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Four Sons (1928)

Four Sons (1928)





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Long though lost, Four Sons reemerged in the 1960s, proving anew that the silent films of director John Ford were every bit as accomplished as his talkies. More "Germanic" in tone and texture than later Ford films, Four Sons is the story of the Bernle family of Bavaria. Mother Bernle (Margaret Mann) dotes upon her four sons Joseph (James Hall), Johann (Charles Morton), Franz (Francis X. Bushman Jr.) and Andres (George Meeker), but is powerless in guiding their destinies. When WW I breaks out, her sons march off to the front: one of the boys fights for the AEF, the others for the Kaiser. The film's most poignant sequence takes place on the battlefield, when one of the sons stumbles upon his mortally wounded brother. Though the dying man's plaintive cries are heard on the Fox Movietone soundtrack, the scene itself is effectively played in pantomime. An updated version of Four Sons, wherein the locale was switched from Bavaria to Czechoslovakia, was filmed in 1940, starring Don Ameche, Alan Curtis, Robert Lowery and George Ernest.
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James Hall
as Joseph
Earl Foxe
as Major Von Stomm
Margaret Mann
as Frau Bernle
June Collyer
as Annabelle Bernle
Wendell Franklin
as James Henry
Albert Gran
as Postman
Auguste Tollaire
as Burgomaster
Frank Reicher
as Schoolmaster
Jack Pennick
as Joseph's American Friend
Hughie Mack
as Innkeeper
Ruth Mix
as Johann's Girl
Robert Parrish
as Joseph's son
Michael Mark
as Von Stomm's Orderly
L.J. O'Connor
as Aubergiste
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Critic Reviews for Four Sons

All Critics (3)

Well made family chronicle offers a blistering pacifist attack on war.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
Classic Film and Television

This is Ford at his most visually baroque.

Full Review… | February 3, 2011
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The moving sentimental tale about the horrors of war registered with the public, who made it a smashing box office hit.

Full Review… | July 30, 2010
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John Ford's sentimental silent favorite is often very effective, particularly during the WWI war sequences.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

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