Aboard the freighter Glencairn, the lives of the crew are lived out in fear, loneliness, suspicion and cameraderie. The men smuggle drink and women aboard, fight with each other, spy on ... See full summary »
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 of 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
When the Indians first attack the settlers during the land clearing, the first Indian to shoot at the fleeing settlers fires a musket shot and then falls down as though shot before anyone returns fire. See more »
[Humorously to Gil and Lana about Caldwell]
... and that patch over his eye - I bet he lost it trying to see something that was none of his business.
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Opening credits prologue: 1776 AT THE BORST HOME IN ALBANY, NEW YORK See more »
(ca. 1755) (uncredited)
Traditional music of English origin
Arranged by Edward B. Powell and David Buttolph
Played on fife and drum by marching soldiers and morphed into an orchestral score See more »
The pioneers, rebuilding their houses and their lives.
When self help books are selling so well, there are some films which have the same effect. As "It's a Wonderful Life" is ideal for someone who is depressed, "Drums Along the Mohawk" should be seen by newlyweds, specially when they are going through hard times. The great heroes here are specially the women, having the gumption to start all over again, when everything is destroyed by the Mohawks, oriented by the British. At the beginning, before the first attack, they are talking about material objects like Wedgewood pottery, but it all changes, themselves included. Edna May Oliver gives an impressive performance, she flirts with a much younger Ward Bond and she even scares the Mohawks. Claudette Colbert is better than in any other film I have seen her, and Henry Fonda good as always.
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