Drums in the Deep South (1951)

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    • Drums in the Deep South (1951)



      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Best friends Clay Clayburn and Will Denning graduate from West Point
      only to soon find themselves fighting on opposite sides of the Civil War.
      When the two men meet each other in combat, neither knows it as each is in an artillery position
      hundreds of yards from the other. However, the love of Clay's life,
      Kathy Summers, does know and tries desperately to save her two good friends from killing each other.
      Written by Alfred Jingle

      Full Cast
      James Craig ... Maj. Clay Clayburn
      Barbara Payton ... Kathy Summers
      Guy Madison ... Maj. Will Denning
      Barton MacLane ... Sgt. Mac McCardle
      Robert Osterloh ... Sgt. Harper
      Tom Fadden ... Purdy
      Robert Easton ... Jerry
      Louis Jean Heydt ... Col. House
      Craig Stevens ... Col. Braxton Summers
      Taylor Holmes ... Albert Monroe
      Lewis Martin ... Gen. Johnston
      Peter Brocco ... Union Corporal
      Dan White ... Corp. Jennings
      Robert Clarke ... Union Officer (uncredited)
      Kenne Duncan ... Union Officer (uncredited)
      Roy Gordon ... Lt. Col. Fitzgerald (uncredited)
      James Griffith ... Union Officer Reporting to Denning (uncredited)
      Myron Healey ... Union Lieutenant (uncredited)
      Todd Karns ... Union Captain (uncredited)
      Norman Leavitt ... Confederate Soldier (uncredited)
      Frank Marlowe ... Confederate Soldier (uncredited)
      Tom Monroe ... Confederate Soldier (uncredited)
      Billy Nelson ... Union Sergeant (uncredited)
      Steve Pendleton ... Capt. Travis (uncredited)
      Denver Pyle ... Union Soldier Breaking Window (uncredited)
      Mickey Simpson ... Jim Burns, Confederate Soldier (uncredited)
      Ray Walker ... Union Officer (uncredited)
      Guy Wilkerson ... Confederate Sentry (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Philip Yordan (screenplay) and
      Sidney Harmon (screenplay)
      Hollister Noble (story)

      Original Music
      Dimitri Tiomkin

      Lionel Lindon

      The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright
      resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could
      duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film.
      Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely
      (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality,
      having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Tuolumne County, California, USA

      Watch the Full Movie

      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: (New Review) Civil War Movies- Drums in the Deep South (1951)

      Drums in the Deep South is an American Civil War war film
      designed and directed by William Cameron
      Menzies, produced by independent company King Brothers Productions,
      filmed in SuperCineColor and released by RKO Pictures in September 1951.

      User Review
      Interesting Menzies visual reading of script.
      16 September 2002 | by rsoonsa (Mountain Mesa, California)

      William Cameron Menzies is perhaps the best production designer in American motion picture history (Gone With the Wind, et alia) and his work as director applies the design principles which he espoused, such as with this film, including a prime emphasis upon cinema as a graphic art, a visual rather than literal interpretation of a script, filling that metaphysical space between scenario and direction with an artist's point of view, while avoiding a potentially incorrect objective sensibility. The narrative tells of a pair of best friends and West Point classmates, Georgian Clay Clayburn (James Craig) and Yankee Will Denning (Guy Madison) who are wearing officers' coats of opposing artillery units during the War Between The States, and of the inevitable military engagement between them, featuring a most dramatic segment involving the difficult placement of Confederate cannons atop a mountain overlooking Union rail supply lines, shot with Menzies' intriguing pictorial effects and unique camera angles. An independent King Brothers production under the aegis of RKO, DRUMS IN THE DEEP SOUTH is not replete with good performances, although Craig is solid as is his custom, while Barbara Payton, as Clayburn's lover, tries hard and is at the pinnacle of her short-lived beauty, with Dimitri Tiomkin's lush score properly evocative for this generally prescriptive film.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: (New Review) Civil War Movies- Drums in the Deep South (1951)

      arthurarnell wrote:


      I have never heard of this film it might be interesting to watch.



      It is. Its a story of a Yank Captain on the march and two Reb Artillery Crews who are bent on stopping them. Barton MacLane is the Confederate Artillery Sergeant and Guy Madison is the Yank Captain. This movie is released on DvD--but is a public domain movie--so sadly--it aint restored.
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..
    • Re: (New Review) Civil War Movies- Drums in the Deep South (1951)

      ringo kid wrote:

      iv'e seen this film about 10 years ago,not a great film but then again the picture was of poor quality,

      Fully agree-its not an epic great movie-but not bad. There are a few "recognizable faces" in it that keeps it from getting slow.

      I MIGHT still have a copy of it on VHS that I taped probably around 20 years ago--and it was from WTBS (forerunner of TCM--in a way) and it was probably the best copy you will ever find of it.
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..
    • Re: (New Review) Civil War Movies- Drums in the Deep South (1951)

      Forgot to mention--the DvD box shown in Keiths first post--is the DvD released by Alpha Video--that is the place to NEVER order from as their stuff is the worst on the market. I found another source sometime ago and will see if I can find it again? Their is also region 0--just like Alpha Video) but will be slightly better than Alphas release.
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..