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Distant Drums (1951)

Approved  |   |  Action, Western  |  29 December 1951 (USA)
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After destroying a Seminole fort, American soldiers and their rescued companions must face the dangerous Everglades and hostile Indians in order to reach safety.



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Complete credited cast:
Mari Aldon ...
Richard Webb ...
Lt. Richard Tufts
Pvt. Mohair
Arthur Hunnicutt ...
Robert Barrat ...


Navy Lieutenant Tufts accompanies scout Quincy Wyatt into the Everglades to rout the Seminole Indians who are threatening the early settlers in Florida. When the command is forced to run, Wyatt and Seminole Chief Oscala square off in an exciting climax. Written by Buxx Banner <>

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Release Date:

29 December 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Teufelsbrigade  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Except for Larry Chance, the actors "playing" Seminole Indian warriors were in fact actual Seminoles. See more »


The uniforms, besides being anachronistic, don't stay the same throughout the movie. At the beginning, Captain Wyatt wears trousers with Infantry white stripes on them. The "sergeant" (actually Sergeant Major chevrons) and corporal's chevrons are Cavalry yellow. The Captain appears wearing trousers with Cavalry yellow stripes and, shortly afterwards, Artillery red ones. The sergeant and the corporal also appear briefly wearing Artillery red chevrons. See more »


Capt. Quincy Wyatt: You just didn't didn't come over here to pass the time of day. W-what's troublin' your mind?
Judy Beckett: Well, since you ask, I'm a little curious to know if I'm gonna get out of here alive.
Capt. Quincy Wyatt: Why should you know more than anyone else?
Judy Beckett: Because I've got a lot to do. I've made too many plans for too long a time to have them all end up in a swamp.
Capt. Quincy Wyatt: Well, all I can tell you to ease your mind is that I don't intend to commit suicide.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are followed immediately by Lt. Richard Tufts (Richard Webb) writing in his LOG "I, Lieutenant Richard Tufts, United States Navy, do make this account of my perilous journey in the Territory of Florida in the year 1840." See more »


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Mighty adventure booms
2 May 2007 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Great looking locations and color photography with daredevil action reigns over this boy's own adventure, the style Warner Brothers has always been very good at. The characters are mostly left undeveloped, except Cooper's group leader Zachary. His past is well documented by his friend, played by Arthur Hunnicut in his usual relaxed manner, and it's mostly his destiny we are to care about. It's notable how larger than life Cooper appears to be even on television screen. His characterization, which is a combination of a western hero and Tarzan, doesn't offer very much range in acting but makes it interesting enough for this kind of adventure flick. Mari Aldon gets dragged through all the dangerous and beautiful scenery without having her make-up smeared and sometimes completely steals my attention from what is going on around her. Her role doesn't have much else to offer either. But I guess, by what I just said, her role work serves its purpose the way it was intended.

Almost everything you expect from a jungle adventure set in Florida is here including alligators, snakes and wild cardboard Indians. A great plus are the beautifully shot underwater scenes, short but crystal clear, crowned by a final duel under surface. This isn't one of the best movies from the director Raoul Walsh, but as a classic adventure and action for a more empty-headed moment it works truly well.

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