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 »
Shiftless Jeeter Lester and his family of hillbilly stereotypes live in a rural backwater where their ancestors were once wealthy planters. Their slapstick existence is threatened by a ... 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 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
The real William Caldwell (c. 1750-1822), who is played in the film by John Carradine, is based on a Scots-Irish immigrant who settled initially in Pennsylvania and fought in several wars on the British Indian side. He is noted as having fought in the Battle of German Flats in the Mohawk Valley as part of the Loyalist Butler's Rangers although nothing is known about his participation, if any, in the Battle of Oriskany. During the Revolutionary War, he also fought in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Although it is suggested that Blueback killed him in "Drums Along the Mohawk," he survived to fight on the British side in the War of 1812. See more »
At the end of the movie, the characters are shown seeing the stars and stripes for the first time. In fact, the national flag was adopted in June 1777 and Cornwallis' surrender at Yorktown was in October 1781, at which point, American forces had been using the flag for more than 4 years. See more »
This film has everything, drama, humor, and action. My favorite character is Mrs. McKlennar, played by the great Dame Edna May Oliver (also see her in A Tale of Two Cities). She's got the right combination of real independence, sauciness, and feeling. Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert are also fine as Gil and Lana. The usual John Ford stock company (Ward Bond, Arthur Shields, etc.) are in evidence in the well cast supporting roles. I'm kind of surprised that no one has targeted this story for a remake, though it might be a case of watching out what you wish for - it could be ruined by political correctness. Anyway, sit back and enjoy.
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