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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 »

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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Original author A.E.W. Mason wrote a letter to Richard Arlen congratulating him on his performance. See more »

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Featured in David O. Selznick: 'Your New Producer' (1935) See more »

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Desert Fantasy
18 August 2017 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

I liked this version better than the 1939 British version but it is still very hard to swallow. The novel is famous and so are the film versions, but I thought that "The Four Feathers" is the height of escapist entertainment. Not for a minute did I buy the premise of a dishonored soldier redeeming himself by such preposterous acts of heroism and gallantry.

In any case, this one is more exciting and absorbing than the later version in that the battle scenes and location shots were staged better, and the actors were more suited to their roles. I especially mean casting Richard Arlen as Harry Faversham. He was better by far than John Clements, who even at the end of the film still seemed like a weakling, whereas Arlen never did. He seemed more conflicted than cowardly. This '29 version has affirmed my belief that remakes are inferior to originals - even if this was twice filmed previously.


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