The Four Feathers

The Four Feathers

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Overview

The Four Feathers

This was the first sound production of A.E.W. Mason's classic adventure novel, which was brought to the screen three times in the silent era. Harry Faversham (John Clements) is the son of a military man who expects his son to follow in his footsteps on the fields of battle. Gen. Burroughs (C. Aubrey Smith), the father of Faversham's sweetheart, Ethne (June Duprez), was also a hero in the Crimean War, and he often regales Harry with tales of his exploits under fire. However, Harry is not so sure he believes in the family's tradition of military service and resigns his commission in 1898, shortly before his company is scheduled to head into the Sudan. Three of Faversham's comrades in arms, Capt. John Durrance (Ralph Richardson), Lt. Peter Burroughs (Donald Gray), and Lt. Arthur Willoughby (Jack Allen), each present Harry with a white feather, symbolizing their belief that he is a coward; Ethne shares their belief, and gives him one as well. Disgusted with himself, Faversham disguises himself as a Sangali tribesman and travels to the Sudan so that he might be able to move behind enemy lines and serve the British forces as a scout and reconnaissance agent. When his former regiment is attacked, Faversham is able to lead Burroughs and Willoughby to safety, with the wounded Durrance not realizing that the Arab who saved his life was in fact the man that he accused of cowardice. The Four Feathers was a great critical and commercial success and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/11/2011
UPC: 0715515087612
Original Release: 1939
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:55:00
Sales rank: 15,892

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Clements Harry Faversham
Ralph Richardson Capt. John Durrance
C. Aubrey Smith Gen. Burroughs
June Duprez Ethne Burroughs
Allan Jeayes Gen. Faversham
Jack Allen Lt. Arthur Willoughby
Donald Gray Lt. Peter Burroughs
Frederick Culley Dr. Sutton
Clive Baxter Harry Faversham (younger)
Derek Elphinstone Lieutenant Parker
Henry Oscar Dr. Harraz
John Laurie Khalifa
Amid Taftazani Karaga Pasha
Archibald Batty Adjutant
Robert Rendel Colonel
Hal Walters Joe
Norman Pierce Sgt. Brown
Hay Petrie Mahdi Interpreter
Alexander Knox Actor

Technical Credits
Zoltan Korda Director
Donald Anderson Consultant/advisor
Lajos Biro Screenwriter
Osmond H. Borradaile Cinematographer
Godfrey Brennan Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Cardiff Cinematographer
Henry Cornelius Editor
Oliver H.P. Garrett Screenwriter
William W. Hornbeck Editor
Rene Hubert Costumes/Costume Designer
Alexander Korda Producer
Vincent Korda Production Designer
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Georges Périnal Cinematographer
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
R.C. Sherriff Screenwriter
Stirling Consultant/advisor
A.W. Watkins Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Wimperis Screenwriter

Scene Index

Audio Commentary by Film Historian Charles Drazin; ; New Video Interview with David Korda, son of Director Zoltán Korda; ; A Day at Denham, a Short Film from 1939 featuring footage of Zoltán Korda on the set of The Four Feathers; ; Theatrical Trailer; ; Plus: An Essay by Film Critic Michael Sragow

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