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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
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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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September 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Trommeln im tiefen Süden  »

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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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The detail consists of 20 men. This is inadequate to man four artillery pieces. A minimum of 40 to 50 men would be required for that number of guns. 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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Really cool little movie!
21 May 2008 | by (the rock) – See all my reviews

I watched DRUMS OF THE DEEP SOUTH for two reasons: because it's directed by visual genius William Cameron Menzies and it stars Guy Williams. Well, I wasn't disappointed by it. Even though it started slowly and this is basically a B-movie, the film eventually overcame those weaknesses because it contains one of the coolest things I've seen in a movie in a long time: a battle, with cannons, in and on Devil's Tower! The bulk of the film is about this battle and I was giddy as a kid on Christmas' Eve. Visually, the whole battle is effen brilliant! The story's setting is not in Wyoming, where Devil's Tower is actually located, but in Georgia and, like your typical B-movie, the script is filled with easy coincidences. Many will object to these things but I didn't care because the battle sequence is already up there as one of my favorite cinematic moments ever. Besides, historical and geographical inaccuracies in movies such as THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY never prevented them from being regarded as great.

The score by Dimitri Tiomkin is excellent and provides the right amount of omph to the many battle or suspense scenes. Make no mistake about it, this is more of an action movie than a drama set in the South. The start of the movie is all drama and set-up but the last hour is all action and tension.

The actors are serviceable with Guy Williams being the stand-out. What a dashing actor. Unfortunately, his role is almost an afterthought. The story concentrates mainly on James Craig and Barbara Payton's love affair. The (spectacular) resolution of their love affair is surprisingly sad, and nearly elevates the movie from a standard B-movie to a grade-A one. Had the friendship between James, Barbara and Guy's characters been a bit more fleshed out, the human aspect of the story could have been as riveting as the visual aspects, which is what really makes this little gem shine. It's obvious that Steven Spielberg saw DRUMS OF THE DEEP SOUTH and was "inspired" to use the Devil's Tower as a setting for CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND.

The image & sound quality of the DVD was pretty bad. Hopefully, this movie will be released with a pristine transfer so we can finally see this cool William Cameron Menzies film as it was meant to be seen and heard.


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