By 1939 three film versions of A.E.W Mason's novel - The Four Feathers - a story of heroism and cowardice in the Sudan had been released. Korda's magnificent fourth version, released on the brink of war to widespread critical and box office enthusiasm, is deservedly the most famous. John Clements plays Henry Faversham, an English officer who resigns his commission just before fellow officers set off for war in the Sudan. Three of his friends send him white feathers in contempt and the ultimate insult is when the woman he loves presents him with the fourth. In despair he follows his regiment to Africa - surviving a gruelling trek across the Sudanese desert to join the fight and prove his courage.