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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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They called him a Wanderer because a horse was his home...they called him "Injun Lover" but never to his face...but they called on him when everyone else had run away ! See more »

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8 April 1955 (West Germany)  »

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Delmer Daves' Drum Beat  »

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General Edward Canby, whose death is depicted in this movie, was in reality the only U.S. army general killed during the American Indian Wars. "General" G. A. Custer, killed at the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876, was not in fact a general at the time of his death. After the Civil War, he held the permanent rank of Lieutenant Colonel. See more »

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When the woman on the stagecoach is shot by a Modoc arrow, if you look closely you can see the filament wire used to "guide" the prop arrow to its target. See more »

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Kintpuash, aka Captain Jack: Red man think he go to good place when he die. Good hunting... good shooting... no white man. None! You're not like preacher who talk about Pearly Gates. You got sense. You tell me, Johnny, you believe there is a place like this?
Johnny MacKay: Yes, I believe that, Jack, except I think it's open for all of us when we die. I think they, ah, even let white men in.
Kintpuash, aka Captain Jack: If I see that it's for red man only up there, maybe someday I tell them, "You let Johnny McKay in. He good fighter!"
Johnny MacKay: Thanks, Jack. Maybe I'll see you...
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Drum Beat
Music by Victor Young
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Scenic Western with forced look
2 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A fairly scenic Western which boasts that it is based on true events, and announces in the beginning that it does take literary license to make it more entertaining, so there's no beef about that.

Ladd plays Indian fighter Johnny, who has a hate-like-hate relationship with Captain Jack, played by Charles Bronson, and is on a first name basis with the leading thugs that accompany Captain Jack.

Captain Jack is a Modoc Native American, but he is not a real captain. He steals medals from officers he kills. The real leaders of the Modoc don't trust him, and think little of him. Same for his main cohorts.

He makes a name for himself in villainy, and President Grant tries to quell his killing peacefully. He sees the importance of keeping peace with the good Modoc people who would make good neighbors.

As with any Delmer Daves directed movie, we know his high handed American Nazi ideology will prevail, and he will force the issue to kill at least one beautiful brunette woman. One must wonder if Daves was once jilted and humiliated by a brown eyed brunette, in order to make him continually do this.

It is just one of the "forced" looking events that take place in this movie. More "forced" is the direction, in which Daves seems to want to display certain lines and characteristics in very unnatural looking sequences of events. It looks like Daves had in mind to make sure certain lines were spoken, and certain images taken. It almost looks like a movie made by a story book artist.

Daves is a bit more subdued in this movie than in most movies, however, and it probably is the best of his works, which isn't saying much.


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