Four Sons (1928)

100 mins | Drama | 13 February 1928

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HISTORY

An item in the Mar 1927 Photoplay noted that John Ford would soon direct Grandma Bernley Learns Her Letters at Fox Studios. A studio time-table in the 6 Oct 1927 Hollywood Vagabond listed the film as Grandmother Bernle, and marked it as currently shooting.
       Copyright records list the length of this film as 11 reels. Fox made another adaptation of Ida Alexa Ross Wylie's short story in 1940. That film, also titled Four Sons, was directed by Archie Mayo and starred Don Ameche (see entry).
       Voted one of the “Top Best Features” of 1928 by the 1929 Film Daily Year Book, as reported in the 7 Feb 1930 FD. ... More Less

An item in the Mar 1927 Photoplay noted that John Ford would soon direct Grandma Bernley Learns Her Letters at Fox Studios. A studio time-table in the 6 Oct 1927 Hollywood Vagabond listed the film as Grandmother Bernle, and marked it as currently shooting.
       Copyright records list the length of this film as 11 reels. Fox made another adaptation of Ida Alexa Ross Wylie's short story in 1940. That film, also titled Four Sons, was directed by Archie Mayo and starred Don Ameche (see entry).
       Voted one of the “Top Best Features” of 1928 by the 1929 Film Daily Year Book, as reported in the 7 Feb 1930 FD. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
19 Feb 1928
p. 6.
Film Daily
7 Feb 1930
p. 8.
New York Times
21 Feb 1928
p. 11.
Photoplay
Mar 1927
p. 102.
Variety
15 Feb 1928
p. 24.
Variety
22 Feb 1928
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
MUSIC
Music arr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Grandmother Bernle Learns Her Letters" by Ida Alexa Ross Wylie in The Saturday Evening Post (11 Sep 1926).
SONGS
"Little Mother," words by Lew Pollack, music by Erno Rapee.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Grandma Bernley Learns Her Letters
Grandmother Bernle
Release Date:
13 February 1928
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
6 February 1928
Copyright Number:
LP24963
Physical Properties:
Silent with sound sequences
Music score and sound effects by Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
100
Length(in feet):
8,962, 9,412
Length(in reels):
9-10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

A Bavarian widow with four sons loses them in the war one by one until only Joseph is left. Having migrated to America, Joseph marries, opens a delicatessen, starts a family, and survives the war fighting on the allied side. After the war, Joseph returns to America and invites his mother to live with him and his ... +


A Bavarian widow with four sons loses them in the war one by one until only Joseph is left. Having migrated to America, Joseph marries, opens a delicatessen, starts a family, and survives the war fighting on the allied side. After the war, Joseph returns to America and invites his mother to live with him and his family. +

GENRE
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Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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