Four Sons (1928)

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    Information from IMDb

    Plot Summary
    Mother Bernle is a widow in Bavaria with four sons:
    Franz, Johann, Andreas and Joseph.
    Joseph receives a job offer from the United States,
    and he is given money to travel there by his mother.
    The First World War is heating up. Franz,
    who is already serving in the German army,
    is joined by Johann and Andreas.
    In America, Joseph has married and is running a delicatessen
    . when America enters the war,
    Joseph enlists to fight for the American side.
    This causes problems for Mother Bernle, who is shunned in her village.
    By ethanedwards

    Full Cast
    Margaret Mann ... Mother Bernle
    James Hall ... Joseph 'Dutch' Bernle
    Charles Morton ... Johann Bernle
    Ralph Bushman ... Franz Bernle (as Francis X. Bushman Jr.)
    George Meeker ... Andreas Bernle
    June Collyer ... Annabelle
    Earle Foxe ... Maj. von Stomm
    Albert Gran ... The postman
    Frank Reicher ... The schoolmaster
    Archduke Leopold of Austria ... A captain
    Ferdinand Schumann-Heink ... A staff sergeant
    Jack Pennick ... The Iceman (Joseph's American friend)
    Frank Baker ... Soldier (uncredited)
    George Blagoi ... Officer (uncredited)
    Stanley Blystone ... Officer (uncredited)
    Carl Boheme ... Officer (uncredited)
    Harry Cording ... (uncredited)
    Constant Franke ... Officer (uncredited)
    Wendell Phillips Franklin ... James Henry (uncredited)
    Hans Fuerberg ... Officer (uncredited)
    Joseph W. Girard ... Ellis Island examiner (uncredited)
    Hans Joby ... Officer (uncredited)
    Carmencita Johnson ... Baby (uncredited)
    Bob Kortman ... German barber (uncredited)
    Hughie Mack ... Innkeeper (uncredited)
    Michael Mark ... Von Stomm's orderly (uncredited)
    Tom McGuire ... Police sergeant (uncredited)
    Ruth Mix ... Johann's girl (uncredited)
    L.J. O'Connor ... Aubergiste (uncredited)
    Robert Parrish ... Joseph's son (uncredited)
    Harry Tenbrook ... Officer (uncredited)
    August Tollaire ... The burgomeister (uncredited)
    Tibor von Janny ... Officer (uncredited)
    Duke Morrison ... Officer (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    (Herman Bing uncredited
    H.H. Caldwell titles (uncredited)
    Katherine Hilliker titles (uncredited)
    Philip Klein adaptation
    I.A.R. Wylie story "Grandma Bernle Learns Her Letters" (as Miss I.A.R. Wylie)

    Original Music
    Carli Elinor (uncredited)

    Charles G. Clarke
    George Schneiderman

    Art Department
    Duke Morrison .... props (uncredited)

    * F.W. Murnau's city sets from Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) were re-used for the New York sequences.

    * Anachronisms: In the New York City sequences, which take place immediately after World War I (1919-1920), all of the women's fashions are strictly in the style of 1928, and all of the automobiles are of late 1920's design.

    Filming Locations

    Best Wishes
    London- England

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  • Four Sons is a 1928 silent drama film directed and produced by John Ford
    and written for the screen by Philip Klein from a story by I. A. R. Wylie
    first published in the Saturday Evening Post as "Grandmother Bernle Learns Her Letters" (1926).
    It is one of only a handful of survivors out of the more than fifty silent films that
    Ford directed between 1917 and 1928.
    It starred Margaret Mann, James Hall, and Charles Morton.
    The film is also notable for the presence of the young John Wayne
    in an uncredited role as an Officer. Though "silent," it was released
    with a Movietone music and sound effects track.

    It was remade in 1940 with Don Ameche and Eugenie Leontovich, directed by Archie Mayo,
    albeit the time frame was moved up to World War II.

    John Ford asked that Duke be assigned,
    to the crew of this picture.
    In what was supposedly an autumn scene,
    and whilst the mother was crying
    Duke's job was to toss up maple leaves,
    so that a fan would blow them onto the set.

    Duke remembered.


    I'd go out and sweep the leaves away,
    and get ready to do another take....
    We kept doing this, over and over again,
    and it got to be fairly monotonous

    During one take, Duke the still in-experienced prop boy,
    threw the leaves into the air, and watched them waft across the set.


    I figured the scene was over

    Said Duke


    and I picked up the broom, went in, started to sweep.
    I looked up, and I'm looking right into two cameras-
    and they're turning!.
    I just threw down down my goddamn broom
    and started to walk off.

    Ford shook his head and broke up laughing

    Duke said


    They took me back to Ford
    and he bent me over, and kicked me in the a**

    User Review

    Best Wishes
    London- England

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