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Drum Beat (1954)

In 1872, Indian fighter Johnny MacKay is appointed peace commissioner for the California and Oregon territory but he faces tough opposition from the renegade Modocs led by their brutal chief Captain Jack.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Johnny MacKay
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Nancy Meek
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Toby
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Bill Satterwhite
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Scarface Charlie
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Kintpuash, aka Captain Jack
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Gen. Canby
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Blaine Crackel
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Manok
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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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Storyline

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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Adventure | Western

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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8 April 1955 (West Germany)  »

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Delmer Daves' Drum Beat  »

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$1,100,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording) (magnetic prints)| (optical prints)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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

Nellie Grant: Have you ever seen Indians bit the dust?
Johnny MacKay: They don't really bite, it, Miss - they hit it.
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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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