MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 6,582 this week

Drums (1938)
"The Drum" (original title)

6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 495 users  
Reviews: 18 user | 8 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(by), (adaptation), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 7634 titles
created 13 Aug 2011
 
a list of 10000 titles
created 19 Apr 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 04 Mar 2013
 
a list of 8494 titles
created 25 Mar 2013
 
a list of 60 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Drums" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Drums (1938)

Drums (1938) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Drums.
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An ordinary man suddenly finds that anything he says comes true. Or at least, almost anything!

Directors: Lothar Mendes, Alexander Korda
Stars: Roland Young, Ralph Richardson, Edward Chapman
Cobra Woman (1944)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Upon discovering his fiancée Tollea has been kidnaped, Ramu and his friend Kado set out for a Pacific isle where all strangers are to be killed on arrival and the inhabitants, who are ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu
Drum (1976)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A mid-19th century mulatto slave is torn between his success as a pit-fighter and the injustices of white society. In HD.

Directors: Steve Carver, Burt Kennedy
Stars: Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Ken Norton
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

British District Officer in Nigeria in the 1930's rules his area strictly but justly, and struggles with gun-runners and slavers with the aid of a loyal native chief.

Director: Zoltan Korda
Stars: Paul Robeson, Leslie Banks, Nina Mae McKinney
Rembrandt (1936)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This character study joins the painter at the height of his fame in 1642, when his adored wife suddenly dies and his work takes a dark, sardonic turn that offends his patrons. By 1656, he ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Korda
Stars: Charles Laughton, Gertrude Lawrence, Elsa Lanchester
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Lighthearted romp of a pre-war spy story: quirky British secret service man finds out who's using a secret weapon to steal experimental planes.

Directors: Tim Whelan, Arthur B. Woods
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Valerie Hobson
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Divorce lawyer Everard Logan thinks the woman who spent the night in his hotel room is the erring wife of his new client.

Director: Tim Whelan
Stars: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, Binnie Barnes
War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Zoltan Korda
Stars: Paul Muni, Marguerite Chapman, Larry Parks
Tangier (1946)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: George Waggner
Stars: Maria Montez, Robert Paige, Sabu
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Directors: Zoltan Korda, Terence Young
Stars: Anthony Steel, Laurence Harvey, James Robertson Justice
Song of India (1949)
Adventure | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Albert S. Rogell
Stars: Sabu, Gail Russell, Turhan Bey
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the back country of South Africa, black minister Stephen Kumalo (Canada Lee) journeys to the city to search for his missing son, only to find his people living in squalor and his son a ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltan Korda
Stars: Canada Lee, Sidney Poitier, Charles Carson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
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
Ronald Adam ...
Major Gregoff
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

revolt | prince | message | india | drums | See more »

Taglines:

A CAST OF 3000

Genres:

Adventure | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 September 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Drums  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Boxcar Bertha (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Penny For Your Thoughts
(uncredited)
Written by Lee Sims
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Rousing Adventure From Another Era
17 June 2005 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A wicked Khan plans to use THE DRUM perched high up in his palace walls to signal the massacre of British soldiers invited to a banquet.

Sir Alexander Korda's London Films was responsible for this lively Technicolor action film which boasted outdoor scenes shot near the North-West Frontier with the assistance of the Mehtar of Chitral. It blends excitement, humor & history - definitely from a British viewpoint - into an attractive package sure to entertain the viewer lucky enough to find it.

Indian actor Sabu stars as the young Prince of Tokot who finds his life suddenly become very dangerous when he's forced to flee his usurping uncle and accept protection from the British Raj. Plummy-voiced Roger Livesey plays the Raj's stalwart envoy to Tokot who must find a way to stop the import of weapons to the evil new Khan, Raymond Massey, who is fomenting a rebellion. All three actors play their parts very well, with Massey especially attacking his villainous role with gusto.

Also in the cast are Valerie Hobson as Livesey's courageous wife; David Tree as a junior officer; and corpulent Francis L. Sullivan as the local Governor in Peshawar. Alfred Goddard appears unbilled as the hapless private Kelly.

*************************

Born Sabu Dastagir in 1924, Sabu was employed in the Maharaja of Mysore's stables when he was discovered by Korda's company and set before the cameras. His first four films (ELEPHANT BOY-1937, THE DRUM-1938, THE THIEF OF BAGDAD-1940, JUNGLE BOOK-1942) were his best and he found himself working out of Hollywood when they were completed. After distinguished military service in World War II he resumed his film career, but he became endlessly confined for years playing ethnic roles in undistinguished minor films, BLACK NARCISSUS (1947) being the one great exception. His final movie, Walt Disney's A TIGER WALKS (1964) was an improvement, but it was too late. Sabu had died of a heart attack in late 1963, only 39 years of age.


21 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Drums (1938) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?