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Drums (1938)

The Drum (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, War | 29 September 1938 (USA)
Set in the India of the British Raj. All the Indians are portrayed as untrustworthy, plotting to overthrow their British masters. The only 'loyal' Indian is Prince Azim who tries to warn ... See full summary »

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David Tree ...
Desmond Tester ...
Bill Holder
Francis L. Sullivan ...
Governor (as Francis L.Sullivan)
Archibald Batty ...
Major Bond
Frederick Culley ...
Dr.Murphy
Amid Taftazani ...
Mohammed Khan
Laurence Baskcomb ...
Zarullah
Roy Emerton ...
Wafadar
Michael Martin Harvey ...
Mullah
Martin Walker ...
Herrick
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Major Gregoff
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Set in the India of the British Raj. All the Indians are portrayed as untrustworthy, plotting to overthrow their British masters. The only 'loyal' Indian is Prince Azim who tries to warn the British of the impending revolt by tapping out messages on the Drum of the title. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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revolt | prince | message | india | drums | See All (14) »

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Flaming Frontier! Savage Hordes! See more »

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Adventure | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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29 September 1938 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the time of its 1948 USA re-release, this film was most often shown on the top half of a double bill, along with the USA re-release of The Four Feathers (1939) on the lower half of the program. See more »

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Referenced in Round the Film Studios: No. 2 Denham Part 4 (1937) See more »

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Penny For Your Thoughts
(uncredited)
Written by Lee Sims
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The last days of the Raj and a lot of fun
31 October 1998 | by (Bernardsville, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

Unabashedly pro-Raj, the story of a young Indian Prince and his friendship with some British army types. The release of this film was reported to have sparked anti-British riots in India. Sabu outdoes himself as the spunky and, ultimately, obsequious Prince who lines up with his friend/occupiers to battle the deliciously evil Raymond Massey. Very politically incorrect by today's standards the film is a good adventure yarn as well as a Korda tribute to the the rapidly vanishing British Empire. The plot borrows elements from the real life killing of Sir Louis Cavagnari and his party years earlier in Afghanistan. In reality British and colonial forces were actively engaged in military operations in Waziristan at the time of the making of the film.


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