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Drums Along the Mohawk -- Classic account of a revolutionary war-Era farmer's attempts to build a life for himself and his family in the mohawk valley.
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Release Date:
10 November 1939 (USA) See more »
Red-Blooded DRAMA !
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
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Three-strip Technicolor in all its glory! See more (73 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Claudette Colbert ... Lana (Magdelana)

Henry Fonda ... Gilbert Martin

Edna May Oliver ... Mrs. Mc Klennar
Eddie Collins ... Christian Reall

John Carradine ... 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

Ward Bond ... Adam Hartman
Kay Linaker ... Mrs. Demooth
Russell Simpson ... Dr. Petry
Spencer Charters ... Innkeeper
Si Jenks ... Jacob Small
Jack Pennick ... Amos Hartman (as J. Ronald Pennick)
Arthur Aylesworth ... George Weaver

Chief John Big Tree ... Blue Back (as Chief Big Tree)
Charles Tannen ... Dr. Robert Johnson
Paul McVey ... Capt. Mark Demooth
Tiny Jones ... Mrs. Reall (as Elizabeth Jones)
Beulah Hall Jones ... Daisy

Edwin Maxwell ... Rev. Daniel Gros
Robert Greig ... Mr. Borst
Clara Blandick ... Mrs. Borst
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Baker ... Commander of Colonial Troops (uncredited)

William Hoehne Jr. ... Boy in Fort (uncredited)
Noble Johnson ... Native American (uncredited)
Payne B. Johnson ... Boy in Wedding (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Lionel Pape ... General (uncredited)

Tom Tyler ... Capt. Morgan (uncredited)
Clarence Wilson ... Paymaster (uncredited)

Directed by
John Ford 
Writing credits
Lamar Trotti (screen play) and
Sonya Levien (screen play)

Walter D. Edmonds (based on the novel by)

William Faulkner  contributor to treatment (uncredited)
Bess Meredyth  contributor to treatment (uncredited)

Produced by
Raymond Griffith .... associate producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon (director of photography)
Ray Rennahan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert L. Simpson  (as Robert Simpson)
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Mark-Lee Kirk 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling (costumes)
Makeup Department
Ann Barr .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Irene Beshon .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Marie Brasselle .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Robert Cowan .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Steve Drumm .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Myrtle Ford .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Newton House .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Norbert A. Myles .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Ralph Dietrich .... production manager (uncredited)
W.F. Fitzgerald .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Robert E. Goux .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Bernard McEveety .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
F.E. Johnson .... assistant director (uncredited)
Edward O'Fearna .... assistant director (uncredited)
Wingate Smith .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Joe Behm .... props (uncredited)
Stanley Detlie .... assistant propman (uncredited)
Fred J. Rode .... set dresser (uncredited)
Tom Shaw .... assistant propman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
E. Clayton Ward .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... cable person (uncredited)
Robert Parrish .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Harry Roberts .... boom operator (uncredited)
Harold A. Root .... assistant sound (uncredited)
Mert Strong .... cable person (uncredited)
Jackie Hamblin .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alfred Baalas .... film loader: Technicolor (uncredited)
Charles Bohny .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Fritz Borsch .... camera maintenance: Technicolor (uncredited)
Nelson Cordes .... camera technician: Technicolor (uncredited)
John Grady .... best boy (uncredited)
John Gustafson .... camera technician: Technicolor (uncredited)
Fred Hall .... gaffer (uncredited)
John Lees .... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
Phil Mandella .... grip (uncredited)
Frank Powolny .... still photographer (uncredited)
Irving Rosenberg .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ollie Hughes .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joe Kane .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Harry Kernell .... wardrobe (uncredited)
George Koich .... tailor (uncredited)
Norman Martien .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Josephine Perrin .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Robert Varnado .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Grace Wilson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Mary Crumley .... assistant cutter: Technicolor (uncredited)
Jack Wells .... assistant cutter: Technicolor (uncredited)
Music Department
David Buttolph .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Louis Silvers .... musical director (uncredited)
Frank Tresselt .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Henri Jaffa .... associate technicolor director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor director
Thornton Edwards .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Harold Lloyd Morris .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Henry J. Staudigl .... continuity: Technicolor (uncredited)
Meta Stern .... script clerk (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Darryl F. Zanuck's Production of Drums Along the Mohawk" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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104 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2004) | USA:Approved (Certificate #5530) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

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 this film, he survived to fight on the British side in the War of 1812.See more »
Anachronisms: When Mrs. McKlennar is dying, she tells Lana not to "tune out on me." In revolutionary America, what is there to tune out?See more »
Reverend Rosenkrantz:Any man failing to report to duty will be promptly hanged. Amen.See more »
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Yankee DoodleSee more »


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22 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Three-strip Technicolor in all its glory!, 26 June 2003
Author: Greg Couture from Portland, Oregon

Other comments on this film quite well echo my sentiments: John Ford once again exhibits his mastery of the medium, with a minimum of the sentimentality to which he sometimes succumbed; a very young and handsome Henry Fonda wonderfully embodies an ordinary man virtually forced to perform feats of extraordinary heroism; Claudette Colbert, although she seems out of her usually sophisticated element, really cannot be faulted, especially when one considers the Hollywoodized glamor of her makeup and costuming; and Edna May Oliver, heading Ford's customarily astutely chosen supporting cast, almost steals the picture.

But, to my eyes, it is the unusually beautiful Technicolor cinematography by Bert Glennon and Ray Rennahan (the latter being the credited cinematographer on the first feature-length film in three-strip Technicolor, 1935's "Becky Sharp") who deserve the most accolades. Their work simply glows and has that special crispness characteristic of certain early Technicolor films (many of which bore the Twentieth Century Fox label, as it happens.) No doubt, working on outdoor locations with the cumbersome equipment and lighting requirements involved in the use of the Technicolor process at that time, not to mention the lengendarily dictatorial control of the Technicolor Corporation's czarina, Madame (Natalie) Kalmus, and her frequent associate, Henri Jaffa, Messrs. Glennon and Rennahan managed to accomplish one of 1939's finest achievements in color cinematography. With Alfred Newman's fine musical score and all of the other first-class production values lavished on this stirring tale, "Drums Along the Mohawk" deserves a place among the best recreations of those remarkable personal stories that were part of this newly emerging nation.

I am not aware if the available VHS tape transfer does justice to the prints struck from the original negative, but American Movie Classics occasionally shows this title (mercilessly chopped up with endless commercials, etc., as is now their wont) in a version that makes one realize why the invention of color television broadcasting just had to happen!

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