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Drango (1957)

 -  Drama | Western  -  January 1957 (USA)
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Major Clint Drango of the U.S. Army and his aide, Capt. Banning, ride into a burned-out Georgia town shortly after the end of the Civil War with orders to set up a military governorship. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kate Calder
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Shelby Ransom
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Judge Allen
Ronald Howard ...
Clay Allen
John Lupton ...
Capt. Marc Banning
Walter Sande ...
Dr. Blair
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Col. Bracken
Morris Ankrum ...
Henry Calder
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George Randolph
Damian O'Flynn ...
Gareth Blackford
Barney Phillips ...
Rev. Giles Cameron
Charles Horvath ...
Ragan
Katherine Warren ...
Mrs. Scott
Chubby Johnson ...
Zeb
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Major Clint Drango of the U.S. Army and his aide, Capt. Banning, ride into a burned-out Georgia town shortly after the end of the Civil War with orders to set up a military governorship. The townspeople are bitter over the destruction of their homes, but they do not know that Drango was a participant in that destruction. Renegade former Confederates under Clay Allen plan to undermine Drango's benign administration in hopes of restarting the war. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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ONE MAN AGAINST A TOWN GONE MADE WITH LUST! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

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January 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cenizas de odio  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Drango
Lyrics by Alan Alch
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Sung by Rex Allen
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Reconstruction Era Drama
9 November 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a notch or two above the usual "good guys vs bad guys" Western movie,being at its core about the need to bring about reconciliation after conflict ,in this instance the American Civil war . Major Drango is appointed US military governor to a small Georgia community where tensions are running high after the defeat of the Confederacy .Drango himself participated in Sherman's march through the state and saw the devastation at first hand .Neither Drango or his men are welcomed in the community except by the small coterie of Union sympathisers

Opposition is lead by Ronald Howard (son of Leslie Howard ,in his first US Movie) the son of the local judge(Donald Crisp).The father -while in sympathy with the aims of his son -is less than impressed by the violent methods he employs.A confederate sympathiser is lynched and arson is also deployed as a terrorist weapon by the unregenerate Southerners.Drango -in addition to his professional problems -finds himself drawn to the daughter of the lynched sympathiser -winningly played by Joanne Dru

Chandler is a bit wooden in the title role -perhaps worn down by his production duties as his company produced the picture-but the rest of the acting is fine especially from John Lupton as an embittered Confederate Captain .The direction ,jointly undertaken by Hall Bartlett and Jules Bricken (who also scripted)is lumpen but the fluid and inventive monochrome photography by James Wong Howe is superb The movie is more intriguing than exciting but it is a striking and worthwhile movie with something interesting to say


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