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Drums in the Deep South (1951)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | September 1951 (USA)
Two old friends find themselves on opposite sides during the Civil War in a desperate battle atop an impregnable mountain.

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Maj. Clay Clayburn
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Kathy Summers
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Maj. Will Denning
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Sgt. Mac McCardle
Robert Osterloh ...
Sgt. Harper
Tom Fadden ...
Purdy
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Jerry
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Col. House
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Col. Braxton Summers
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Albert Monroe
Lewis Martin ...
Gen. Johnston
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Union Corporal
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Corp. Jennings
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Storyline

Best friends Clay Clayburn and Will Denning graduate from West Point only to soon find themselves fighting on opposite sides of the Civil War. When the two men meet each other in combat, neither knows it as each is in an artillery position hundreds of yards from the other. However, the love of Clay's life, Kathy Summers, does know and tries desperately to save her two good friends from killing each other. Written by Alfred Jingle

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A handful of heroes on a powder-keg mountain !


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The Confederate Story  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Supercinecolor)

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1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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There was no such thing as a "12 pound Brooke gun". Brooke guns were produced for use by the Confederate Navy and in some forts. They were never used as field guns by the Confederate field forces. Brooke rifles came in 6.4", 7", and 8". Brooke smoothbores came in 8", 10", and 11". None of these fired a round as small as 12 pounds. The guns shown appear to be 12-pound Napoleons. See more »

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Gen. Johnston: A good soldier dies only once, and death is someone he knows.
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Music by Daniel Decatur Emmett
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Accuracy in some things!
10 December 2004 | by (Calgary AB Canada) – See all my reviews

Was Menzies making "Gone With the Wind" light? Or the tragic counterpoint thereto? "Drums" is a surprise: nary an anachronistic weapon to be seen. I am so accustomed to seeing 1873 revolvers in movies about the War Between the States that this came as a shock. To see uniforms of some exactitude, especially for the artillery of all things, was refreshing indeed. I was also surprised by a very non-1950s ending. Really a far better "Civil War" motion picture than I had expected although I must say I found both the Confederate major and his lost love a bit cardboard. Madison chewed the scenery a trifle to make up for it. There were indeed plot twists and character touches although I missed any resolution for the Confederate colonel. Not at all a bad way to spend a couple of hours.


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