Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

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    • Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

      DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK

      DIRECTED BY JOHN FORD
      PRODUCED BY RAYMOND GRIFFITH
      EXECUTIVE PRODUCER DARRYL F. ZANUCK
      20th. CENTURY FOX



      Information From IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Gilbert 'Gil' Martin, a civilized man from the East coast colonies, finds himself a loving bride,
      Magdelana 'Lana', and takes her West to start a homestead in the Mohawk Valley (in Upstate New York).
      Gil joins the minutemen, but when the Indians it's named after attack the rebellious colonists,
      instigated by the British, their home and belongings go up in flames, Lana looses their baby.
      Destitute they move and find a wealthy old widow, who is happy to put them up in her fine estate
      in exchange for help from both of them, but the horrors of war catch up, even the fort isn't guaranteed safe...
      Written by KGF Vissers

      Full Cast
      Claudette Colbert ... Magdalena 'Lana' Martin
      Henry Fonda ... Gilbert 'Gil' Martin
      Edna May Oliver ... Sarah McKlennar
      Eddie Collins ... Christian Reall
      John Carradine ... Caldwell
      Dorris Bowdon ... Mary Reall
      Jessie Ralph ... Mrs. Weaver
      Arthur Shields ... Rev. Rosenkrantz
      Robert Lowery ... John Weaver
      Roger Imhof ... Gen. Nicholas Herkimer
      Francis Ford ... Joe Boleo
      Ward Bond ... Adam Hartman
      Kay Linaker ... Mrs. Demooth
      Russell Simpson ... Dr. Petry
      Spencer Charters ... Innkeeper
      Si Jenks ... Jacob Small
      Jack Pennick ... Amos Hartman (as J. Ronald Pennick)
      Arthur Aylesworth ... George Weaver
      Chief John Big Tree ... Blue Back (as Chief Big Tree)
      Charles Tannen ... Dr. Robert Johnson
      Paul McVey ... Capt. Mark Demooth
      Tiny Jones ... Mrs. Reall (as Elizabeth Jones)
      Beulah Hall Jones ... Daisy
      Edwin Maxwell ... Rev. Daniel Gros
      Robert Greig ... Mr. Borst - Lana's Father
      Clara Blandick ... Mrs. Borst - Lana's Mother
      Frank Baker ... Commander of Colonial Troops (uncredited)
      Noble Johnson ... Native American (uncredited)
      Mae Marsh ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
      Lionel Pape ... General (uncredited)
      Tom Tyler ... Capt. Morgan (uncredited)
      Clarence Wilson ... Paymaster (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Walter D. Edmonds (novel)
      Lamar Trotti (writer) and
      Sonya Levien (writer)
      William Faulkner uncredited

      Original Music
      Alfred Newman

      Trivia
      John Ford's first film in color.

      Clarence Wilson in the role as "Paymaster" and Lionel Pape in the role of "General"
      are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie.

      Goofs
      * Continuity: When Gil is running to the next fort for help he crosses a stream with the 3 Indians in hot pursuit.
      The next scene shows him running into the woods and his pant legs are completely dry.

      * Revealing mistakes: When the Indians first attack the settlers during the land clearing,
      the first Indian to shoot at the fleeing settlers fires a musket shot and then falls down as
      though shot before anyone returns fire.

      Filming locations
      Duck Creek, Kanab, Utah, USA
      Kanab, Utah, USA
      Wasatch Range, Utah, USA
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Western Movie Classics- Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

      Drums Along the Mohawk is a 1939 historical Technicolor film based upon
      a 1936 novel of the same name by American author, Walter D. Edmonds.
      The film was produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and directed by John Ford.
      Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert portray settlers on the New York frontier
      during the American Revolution.
      The couple suffer British, Tory, and Indian attacks on their farm
      before the Revolution ends and peace is restored.
      The film—Ford's first color feature—was well received,
      was nominated for two Academy Awards and became a major box office success,
      grossing over US$1 million in its first year.
      This was also the first time Claudette Colbert would be filmed in color.
      While filming Claudette Colbert had actually worried
      she might have not looked as good in color as she did in black and white



      I liked this film,, and it seemed so different.
      It was of course, John Ford's first film in colour,
      and how striking it was!
      Henry Fonda, played a great and inspiring part,
      and made a great partnership with Claudette Colbert.
      As with any Ford movie, a few of the stock company
      here as well,
      Ward Bond, Jack Pennick, John Carridine,
      Mae Marsh, and Arthur Shields.
      A trial and tribulation story of the folks,
      who would be be pestered by colonists,
      and if that was not enough, Indians!
      Released one week prior to the release of the Claire Trevor-John Wayne film Allegheny Uprising,
      set in the same time period of history, Drums Along the Mohawk was the better received of the two.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

      kilo 6 wrote:

      Been a long time since I saw this one but as I recall it's a good un.


      Yes, it's a very good 'un. Highly recommended for fans of historical movies.
      De gustibus non est disputandum
    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

      I agree, this is a great movie, and is one of my most favorite Henry Fonda movies next to: The Grape of Wrath. John Ford did an excellent job in making this movie and the color was-WOW. Now that I have it on DvD, everytime I watch this movie, I also have to watch: Unconquered w/ Gary Cooper-as a companion feature.
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..
    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

      The Ringo Kid wrote:

      I agree, this is a great movie, and is one of my most favorite Henry Fonda movies next to: The Grape of Wrath. John Ford did an excellent job in making this movie and the color was-WOW. Now that I have it on DvD, everytime I watch this movie, I also have to watch: Unconquered w/ Gary Cooper-as a companion feature.


      Drums Along The Mohawk by John Ford and Unconquered by Cecil B DeMille. It doesn't get much better. Though, the former is about the American Revolution, the latter about the French-Indian War.
    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

      Hi WaynamoJim, completely agree and yep, know which wars they represented. I think I favor Unconquered more since I like Gary Cooper a bit more than Henry Fonda.
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..
    • Re: Directors Of The Saddle- John Ford

      ringo kid!
      I also highly recommend another Ford film made in 39.
      Drums Along the Mohawk... also with Henry Fonda,Claudette Colbert,John Carradine and Ward Bond.
      ''baby sister i was born game and intend to go out that way.''
    • Re: Directors Of The Saddle- John Ford

      BILL OF PA wrote:

      ringo kid!
      I also highly recommend another Ford film made in 39.
      Drums Along the Mohawk... also with Henry Fonda,Claudette Colbert,John Carradine and Ward Bond.


      And for you interest here's our review,
      Drums Along the Mohawk
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England
    • Re: Directors Of The Saddle- John Ford

      IVE SEEN DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK ABOUT 50 TIMES.ANOTHER GREAT FILM.ITS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE AS WELL.ONE OF THE GREAT MANY SCENES IS Fonda pursued by Indians for a long chase over woodlands, finally wearing out his pursuers who collapse from sheer exhaustion.
    • Re: John Ford- Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

      Francis Feeney in one of his many appearances in this film. Feeney and pumpk&#10.jpg Give up......wouldn't take the URL this time.
      God, she reminds me of me! DUKE
    • Just seen again, good fun.

      Looking back at it these days, it's like
      one long western period costume drama

      However well played by Fonda and Corbett
      and a special treat with the addition of
      a John Ford favourite Chief John Big Tree
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England