Distant Drums (1951)

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    • Distant Drums (1951)




      Plot Summary
      Navy Lieutenant Tufts accompanies scout Quincy Wyatt into the Everglades
      to rout the Seminole Indians who are threatening the early settlers in Florida.
      When the command is forced to run, Wyatt and Seminole Chief Oscala square off in an exciting climax.
      Written by Buxx Banner

      Gary Cooper ... Capt. Quincy Wyatt
      Mari Aldon ... Judy Beckett
      Richard Webb ... Lt. Richard Tufts
      Ray Teal ... Pvt. Mohair
      Arthur Hunnicutt ... Monk
      Robert Barrat ... Gen. Zachary Taylor
      and many more...
      Sheb Wooley ... Pvt. Jessup (uncredited)

      Raoul Walsh

      Writing Credits
      Niven Busch ... (screenplay) (story)
      Martin Rackin ... (screenplay)

      Milton Sperling ... producer

      Max Steiner

      Sidney Hickox ... director of photography (as Sid Hickox)

      WILHELM SCREAM: This film contains the first known instance of "The Wilhelm Scream"
      (a sound effect of a man screaming, since used in over 149 other movies).
      During a scene in which the soldiers are wading through a swamp in the everglades,
      one of them is bitten and dragged underwater by an alligator.
      The scream for that character was recorded later.
      Six short pained screams were recorded in a single take,
      which was slated "man getting bit by an alligator, and he screams.
      " The fifth scream was used for the soldier - but the 4th, 5th, and 6th screams recorded
      in the session were also used earlier in the film when three Indians are shot,
      one after another, during a raid on a fort.
      Although the "signature" or "classic" screams, takes 4 through 6 on the original recording,
      are the most recognizable, all of the screams are referred to as "Wilhelm"
      by those in the sound community.
      Ben Burtt, sound effects designer on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977),
      named it "Wilhelm" after the character that let out the scream
      in The Charge at Feather River (1953). He discovered a file at Warner Bros. for this movie,
      which contained paperwork that was left over from the picture editor
      when the film was completed. One of the papers was a short list of names of actors
      who were scheduled to come in to perform various lines of dialogue
      for miscellaneous roles in the movie.
      After reviewing the names and even listening to their voices,
      one person seemed to be the most likely suspect:
      Sheb Wooley. Sheb played the uncredited role of Private Jessup in "Distant Drums",
      and was one of the few actors assembled for the recording of additional vocal elements for the film.
      It is very likely he was asked on the spot to perform other things for the film,
      including the screams for a man being bitten by an alligator.
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      Audio/visual unsynchronised
      When the famous "Wilhelm scream" is used for the part that a man is attacked by an alligator
      and drawn under water the scream can still be heard while already being under water.

      The uniforms, besides being anachronistic, don't stay the same throughout the movie.
      At the beginning, Captain Wyatt wears trousers with Infantry white stripes
      on them. The "sergeant" (actually Sergeant Major chevrons)
      and corporal's chevrons are Cavalry yellow.
      The Captain appears wearing trousers with Cavalry yellow stripes and,
      shortly afterwards, Artillery red ones.
      The sergeant and the corporal also appear briefly wearing Artillery red chevrons.

      Crew or equipment visible
      Before the soldier shouts the Wilhelm scream the line towing the alligator
      underwater can be seen clearly.

      In the scene when the soldier shouts the Wilhelm scream a decking
      at the entrance to and under the water can be seen.

      Errors in geography
      The historic Castillo de San Marcos is located in the east coast of Florida,
      not the west coast as shown in the movie.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Castillo de San Marcos National Monument - One S. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, Florida, USA
      St. Augustine, Florida, USA
      Everglades National Park, Florida, USA
      Moffett Cemetery - Moffett Cemetery Road, Milton, Kentucky, USA
      Naples, Florida, USA
      Silver Springs - 5656 E. Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala, Florida, USA

      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • Distant Drums is a 1951 "Florida Western" film directed by
      Raoul Walsh and starring Gary Cooper.

      It is set during the Second Seminole War in the 1840s,
      with Cooper playing an Army captain who destroys a fort
      held by the Spanish gunrunners then retreats into the Everglades while under chase.

      The actual location of the fort in the film was the historic
      Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida, where most of the filming took place.

      The enduring legacy of this movie is the earliest known use of the Wilhelm scream sound effect,
      originally used to vocalize a character being torn to pieces by an alligator

      User Review

      Indian fighting in Florida with a handsome Gary Cooper
      12 June 2016 | by nancyyvonne (Manhattan Beach, Ca)

      nancy wrote:

      I love Gary Cooper, especially during the 1950's. He actually aged better and better. This western is somewhat different than what he usually chose to play. He is a distinct personality that his men and others under his care recognize as "leader". I bought it totally. He is distant, sexy and loving to a small son. He is brave and a heroic personality. Just the kind of movie I love with Gary Cooper. The Florida vistas are wild and beautiful. The whole thing just entertained me and I came back for more. I don't remember this one from T.V. reruns so it was brand new to me.

      I highly recommend to people who love westerns (especially with Gary Cooper).
      Best Wishes
      London- England