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Encyclopedia > Four Feather Falls

Four Feather Falls was the third puppet TV show produced by Sylvia and Gerry Anderson, from an idea by Barry Gray. It stars a Western sheriff who obtains four magic feathers which bring his guns to life and allow his dog and horse to speak English.


The show was made on a tight budget and could not afford sophisticated special effects. To achieve the effect of the guns' muzzle flashes, small specks of black paint were carefully applied to the 35 mm negatives, so that they would appear as white flashes on the prints.


The series was the first to use early version of Anderson's Supermarionation puppetry process, although the term wouldn't be coined until Anderson's next series, Supercar.


The series has not been repeated in Britain since the 1960s, although it was released on video there in the 1990s. In December 2004 it was announced that the rights had been acquired by Network Video, which is expected to release a Region 2 DVD in 2005.


After its cancellation Gerry Anderson was approached by Lew Grade to make puppet shows for ATV. Had Anderson failed to accept, later series such as Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet might never have been made.

External links

  • FANDERSON (http://www.fanderson.org.uk/fanderson.html) The official Gerry Anderson appreciation society site.

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Four Feather Falls - TV Comic, 1960 (2646 words)
Four Feather Falls might be a simplified version of the old west, but the characters were well rounded, there was a sly sense of humour underlying the writing, and it didn't talk down.
Four Feather Falls was the first Gerry Anderson related series to be produced by himself - Twizzle and Torchy being produced by their creator/writer Roberta Leigh.
Manager of the local bank in Four Feather Falls is Marvin Jackson, whose job as protector of the town safe dovetails somewhat in the haphazard lives of local Mexican bandits, the rotund Pedro and morose lanky Fernando (left).
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