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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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Complete credited cast:
Maj. Clay Clayburn
Kathy Summers
Maj. Will Denning
Sgt. Mac McCardle
Sgt. Harper
Col. House
Col. Braxton Summers
Albert Monroe
Lewis Martin ...
Union Corporal
Corp. Jennings


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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Release Date:

September 1951 (USA)  »

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The Confederate Story  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

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 »


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 »


Gen. Johnston: A good soldier dies only once, and death is someone he knows.
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"John Brown's Body' (uncredited)
Traditional American melody
Lyrics by Thomas Brigham Bishop
Integrated into score as theme for union troops
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surprising accuracy
3 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

I usually don't hold out much hope when it comes to movies about Mr. Lincoln's War. Hollywood seldom gets it right on all things Southern and/or Confederate. I think the leading lady's contempt for the Yankees was accurate. And I believe that the movie generally portrayed the Yankee attitudes accurately. The most I had a problem with in this movie was the liberal propaganda garbage at the end about us becoming a unified and indivisible nation. The reconstruction and the general attitudes for the South following the war contradict that concept completely.

I did notice a chronological error toward the beginning of the movie. When it is announced that war has been declared. Clay states that he is going to report to Richmond. At the beginning of the war a capital had not been established for the Confederacy, not to mention the first one was in Alabama. And even more importantly, Virginia had not yet seceded.

As a whole the movie was okay and I would give it an overall recommendation.

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