|| United States
||February 12, 1928
||Fox Film Corporation
||Fox Film Corporation
|Joseph "Dutch" Bernle
||Francis X. Bushman Jr.
|American Police Officer
Four Sons is a 1928 World War I silent film directed and produced by John Ford. The story takes place in Germany during the war where a Bavarian mother Bernle deals with her four young sons, three of them fighting for the German Empire and the other joins the U.S. Army. The movie is based on the novel Grandmother Bernle Learns Her Letters by I. A. R. Wylie and features a young John Wayne in an uncredited role as an American police officer.
In 1940 a sound film remake was directed by Archie Mayo starring Don Ameche, Mary Beth Hughes, and Alan Curtis. However, this film was not set in Bavaria, but in Czechoslovakia during World War II.
The following weapons were used in the film Four Sons:
An American officer carries a pistol that has the silhouette of a Colt M1911.
Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
The officer advances through the foggy No Man's Land.
"What's eatin' yuh, Dutch? Let's go, we movin' up!
A German Captain (Archduke Leopold of Austria) gives Colonel von Stomm (Earle Foxe) a Luger P08 to shoot himself.
"A parting gift from the regiment, Herr Colonel, to speed you to a better world!
"Shall we say, in ten minutes?
Von Stomm braces himself with the pistol in hand.
Mauser Gewehr 1898
German soldiers including Franz (Francis X. Bushman Jr.) and Andreas Bernle (George Meeker) carry Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles through the movie.
Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Franz shoulders his Mauser during the introduction of his mother.
The Lange Visier
rear sight is seen during the changing of the guard.
Franz and other soldiers marching with Gewehr 98s
A barracks Guard with Gewehr 98 equipped with Seitengewehr
98/05 bayonet speaks with Mother Bernle (Margaret Mann).
During the parade at the start of World War One, many German soldiers including Johann Bernle (Charles Morton) are seen with Krag-Jørgensen M1896 rifles standing in for Gewehr 98s.
Krag-Jørgensen Model 1896 - .30-40 Krag
The Bavarian garrison marches with full-length Krag-Jørgensen rifles to the railway station. Note the curved bolt handles and typical loading gates.
Johann carries a Krag-Jørgensen over his shoulder.
On the 9th of November 1918, Joseph "Dutch" Bernle (James Hall) and other American Doughboys can be seen wielding Springfield M1903 rifles.
Springfield M1903 with M1905 bayonet - .30-06
Joseph approaches cautiously the German Foxhole with his Springfield at the ready.
He lies beside a wounded German soldier to whom he offers something to drink.
The rifle can be seen as he gets up to move on.
A behind-the-scenes picture shows James Hall on the right with the Springfield rifle; next to the director John Ford
and fellow actor George Meeker.
Mauser Karabiner 98AZ
A Mauser 98AZ Carbine is very briefly seen during the suicide of von Stomm.
Mauser Karabiner 98AZ - 7.92x57mm
The soldier in the left background holds the Kar98AZ. Note the larger front sight.
Another view of a carbine that shows the stacking hook.
Maxim MG 08
A Maxim MG08 is carried by German soldiers at the railway station. Another broken Maxim is later seen in a crater.
Maxim MG08 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers transport the Maxim into the train carriage.
Joseph bends over the broken Maxim; the gun is separated from the 'sledge' 08 mount.