Four Feathers is a good picture. Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack were the producers. They made Chang. It is no secret that Feathers’ treatment was primarily photographic. The dramatics followed. Cooper and Schoedsack must also have been the directors of the story part, for no one else is credited. Nor is a photographer named.
Ever see a herd of hippo slide down a steep bank of a jungle watering place? Ever see a large family of baboons hop from limb to limb to escape a forest fire? Or a huge army of black savages dashing to battle on white camels? These three items are Four Feathers.
The white feather is the symbol of cowardice in the British army. The principal character and subsequent hero of A.W. Mason’s novel receives four white feathers.
Tale is set late in the last century. Four Feathers is highly reminiscent of Beau Geste. Pictorially they are much the same.
Richard Arlen’s performance is good most of the while, excellent at times. William Powell is next with the most to do and does it like Powell. Clive Brook is not handed his usual weighty part and isn’t impressive because of that, while Theodore von Eltz, as the lesser of the four chums, has no opportunity to be more than satisfactory. Fay Wray only has to look good.