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Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

 -  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:
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Lana (Magdelana)
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Gilbert Martin
Edna May Oliver ...
Eddie Collins ...
Christian Reall
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Caldwell
Dorris Bowdon ...
Mary Reall
Jessie Ralph ...
Mrs. Weaver
Arthur Shields ...
Reverend Rosenkrantz
Robert Lowery ...
John Weaver
Roger Imhof ...
Gen. Nicholas Herkimer
Francis Ford ...
Joe Boleo
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Kay Linaker ...
Mrs. Demooth
Russell Simpson ...
Dr. Petry
Spencer Charters ...
Innkeeper
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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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new york | farm | fort | tory | farmer | See more »

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Red-Blooded DRAMA !

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Drama | Romance | War | Western

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Release Date:

10 November 1939 (USA)  »

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

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Lana: Do you like me as much as your old farm?
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America, My Country Tis of Thee
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Music by Henry Carey from "God Save the King" (1744)
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Excellent depiction of life during colonial times in New England.
27 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've used this movie in many history classes. It illustrates life during these turbulent times when people were moving to the frontier and just trying to live their lives in peace. However, other people had lived on those lands and now wanted it back and war erupted. The American Revolution is vastly different for people on the frontier. There was no help -they had to rely on each other to protect their farms, their families and livestock. It was a hard life but they managed to find humor and enjoyment even during the hardest of times. This movies illustrates the new culture that had to evolve in order to survive. Fighting Indians, British and French became a way of life during this period. These people developed a strong bond of friendship and family. They helped one another in many ways. The only way to get communication from Albany was at church on Sunday when the Reverend would give everyone the latest news about the war as well as cloth that had arrived at the general store in Dayton. It's a good story and one that will remain a favorite.


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