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Drango (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Western | January 1957 (USA)
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 overview, first billed only:
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Major Clint Drango
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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
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Dr. Blair
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Col. Bracken
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Henry Calder
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George Randolph
Damian O'Flynn ...
Gareth Blackford
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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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BURN...DESTROY...KILL...RAVAGE...These were the orders and they were obeyed! See more »

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Drama | Western

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January 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cenizas de odio  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall: Episode #9.19 (1957) See more »

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Drango
Lyrics by Alan Alch
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Sung by Rex Allen
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A Conquered And Proud People
27 April 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Jeff Chandler in the title role of Clint Drango has a disagreeable and difficult duty to perform as military governor of a small Georgia town that not even a year before he had ridden through with General Sherman's army. They did not leave much standing and when the town learns of his military record, Chandler's not left with much support for the difficult job he's trying to do. To bring peace to a conquered and proud people.

The film starts with the lynching of northern sympathizer Morris Ankrum and his daughter Joanne Dru though she hates Chandler at first for not sending Ankrum to safety, she becomes his biggest supporter mainly because she has nowhere else to go.

Behind the resistance is former Confederate officer Ronald Howard who never looked more like his father Leslie than in this film. He was certainly evocative of Ashley Wilkes another Georgia aristocrat. Donald Crisp is Howard's father here and Julie London is another southern aristocrat who Howard uses to gain information. Of course Ashley's attitude toward the conquering Yankees was light years different than than Ronald Howard's in Drango.

Drango's not a bad western, but quite frankly the total absence of blacks from the film is puzzling. There are places in the south which did not have cotton plantations and hence no significant black population at the time of the Civil War. But looking at the mansions that Crisp and London have belies that notion for this section of Georgia.

That absence makes Drango a decent, but very flawed picture.


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