Fun Size Review: The Four Feathers (1929)

Before they went ape for King Kong, Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack and Fay Wray made this military adventure. There have been many film adaptations of The Four Feathers but the cast really sets this one apart: William Powell, Richard Arlen, Clive Brook and Noah Beery. Arlen plays a soldier who is branded a coward by his best friends and his fiancee so he sets out to prove them wrong. Given the generally negative reviews, I was surprised and delighted by how good this movie is. This late silent deserves a revival.

Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into, William Powell.
Here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into, William Powell.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

Our hero proves his bravery by saving his pals– and, of course, Fay Wray loves him.

If it were a dessert it would be: Creamy Rice Pudding. Written off by many people, it’s actually quite wonderful if you give it a chance.

Read my full-length review here. (I also cover the famous 1939 Korda remake.)

Availability: Currently out-of-print and the copies available were pretty shabby and faded. Better prints exist but have not yet been made available to the general public. Pout!