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Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: May 24, 2005

Running Time
1 hour, 43 minutes

Country USA

Studio 20th Century Fox

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Other Titles
• Drums Along the Mohawk
• Trommeln am Mohawk (1949)



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Genre: Adventure, War, Western, Period Piece, Suspense

Tagline: Red-Blooded DRAMA !

Plot: DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK is John Ford's first film in Technicolor (which recently perfected far richer shadings of color than had previously been possible), and the director uses it to stunning effect. The film stars Henry Fonda as Revolutionary War-era farmer Gilbert Martin, who, in 1776, has returned with his well-born wife, Lana (Claudette Colbert), to his rustic cabin in the increasingly dangerous Mohawk River valley. At first unaccustomed to the harsh physical challenges of frontier life, Lana adjusts to the work at hand and is soon able to help her husband in the fields. Shortly after they learn that the colonies are at war with the British, their farmhouse is attacked and burned to the ground by a party of Tory-led Indians. The feisty Widow McKlennar (Edna May Oliver) provides temporary shelter for the couple, but it's only a matter of time before the Indians launch a more brutal assault. Save for THE QUIET MAN, DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK contains the richest passages of pastoral imagery in Ford's entire canon, the visual beauty nearly upstaging the spectacular and terrifying Indian battles. The performances, particularly Oliver (who garnered an Oscar nomination) as the vinegary widow and the superbly stoic Fonda, enable Ford to again demonstrate the heroism and limitations of

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 Directed by
John Ford
The Searchers, The Grapes of Wrath, The Quiet Man
 Written by
Sonya Levien
Quo Vadis, Bhowani Junction, The Valley of Decision
 Cast
Claudette Colbert
It Happened One Night, The Palm Beach Story, Since You Went Away
Henry Fonda
12 Angry Men, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Longest Day
Edna May Oliver
Pride and Prejudice, Little Women, A Tale of Two Cities
Eddie Collins
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Young Mr. Lincoln, The Return of Frank James
John Carradine
The Ten Commandments, The Grapes of Wrath, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Dorris Bowdon
The Grapes of Wrath, Young Mr. Lincoln
Jessie Ralph
Captain Blood, After the Thin Man, The Bank Dick
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 Music By
Alfred Newman
All About Eve, The Seven Year Itch, Foreign Correspondent



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