Four Sons (1928)

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    • Four Sons (1928)

      FOUR SONS

      DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY JOHN FORD
      FOX FILM CORPORATION





      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)

      Cinematography
      Charles G. Clarke
      George Schneiderman

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

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

      Goofs
      * 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
      Unknown

      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Four Sons (1928)

      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
      B]This classic John Ford masterpiece has been spoiled by bureaucratic incompentece.[/B]
      Author: finki from Chelsea, MA

      Somebody in 20th Century-Fox has decided to remove the original Movietone soundtrack
      and replace it with an inappropriate score.
      it seems that for certain people, the original intentions of director John Ford
      were no good enough for today.
      Hence, the film was stripped of its sound...
      which means that we do not have the film as it was originally intended to be seen.

      Even though in most parts of the world, as well here in the United States,
      most people saw the film in a silent version,
      the original soundtrack is a crucial element of the film and without it,
      the experience is incomplete.

      A great film, but avoid the DVD until an authentic restored version
      with the original soundtrack becomes available.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Four Sons (1928)

      Here's a video clip from the movie:

      [extendedmedia]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsMJnyZv2g0[/extendedmedia]

      Thanks Elly!!
      Kevin - Moderator/Administrator
      jwayne.com
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      Official JWMB online store

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