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President Grant orders Indian fighter MacKay to negotiate with the Modocs of northern California and southern Oregon. On the way he must escort Nancy Meek to the home of her aunt and uncle.... See full summary »

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Johnny MacKay
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Nancy Meek
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Toby
Robert Keith ...
Bill Satterwhite
Rodolfo Acosta ...
Scarface Charlie
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Kintpuash, aka Captain Jack
Warner Anderson ...
Gen. Canby
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Blaine Crackel
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Manok
Richard Gaines ...
Dr. Thomas
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Modoc Jim
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Bogus Charlie
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Lily White
Peggy Converse ...
Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant
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President Grant orders Indian fighter MacKay to negotiate with the Modocs of northern California and southern Oregon. On the way he must escort Nancy Meek to the home of her aunt and uncle. After Modoc renegade Captain Jack engages in ambush and other atrocities, MacKay must fight him one-on-one with guns, knives and fists. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Only the fierce Modocs knew the terrible meaning of each beat of the Drum ! See more »

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8 April 1955 (West Germany)  »

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Delmer Daves' Drum Beat  »

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Trivia

Actor Charles Buchinsky (his birth name) changed his name to Charles Bronson,using his new moniker for the first time in this film,and remained so for the rest of his acting career. See more »

Goofs

This movie was based on the 1869 Modoc Indian uprising in northern California, yet they show 44-40 lever action Winchester rifles, which were not introduced until 1873. See more »

Quotes

Nancy Meek: Johnny, I just learned something.
Johnny MacKay: Yes?
Nancy Meek: Why women in the West seem happier than those back East.
Johnny MacKay: Red women or white?
Nancy Meek: Both. It's knowing they're needed. If a woman's needed - if she knows she's wanted... I'm going to stay. I think I can be needed here. I hope I will be.
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Drum Beat
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Ned Washington
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Sentimental drivel
19 July 2013 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Captain Jack, the Modoc leader, is depicted as a murderous savage throughout, despite being somewhat admired by the white hero, Alan Ladd, yet the film fails to mention that until the early 1870's the State of California was still offering bounties on Indian scalps, men, women, and children.

The Modocs had been deported to Oregon, and forced to share the reservations of their tribal enemies, and had only returned to their homes in California because they were being murdered.

In fact, it was the white immigrants to California who had murderously attacked, enslaved, and persecuted the Modoc Indians, because they happened to live in "Gold Country," and the more-or-less official policy of the California Government was to "drive the native Indians into the sea," if at all possible, but in the meantime they could legally be sold and used as slaves, despite the fact that California was nominally a "Free" State.


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