Four Sons

Four Sons

Director: Archie Mayo Cast: Don Ameche, Eugenie Leontovich, Mary Beth Hughes

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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This remake of John Ford's classic WW1 drama Four Sons has been updated to the Europe of the late 1930s. At the time of the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia, four sons of German-Czech parentage go off in separate ideological directions. Chris (Don Ameche) remains loyal to the concept of a free Czechoslovakia; Karl (Alan Curtis) embraces the Nazi cause; Joseph (Robert Lowery) heads to America; and the youngest, Fritz (George Ernest), is drafted in the German army and is killed during the Polish campaign. The impact of the original film is somewhat muted here, since the political ramifications of WW2 were far more complex than those of WW1, and also because Archie Mayo isn't as good a director as John Ford. By far the best performance of the film is delivered by the great Russian stage actress Eugene Leontovich, making a rare screen performance as the long-suffering mother of the Four Sons.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/13/2013
UPC: 0024543885276
Original Release: 1940
Rating: NR
Source: Fox Mod
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:28:00
Sales rank: 52,318

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Don Ameche Chris Bernic
Eugenie Leontovich Frau Bernie
Mary Beth Hughes Anna
Alan Curtis Karl
George Ernest Fritz
Robert Lowery Joseph
Lionel Royce Max Sturm
Sig Rumann Newmann
Ludwig Stossel Pastor
Christian Rub Kapek
Torben Meyer Gustav
Egon Brecher Richter
Eleanor Wesselhoeft Frau Richter
Michael Visaroff Burgomaster
Greta Meyer Frau Sturm
Ernst Hausman Schmitt
Robert O. Davis Hempel
Hans Schumm Muller
Fredrik Vogeding Hinckerman
Roberl Conway Storm Trooper
William Von Brincken Gortner

Technical Credits
Archie Mayo Director
Harry Joe Brown Producer
David Buttolph Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Richard Day Art Director
Albert Hogsett Art Director
John Howard Lawson Screenwriter
Francis D. Lyon Editor
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Milton Sperling Screenwriter
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

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