"Four Feather Falls, Four Feather Falls – there's always magic in the air..."

Four Feather Falls, a charming puppet western created by composer Barry Gray and Gerry Anderson, marks the beginning of Supermarionation. For their first production independent of Roberta Leigh, AP Films employed the techniques that, when combined, constitute the unique the art-form. Most notably, Four Feather Falls was the first series to employ innovative automatic lip-sync technology that saw pre-recorded dialogue converted into electrical impulses that would be fed down a wire into a solenoid housed inside the puppet's head – causing the mouth to open and close.

Sheriff Tex Tucker

Voice: Nicholas Parsons

The Sheriff of Four Feather Falls

 

Dusty

Voice: Kenneth Connor

Tex Tucker’s dog

 

Rocky

Voice: Kenneth Connor

Tex Tucker’s upper-class English horse

 

Ma Jones

Voice: Denise Bryer

Proprietor of the General Store

 

Grampa Twink

Voice: David Graham

The oldest resident of Four Feather Falls

 

Little Jake

Voice: Denise Bryer

Grandson of Grandpa Twink

 

Dan Morse

Voice: Nicholas Parsons

Telegraph Operator

 

Doc Haggerty

Voice: Kenneth Connor

Irish Doctor

 

Slim Jim

Voice: Kenneth Connor

Proprietor of the Saloon

 

Big Chief Kalamakooya

Voice: Kenneth Connor

Magical Red Indian Chief

 

Makooya

Voice: Denise Bryer

Grandson of Big Chief Kalamakooya

 

Pedro

Voice: Kenneth Connor

Fat Mexican bandit that wants to make money without damaging his hat.

 

Fernando

Voice: David Graham

Pedro’s weary, thin sidekick

 

Big Ben

Voice: David Graham

Villainous Horse Rustler

 

Red Scalp

Voice: David Graham

Untrustworthy Red Indian

FORMAT

In the Wild West of America, Sheriff Tex Tucker maintains law and order with the aid of four magic feathers that allow his dog and horse to speak and his guns to fire without him even touching them.

PRODUCED BY

A.P. Films

Gerry Anderson

DIRECTED BY

Gerry Anderson

David Elliott

Alan Pattillo

 

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Arthur Provis                                

John Read

 

ART DIRECTOR

Reg Hill

 

SPECIAL EFFECTS

John Read

 

PRODUCTION SUPERVISION/PRODUCTION MANAGER   

Jim Marsh

 

MUSIC AND LYRICS COMPOSED, ARRANGED AND CONDUCTED BY 

Barry Gray

 

PUPPETRY BY                                     

Christine Glanville                                          

Mary Turner                                                                

Roger Woodburn

 

SCULPTORS/CARPENTRY

Peter Cook

Jack Whitehead

 

BASED ON AN ORIGINAL IDEA BY

Gerry Anderson & Barry Gray

CHARACTER VOICES

Kenneth Connor

Nicholas Parsons

Denise Bryer

David Graham

 

TEX TUCKER'S SINGING VOICE BY                     

Michael Holliday

 

HARMONICA

Tommy Reilly

EDITORIAL SUPERVISION

David Elliott

 

FILM EDITOR
Bert Rule

Alan Pattillo

David Elliott

 

ASSISTANT EDITOR

Gordon Davie

 

DUBBING EDITOR

John Kelly

 

ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR

Bob Bell

 

CONTINUITY

Sylvia Thamm

 

TECHNICAL ADVISOR

Bob Ledbetter

 

PROPERTY MASTER

Arthur Cripps

 

SPECIAL EFFECTS ASSISTANT

Derek Meddings

 

CAMERA OPERATOR

Kumar Soni

 

CHIEF ELECTRICIAN

Albert Scott

 

MADE BY/PRODUCED BY

APF in association with Granada TV Network. 

 

SOUND

Westrex System.

EPHEMERA

During the production of Four Feather Falls, composer and co-creator Barry Gray brought his personal 16mm camera in to the studio in order to film the cast and crew of the series at work and play. The result is this unique and charming record of AP Films during the early stages of its development.

Four Feather Falls, Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet & the Mysterons, Joe 90 & The Secret Service are ™ and © ITC Entertainment Group Limited 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1999 and 2020. All Rights Reserved.

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