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Lamar Trotti (screen play) and
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Release Date:
10 November 1939 (USA) See more »
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Red-Blooded DRAMA !
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
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An engrossing Revolutionary War story from John Ford, with many of his strengths and some of his weaknesses See more (71 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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)
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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)
 
Stunts
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)
 
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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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Runtime:
104 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
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)

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Trivia:
Linda Darnell was initially set to co-star.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
Mrs. McKlennar:Your thoughts are your own property, Martin, but keep them to yourself.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Fonda on Fonda (1992) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Church PsalmSee more »

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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
An engrossing Revolutionary War story from John Ford, with many of his strengths and some of his weaknesses, 25 August 2006
Author: Terrell-4 from San Antonio, Texas

When Lana Martin (Claudette Colbert) arrives by wagon with her new husband, Gil (Henry Fonda), to Mohawk Valley and his homestead, she isn't prepared for what she sees. The time is just before the Revolutionary War. The valley is beautiful and unspoiled, but the homestead is a one-room log cabin Gil has built, and the farm will need to be worked by the two of them. Lana has never seen an Indian, but in the course of the movie she's going to see a lot, and most won't be friendly.

Drums Along the Mohawk is John Ford's curious but effective look at one aspect of the Revolutionary War. The story isn't about George Washington or the great battles. It's the story of what happens in this one, isolated valley in upstate New York. While there are Indian attacks and we can see the results of a battle or two, the story really is about Lana Martin and how she changed. We watch her and Gil build their farm, and we see it burnt to the ground when war comes to the valley. From a young woman in a big, frilly dress facing a life she had never imagined, by the end of the movie Lana is wearing a soldier's coat and is prepared to shoot down an attacker, which she does with hardly a blink. She sees Gil return from his first battle almost shell-shocked. We see her and Gil having to become hired hands when their farm is destroyed. We see her suffer a miscarriage. At the start of the movie, Gil was an honest, hard-working young man, almost naive at times. Now he and Lana are watching the birth of their new nation. They've both become...capable. "Well," Gil says to her at the close, "I reckon we'd better be getting' back to work. There's going' to be a heap to do from now on." And we know he's talking about building a nation, not just a new farm.

The movie is effective despite John Ford's long-time propensity for ham-handed humor, sentimental myth building and his indulgence in stereotypical portrayals of Indians as either child-like objects of amusement or animal-like objects of fear. What saves this story, as it saved many of Ford's films, is his great talent for cinematic story-telling. As corn-ball as some of the scenes in this movie are -- the short, chubby drunk or Gil's amazement that his wife is giving birth or the wise but child-like behavior of the Christian Indian chief -- we still are caught up in Gil's and Lana's story. Although the movie is particularly a paean to the women who had to struggle on, sometimes fighting, sometimes waiting, Ford gives the film an unusual unwarlike tone. The widow Mrs. McKennar, who took Gil and Lana in when their farm was destroyed, looks at Gil marching off to his first battle and thinks about her husband. "Sometimes he'd wave. Ten to one he wasn't even seeing me. He was thinking about all those men, you see. All those men he went out to fight...to kill and be killed...blast his eyes, loving it." One powerful scene has Gil and the other men back from the battle. They won but it didn't go well. Gil has collapsed, and as Lana tends to him he barely notices her. He just stares into the distance while he tells what happened when they were ambushed. "I got down back of a log and aimed at a fellow. He leaped straight up in the air. Fell forward on his face. After that we just kept shooting as fast as we could load for I don't know how long. Adam Hartman came over beside me. His musket was broke. He had a spear. He kept grinning. I remember thinking, 'He's having a good time. He likes this.' Pretty soon he pointed off. I saw an Indian coming toward us, naked. I tried to load but it was too late. Adam stood up and braced his spear and the Indian came down. I never saw a fellow look so funny, so surprised. He just hung there, with his mouth open...lookin' at us, not sayin' a word. I had to shoot him, there wasn't anything else to do."

Ford pushes the buttons of duty, faith and patriotism. We've learned that war isn't the glorious struggle some make it out to be. Still, Ford shows us that fighting to protect our land, to protect our chance to build our farm and keep our children safe is proper. In 1939, that was a strong message. So was his theme of patriotism with which he closes the movie. At the fort in Mohawk Valley a company of regular soldiers arrives to tell the people that the war has been won, that Cornwallis has surrendered to Washington. They're carrying a flag. A churchman looks at it and says to the others, "So that's our new flag, the thing we've been fighting for. Thirteen stripes for the colonies and thirteen stars in a circle for the Union." And with that a couple of men take the flag and climb to the top of the church steeple, where they tie it down so that it waves in the wind. Ford knew how to punch home a point, alright.

Fonda and Colbert were both fine actors. Fonda, in particular, brings, as usual, a strong sense of decency to his role. While I think he and Colbert make a slightly improbable pair (Colbert in all her roles, for me, seems to have a sly worldliness that makes her so good at sophisticated comedy), they work well together. The movie is really war from a woman's point of view, and Colbert brings it off.

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