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The 7 Jul 1926 Var reported that Richard Barthelmess would begin work on Four Feathers, his final Inspiration Pictures project, on 15 Jul 1926, under the direction of Sidney Olcott. This film did not come to fruition.
       According to a production directory in the 8 Dec 1928 Exhibitors Herald-Moving Picture World, work began on The Four Feathers on 18 Sep 1928.
       Filmed on locations in Africa, including the Egyptian Sudan. For information on other filmed adaptations of A. E. W. Mason's novel, please see the entry for the 1915 Metro release, Four Feathers. ... More Less

The 7 Jul 1926 Var reported that Richard Barthelmess would begin work on Four Feathers, his final Inspiration Pictures project, on 15 Jul 1926, under the direction of Sidney Olcott. This film did not come to fruition.
       According to a production directory in the 8 Dec 1928 Exhibitors Herald-Moving Picture World, work began on The Four Feathers on 18 Sep 1928.
       Filmed on locations in Africa, including the Egyptian Sudan. For information on other filmed adaptations of A. E. W. Mason's novel, please see the entry for the 1915 Metro release, Four Feathers. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
8 Dec 1928
p. 50.
Film Daily
16 Jun 1929
p. 8.
New York Times
13 Jun 1929
p. 35.
Variety
7 Jul 1926
p. 13.
Variety
19 Jun 1929
p. 24.
DETAILS
Release Date:
28 December 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 12 June 1929
Production Date:
began 18 September 1928
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
27 December 1929
Copyright Number:
LP945
Physical Properties:
Silent with sound sequences
Mus score and sd eff by Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si.
Duration(in mins):
80
Length(in feet):
7,472
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Harry Faversham, a British regimental officer, fears the consequences of war. When his regiment is sent to active duty in the Sudan, he leaves the military service to marry Ethne Eustace. His companions, Durrance, Trench, and Castleton, learn he has actually resigned out of cowardice, and each sends him a white feather, symbolizing a disgrace that causes his father's death. Determined to redeem himself, he leaves England and becomes an African wanderer. Learning that Trench is imprisoned in a native fortress, he goes there but is himself captured; they are sold to a slave trader, but Harry kills him and they are pursued by tribesmen; a jungle fire and a herd of hippopotami prevent their escape across the Nile, but they are rescued by British soldiers in the Sudan, where Harry returns feathers to Durrance and Trench. The outpost is besieged by fuzzy-wuzzies, but a relief column under Castleton saves the British and Harry proves his bravery by killing the native chieftain.Later, the last feather is redeemed to Ethne, and the four comrades are decorated in ... +


Harry Faversham, a British regimental officer, fears the consequences of war. When his regiment is sent to active duty in the Sudan, he leaves the military service to marry Ethne Eustace. His companions, Durrance, Trench, and Castleton, learn he has actually resigned out of cowardice, and each sends him a white feather, symbolizing a disgrace that causes his father's death. Determined to redeem himself, he leaves England and becomes an African wanderer. Learning that Trench is imprisoned in a native fortress, he goes there but is himself captured; they are sold to a slave trader, but Harry kills him and they are pursued by tribesmen; a jungle fire and a herd of hippopotami prevent their escape across the Nile, but they are rescued by British soldiers in the Sudan, where Harry returns feathers to Durrance and Trench. The outpost is besieged by fuzzy-wuzzies, but a relief column under Castleton saves the British and Harry proves his bravery by killing the native chieftain.Later, the last feather is redeemed to Ethne, and the four comrades are decorated in England. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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