Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  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
Jessie Ralph ...
Mrs. Weaver
Arthur Shields ...
Reverend Rosenkrantz
John Weaver
Roger Imhof ...
Gen. Nicholas Herkimer
Francis Ford ...
Joe Boleo
Kay Linaker ...
Mrs. Demooth
Russell Simpson ...
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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Clarence Wilson in the role as "Paymaster" and Lionel Pape in the role of "General" are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. 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 »


Innkeeper: [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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1776 AT THE BORST HOME IN ALBANY, NEW YORK See more »


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Yankee Doodle
(ca. 1755) (uncredited)
Traditional music of English origin
Played on fife and drum by marching soldiers and morphed into an orchestral score
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This is one of my favorite films.
24 February 2004 | by (Wading River, New York) – See all my reviews

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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