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 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 battle so vividly described by Henry Fonda is the bloody Battle of Oriskany, which had one of the highest casualty rates of any battle in the war. It took place on August 6, 1777 and involved only North American troops: Tory, Patriot, and Indian, and was part what became the overall Battle of Saratoga as the Tory and Indian troops were commanded by a subordinate of General "Gentleman Johnny" Burgoyne. General Nicholas Herkimer, who was wounded in the battle, did not receive adequate medical attention. His leg became infected and he dies ten days later from blood loss after amputation on August 16. He was 49. Despite Gil's claim that the colonials gave them a "licking," the Tories and Indian's suffered only 150 casualties while the Patriots sustained 450. See more »
Sarah McKlennar is hit with an arrow high in the left breast. The arrow (or shaft) is pulled out. When we see her on her deathbed, she still seems to be wearing the same bodice, but the fabric is intact: there is no hole or bloodstain. See more »
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 »
Romance in Times of the American War of Independence
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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