The Four Feathers

Brilliant British war movie “The Four Feathers” (1939) starring John Clements, June Duprez, Ralph Richardson among others.

The story is set in the closing stages of the 19th century when British forces are engaged in a war with Sudan’s ruling elite. Harry Faversham (John Clements) has grown up hating war and is not at all interested in armed combat. Yet he is forced to don army boots in order to pacify his father who thinks he is a coward.

An engagement is announced between Harry and Ethne Burroughs (June Duprez) but Harry resigns his commission before his regiment is due to depart to Egypt. His three friends John Durrance (Ralph Richardson), Thomas Willoughby (Jack Allen) and Peter Burroughs (Donald Grey) tease him by giving him a card with white feathers a sign of cowardice. Upon receiving this, he demands the fourth feather from his fiancee who is upset at him not going to war.

Then the story is all about our hero Harry going over to Egypt, masquerading as a local Svengali, infiltrating their ranks and helping the British troops win the war against the Sudanese and redeeming himself against his friends and his fiancee. Very beautifully made movie with clean direction, excellent cinematography, some very good war scenes, good script and some decent acting. IMDB 8/10

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  1. I have seen this movie and you are right it is brilliant.

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