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Storm Over the Nile 1955 DVD - Anthony Steel / Laurence Harvey

The film depicts Harry Faversham, a sensitive child who is terrified by his father and his Crimean War friends relating tales of cowardice that often ended in suicide. Young Harry follows his father's wishes of being commissioned in the Royal North Surrey Regiment. He also becomes engaged to marry the daughter of his father's friend General Burroughs.

A year after his father's death, the North Surreys are given orders to deploy to the Sudan Campaign to join General Kitchener's forces to avenge General Gordon's death at Khartoum. Disgracefully, Harry resigns his commission on the eve of his regiment's departure, whereupon, as symbols of cowardice, he receives a white feather from each of three fellow officers and from his fiancé as well, comprising the famous four feathers.

Unable to live as a coward, Harry contacts a sympathetic friend of his father's, Dr. Sutton, to obtain his help and contacts to join the campaign in the Sudan. Meeting Dr. Sutton's friend Dr Harraz in Egypt, Harry is disguised as a member of a tribe that had their tongues cut out for their treachery by the supporters of the Mahdi. The tribe is identified with a brand that Harry undergoes as well as dyeing his skin colour. The extreme disguise is done to disguise the fact that he cannot speak Arabic or any other native language.

Following as a native worker, Harry follows his old company who have been sent independently from the main force as a distraction to the enemy. His former comrade and romantic rival Captain Durrance loses his helmet on a reconnaissance patrol. He is unable to retrieve it or move from a position facing the sun as a result of Sudanese searching for him. The hours forced to look at the hot sun destroy the nerves of his eyes, making him blind.

Harry warns the company of the enemy's night assault but he is knocked unconscious. His company is wiped out with Harry's former friends, the subalterns Burroughs and Willoughby captured by the enemy and imprisoned in Omdurman. Harry plays mute with the blind Durrance to take him to British lines, then enters Omdurman to find his old friends.

Subsequent plot pertains to the outcome of the specific four feathers & the heroic parties involved.


Anthony Steel as Harry Faversham
Laurence Harvey as John Durrance
James Robertson Justice as General Burroughs
Mary Ure as Mary Burroughs
Ronald Lewis as Peter Burroughs
Ian Carmichael as Willoughby
Jack Lambert as the Colonel
Raymond Francis as the Colonel's aide
Geoffrey Keen as Dr. Sutton
Michael Hordern as General Faversham
Ferdy Mayne as Dr. Harraz
Christopher Lee as Karaga Pasha
John Wynn as the Sergeant
Avis Scott as the Sergeant's wife
Roger Delgado as Native spy
Frank Singuineau as Native servant
Ben Williams as Faversham's butler
Vincent Holman as Burroughs' butler
Paul Streather as Harry Faversham as a boy

Runtime: 107 Minutes

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