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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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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Only the fierce Modocs knew the terrible meaning of each beat of the Drum ! See more »

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Western | Adventure

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8 April 1955 (West Germany)  »

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Delmer Daves' Drum Beat  »

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2.55 : 1
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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

[discussing Captain Jack]
President Ulysses S. Grant: What kind of man is he?
Johnny MacKay: Well, some people say he's got a little white blood in him because of his white eye... but I think it's mostly bad blood.
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Featured in The Good Life (2007) See more »

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Drum Beat
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Ned Washington
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Is this the real history of Modocs?
4 May 2011 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

This film is not good treating the Indians, normally the directors in Hollywood in the past go to the facts or consequences of initial disagreement between Indians and whites but not to what whites did it with the Indians, i.e. the real cause of the problem. Did the director Delmer Daves try to show why and how the Modocs were moved from their reservation in Northern California to one in Oregon? Why did the whites move the Modocs from their home? What were the real causes of the war? Instead we have the consequences of mistreating Indians, a film with many Indians killed and so many white people wanting to make "justice". The Indians by themselves were always peaceful and this film shows an image totally absurd. Personally I do not know the whole history but it is doubtful that Captain Jack was a terrorist as he is shown. Even there is some incoherence the way Charles Bronson (Captain Jack) behaved during the battles and how presumably he killed General Canby with the other Captain Jack caught by the army and condemned. Reading a little bit about Johnny MacKay one may be doubtful about his so peaceful intentions as shown in the film. This material does not make any justice with the Modocs. When one sees such a film finally accepts that Marlon Brando was right.


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