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A Thunder of Drums (1961)

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

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Lt. Curtis McQuade
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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
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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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Western

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14 November 1961 (Japan)  »

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Tonnerre apache  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

That this movie lost money with such a solid cast plus three young up-and-comers like Hamilton, Chamberlain, and rocker Duane Eddy is curious. See more »

Goofs

When an Indian sneaks into the Fort at night and stabs a guard he is chased out of the Fort by the Cpatain and lieutenant. The Fort has a big iron spiked gate that the groups enter through in several shots and yet the Indian attacker enters over a short fence they all jump over. See more »

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Tracey Hamilton: It's an eye-opener to a girl when she finds her body can trap her decency.
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12 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

Has anyone noticed that almost every World War II movie had a triangle of two service men competing for the affection of one girl, with the world at war playing a minor role, usually to showcase the courage and nobility of our boys at war? Hollywood trotted out this formula once again for this movie, ruining an otherwise fine tale of soldiers on a far frontier battling a clever and determined enemy in a nasty little war, with no quarter asked or given. In the 60's there was no way a book was going to be brought faithfully to the screen. It had to be dumbed down, it had to devote an inordinate amount of time on the love interest, it had to be the equivilant of a "G" rating. A Thunder of Drums was an ass-kicking book, which failed as a film because although it managed to depart from romantic notions of war, still was unable to conceive of a story lacking romance. Even relatively recently, The Last of the Mohicans managed to have our frontiersman hero and a British officer competing for the affections of a girl. I am not saying there is no place for romance, but I am suggesting that some films would be better off without it, like A Thunder of Drums.


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