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Drums in the Deep South (1951)

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Two old friends find themselves on opposite sides during the Civil War in a desperate battle atop an impregnable mountain.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Craig ...
Maj. Clay Clayburn
Barbara Payton ...
Kathy Summers
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Maj. Will Denning
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Sgt. Mac McCardle
Robert Osterloh ...
Sgt. Harper
Tom Fadden ...
Purdy
...
Jerry
Louis Jean Heydt ...
Col. House
Craig Stevens ...
Col. Braxton Summers
Taylor Holmes ...
Albert Monroe
Lewis Martin ...
Gen. Johnston
Peter Brocco ...
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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Release Date:

September 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Trommeln im tiefen Süden  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(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 »

Goofs

When the Union artillery begins firing on the mountain the officer orders the guns double shotted to increase the range. Double shotting (putting in two cannonballs) would notably decrease the range. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Johnston: A good soldier dies only once, and death is someone he knows.
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Soundtracks

"John Brown's Body' (uncredited)
Traditional American melody
Lyrics by 'Thomas Brigham Bishop' (QV)
Integrated into score as theme for union troops
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good job of William Cameron Menzies.
23 May 2008 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Many films which show battles tend not to be very specific about it and what we end up seeing are the highlights while the rest is told by the actors or narrated. What is remarkable about this film is that it shows us in detail how some southern soldiers climb trough an inside cavern a gigantic rock taking some cannons and from there manage to hit the northern trains and everything that happens in the ensuing battle. No director could have done a better job than Cameron Menzies, who was a great art director and production designer. He also directed uncredited, significant parts of Duel in the Sun. Guy Madison was at the beginning of a successful career, he would star in "The Command" a few years later, which was a great box office hit. Unfortunately it would be the opposite for co star Barbara Payton. It is amazing that this is a forgotten film, barely mentioned in books.


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