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Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 10 November 1939 (USA)
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Newlyweds Gil and Lana Martin try to establish a farm in the Mohawk Valley but are menaced by Indians and Tories as the Revolutinary War begins.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lana (Magdelana)
Gilbert Martin
Eddie Collins ...
Christian Reall
Mary Reall
Mrs. Weaver
Reverend Rosenkrantz
John Weaver
Roger Imhof ...
Gen. Nicholas Herkimer
Joe Boleo
Mrs. Demooth
Dr. Petry
Spencer Charters ...


In Revolutionary America, Gil Martin takes his new wife Lana back to his farm in upstate New York. The area is remote and a distance from the fort but they are happy living in their one room cabin. With the declaration independence, the settlers soon find themselves at war with the British and their Indian allies. Their farm is burned out and the Martins take work with Sarah McKlennar. The war continues however as the Martins try to make a new life. Written by garykmcd

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Red-Blooded DRAMA !


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Release Date:

10 November 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Darryl F. Zanuck's Production of Drums Along the Mohawk  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Linda Darnell was initially set to co-star. See more »


When Gil is running to the next fort for help he crosses a stream with the 3 Indians in hot pursuit. The next scene shows him running into the woods and his pant legs are completely dry. See more »


Reverend Rosenkrantz: O Almighty God, hear us, we beseech Thee, and bring succor and guidance to those we are about to bring to Your divine notice. First we are thinking of Mary Walaber. She is only 16 years old, but she is keeping company with a soldier from Fort Dayton. He's a Massachusetts man, and Thou knowest no good can come of that.
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Opening credits prologue: 1776 AT THE BORST HOME IN ALBANY, NEW YORK See more »


Featured in America at the Movies (1976) See more »


Washington's March No.1
Music by William Billings
Arranged by Edward B. Powell
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Romance in Times of the American War of Independence
1 March 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1776, the apolitical farmer Gilbert 'Gil' Martin (Henry Fonda) gets married to Magdelana "Lana" Borst (Claudette Colbert) at the Borst Home in Albany, New York. They travel to his lands in the Mohawk Valley, Deerfield, where they work hard to improve their lives, but their house and crop are burned out by Indians fomented by the British. The couple loses everything including their baby and they have to restart their lives working for the widow Mrs. McKlennar (Edna May Oliver). But it is times of the American War of Independence, and the settlers have to fight against the Indians and the British soldiers to survive.

"Drums along the Mohawk" is a romance in times of the American War of Independence. John Ford uses the historic moment as background of the tough life of the American colonists in the Mohawk Valley, through the dramatic lives of Gil and Lana. This is not my favorite film of John Ford, but the story is engaging and it is a good movie. The thirty-six year old Claudette Colbert is miscast and too old for the role of Lana. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Ao Rufar dos Tambores" ("At the Drum Roll")

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