heink ...
A Staff Sergeant
Jack Pennick ...
The Iceman
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Soldier (uncredited)
George Blagoi ...
Officer (uncredited)
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Officer (uncredited)
Carl Boheme ...
Officer (uncredited)
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Constant Franke ...
Officer (uncredited)
Wendell Phillips Franklin ...
James Henry (uncredited)
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Officer (uncredited)
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Ellis Island Examiner (uncredited)
Hans Joby ...
Officer (uncredited)
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Baby (uncredited)
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German Army Barber (uncredited)
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Innkeeper (uncredited)
Michael Mark ...
Von Stomm's Orderly (uncredited)
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Police Sergeant (uncredited)
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Johann's Girl (uncredited)
L.J. O'Connor ...
Aubergiste (uncredited)
Robert Parrish ...
Joseph's Son (uncredited)
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Officer (uncredited)
August Tollaire ...
The Burgomeister (uncredited)
Carl von Haartman ...
German Officer (uncredited)
Tibor von Janny ...
Officer (uncredited)
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Officer (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Ford

Written by

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Philip Klein ... (adapted by)
 
I.A.R. Wylie ... (story) (as Miss I.A.R. Wylie)
 
Herman Bing ... () (uncredited)
 
H.H. Caldwell ... (titles) (uncredited)
 
Katherine Hilliker ... (titles) (uncredited)

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John Ford ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Carli Elinor ... (uncredited)
Erno Rapee ... (uncredited)

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Charles G. Clarke ... (photographed by)
George Schneiderman ... (photographed by)

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Margaret Clancey ... film editor (as Margaret V. Clancey)

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H.H. Caldwell ... production editor
Katherine Hilliker ... production editor (as Katharine Hilliker)

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Kathleen Kay ... (costumes designed by)

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R.L. Hough ... assistant director (as R. Lee Hough)
Edward O'Fearna ... assistant director

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John Wayne ... props (uncredited)

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Sam Benson ... wardrobe (uncredited)

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Maurice Baron ... orchestrator (uncredited)
S.L. Rothafel ... music arranger (uncredited)

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William Fox ... presenter
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Plot Summary

In Burgendorf, Bavaria, Mother Bernle has four sons. Franz is in the army, Johann works at the forge, Andreas tends the sheep. Joseph is riding a hay wagon with a pretty girl when some of the hay falls off, landing on the fearsome Maj. Von Stomm. Joseph gets a slap from the major... The jovial postman has brought a letter from America. Joseph has the offer of a job in the States. But getting there is so expensive... It's Mother Bernle's birthday and most of the town gathers for the dancing. Mother gives Joseph the money she has secreted away. He leaves for the USA... It is "Der Tag", The Day when war is declared. Franz and Johann are excited about their new uniforms. But America is still neutral. Joseph runs the German-American Delicatessen with his new wife Annabelle. The reports of the first German battles with the Russians are good. So why does the postman carry a black-edged letter for Mother Bernle? When America does enter the war, Joseph enlists and meets his friend, the iceman from the deli... Times are very bad in Burgendorf. Von Stomm accuses Mother Bernle: she is the "mother of a traitor"... Written by David Steele

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Taglines BIG AS THE HEART OF HUMANITY! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les quatre fils (France)
  • Cuatro hijos (Spain)
  • Fyra söner (Sweden)
  • Fire Sønner (Denmark)
  • Os Quatro Filhos (Portugal)
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Trivia The film set a permanent attendance record at New York's Roxy Theater See more »
Goofs In the New York City sequences, which take place immediately after World War I (1919-1920), all of the women's fashions are strictly in the style of 1928, and all of the automobiles are of late 1920's design. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Hollywood (1980). See more »
Soundtracks Little Mother See more »
Quotes The Schoolmaster: Books, Herr Postman, are friends that never deceive,
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