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Director:
Writers:
A.E.W. Mason (by)
Lajos Biró (adaptation)
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Release Date:
29 September 1938 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A CAST OF 3000
Plot:
Set in the India of the British Raj. All the Indians are portrayed as untrustworthy, plotting to overthrow their British masters... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
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Cast

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Sabu ... Prince Azim

Raymond Massey ... Prince Ghul

Roger Livesey ... Capt. Carruthers

Valerie Hobson ... Mrs. Carruthers
David Tree ... Lieut. Escott
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
Charles Oliver ... Rajab
Julien Mitchell ... Sergeant (as Julian Mitchell)
Miriam Pieris ... Indian Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gerald Campion ... Soldier (uncredited)

Leo Genn ... Abdul Fakir (uncredited)
Alf Goddard ... Private Kelly (uncredited)
Edward Lexy ... Sgt. Major Kernel (uncredited)
Harry Meakin ... Warrant Officer (uncredited)
Graham Moffatt ... Drummer (uncredited)

Guy Rolfe ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ralph Truman ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Edward Underdown ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
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Directed by
Zoltan Korda 
 
Writing credits
A.E.W. Mason (by)

Lajos Biró (adaptation) (as Lajos Biro)

Arthur Wimperis (scenario) &
Patrick Kirwan (scenario) &
Hugh Gray (scenario)

Produced by
Alexander Korda .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
John Greenwood 
 
Cinematography by
Osmond Borradaile (photographed by) (Indian location scenes)
Georges Périnal (photographed by) (as Georges Perinal)
 
Film Editing by
Henry Cornelius 
 
Production Design by
Vincent Korda (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
René Hubert (uncredited)
 
Production Management
David B. Cunynghame .... production manager
 
Art Department
Vincent Korda .... settings designer: in colour
Ferdinand Bellan .... associate art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
A.W. Watkins .... sound director
 
Visual Effects by
W. Percy Day .... matte painter (uncredited)
Peter Ellenshaw .... assistant matte artist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Christopher Challis .... focus puller (uncredited)
Robert Krasker .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
William Hornbeck .... supervising editor
Maurice Harley .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
Miklós Rózsa .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Hector Campbell .... technical adviser (as Brigadier Hector Campbell C.B. D.S.O. M.V.O.)
Aldo Ermini .... photographic adviser: Technicolor
F.D. Henslowe .... technical adviser (as Lieut.Colonel F.D.Henslowe)
Natalie Kalmus .... Technicolor color director
 
Thanks
His Highness the Mehtar of Chitral .... London Film Productions wish to record their appreciation of the valuable assistance extended to them by, during the making of this picture
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Drum" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
104 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Wide Range Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1988) | USA:Approved (PCA #01655)

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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Rousing Adventure From Another Era, 17 June 2005
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

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.

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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.

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