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A Thunder of Drums (1961)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  14 November 1961 (Japan)
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The trials and tribulations of bitter veteran Captain Maddocks and argumentative rookie Lieutenant McQuade at a cavalry desert outpost.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Curtis McQuade
Luana Patten ...
Tracey Hamilton
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Sgt. Karl Rodermill
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Trooper Hanna
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Lt. Porter
James Douglas ...
Lt. Thomas Gresham
Tammy Marihugh ...
Laurie Detweiler
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Camden Yates
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Trooper Eddy
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Trooper Erschick
Clem Harvey ...
Trooper Denton
Casey Tibbs ...
Trooper Baker
Irene Tedrow ...
Mrs. Scarborough
Marjorie Bennett ...
Mrs. Yates
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Storyline

Captain Maddocks will never be promoted beyond Captain because of a mistake that he made in the past. Lt. McQuade is a green rookie who is now under the command of the tough Captain and he does not seem to be able to do anything right. Lt. McQuade also has trouble with Tracey, but it will be the renegade Indians that will test him and teach him the importance of following orders. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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A regiment of forgotten men... a woman no man could forget!

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14 November 1961 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Tonnerre apache  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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The film recorded a loss of $42,000, according to MGM records. See more »

Goofs

On the night before the final battle: around the campfire, bottom right, ribbed shoe-prints are clearly visible in the dust. They were obviously made by modern footwear with synthetic soles. See more »

Quotes

Captain Stephen Maddocks: Bachelors make the best soldiers. All they have to lose is their loneliness.
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A cookie cutter movie about indians & soldiers repeated
2 February 2000 | by (St. Louis) – See all my reviews

It is interesting to see a young George Hamilton and a young Richard Chamberlin and how they looked and acted in their early years. In fact, it is quite pathetic. Richard Boone plays the post commander whom, you learn at the END as to why an old man is still a captain. Really, it was droll movie. Slow plot development, if any and a meaningless conclusion. I did like the color except for one scene where Hamilton opens the door and sees an obviously painted scene in daylight and then exits into the nightlight on the exterior.


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