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Apache Drums (1951)

 -  Western  -  April 1951 (USA)
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A gambler is thrown out of a western town, but returns when the town is suddenly threatened by a band of marauding Apaches.

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Complete credited cast:
Stephen McNally ...
Sam Leeds
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Sally
Willard Parker ...
Mayor Joe Madden
Arthur Shields ...
Rev. Griffin
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Lt. Glidden
Armando Silvestre ...
Pedro-Peter
Georgia Backus ...
Mrs. Keon
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Jehu
Ruthelma Stevens ...
Betty Careless
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Bert Keon
Chinto Guzman ...
Chacho
Ray Bennett ...
Mr. Keon
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Storyline

A gambler is thrown out of a western town, but returns when the town is suddenly threatened by a band of marauding Apaches.

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April 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Trommeln des Todes  »

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Trivia

The "Apache" Indians are actually lifeguards from the beach at Santa Monica, California, painted with full body paint and made up to look like Apaches. Director Hugo Fregonese and producer Val Lewton wanted the Apaches to do a lot of leaping from high windows, off of roofs, etc., and the film's budget precluded hiring stuntmen to play the Apaches. They decided to hire the lifeguards because of their athleticism and, more importantly, the fact that they didn't have to get stuntmen's pay. See more »

Goofs

The Apache are shown beating the drums with their hands, whereas they and all Native Americans used sticks or drum beaters. See more »

Quotes

[Describing why it's a crime to giving whiskey to Indians]
Lt. Glidden: You see they don't drink to get drunk. Their drinking is like praying. And then they kill.
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an aging classic
16 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While not one of the greatest westerns to ever be brought to the screen, this movie does bring something else that others seemed to fail at, and that is actual human feelings and and what they went through in times of turmoil such as this film suggests. The townsfolk have to hold up in a church while outside they are attacked by Indians. In the movie it shows how the people would have and must have felt. The ending also leaves the viewer feeling pretty good. For not a very popular movie as say a John Wayne movie, this movie is actually quite good. It has yet to be released on DVD or VHS and i seriously doubt that it even has a chance yet if it was i strongly suggest western fans to grab a copy of it and see what I'm really talking about. As for those who want to see it now, your best bet is probably to try to catch it on the Western Channel although i have bee watching the channel for a few years and have yet to see it on there. The only time i ever saw it on television was on AMC, back when they had no commercials and actually played what the channel suggested, Classics.


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