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Good old fashioned 'Boys Own' adventure story.
on 3 May 2013
Based on the novel by A E W Mason, this is good old fashioned 'Boys Own' adventure story set in the Sudan shortly after Gordon of Khartoum was killed. An army officer resigns his commission just as his regiment is posted to the battle front in the Sudan. His friends and his fiancee each send him a white feather signifying cowardice. He sets out to prove them wrong. Made in 1939 and shot on location in the Sudan, the technicolor film quality belies its age and is very good for its era. This story has been filmed a couple of times under different titles, but this is arguably the best. PS: I wrote that about the DVD. I now have a Blu-ray version; The video is markedly better with vibrant colours and a lighter, brighter picture, particularly in the indoor shots. The sound, on the other hand, was not so satisfactory. The speech was clear enough but has a slightly louder dynamic and the music suffered from amplitude distortion. Having said that the Blu-ray is worth having for the picture alone.