The Four Feathers (1939)

“If I’d been anything but a soldier I might have lived my whole life and concealed it. But to be a soldier and a coward is to be an imposter, a menace to the men whose lives are in your hands.” Based on a 1902 adventure novel by British author A.E.W. Mason, The Four Feathers concerns a British army officer, Lieutenant Harry Faversham (John Clements), who is accused of cowardice and sets forth on a quest to redeem his honor. Directed by Zoltan Korda (Jungle Book) and produced by his brother Alexander, this classic adventure film, which was mostly filmed on location in the Sudan, also stars Ralph Richardson, Donald Gray, Jack Allen, June Duprez, Allan Jeaves and C. Aubrey Smith. The film was remade several times, including a rather mediocre 2002 version that starred Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley and Kate Hudson. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography but lost out to Gone with the Wind.

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