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A Thunder of Drums (1961)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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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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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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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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 »

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Captain Stephen Maddocks: Bachelors make the best soldiers. All they have to lose is their loneliness.
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What drums?
3 August 2002 | by (Cincinnati, OH) – See all my reviews

The title of this film might lead one to believe that there will be some tension between cavalry and Indians including the suspenseful, psychologically torturous use of drums. It doesn't happen. Instead, after a pretty vivid opening sequence, the audience is treated to an hour of talk, talk, TALK. The script isn't bad, but needed occasional action interludes to keep the threat of the Indians alive. As the film opens, Indians have raped and killed two women and a surviving little girl is taken to an undermanned fort. Here, crusty Boone is trying to beat privileged Hamilton into shape as an officer. Future stars Bronson and especially Chamberlain have little to do. People keep coming into and back to the fort to report on action that has happened OFFscreen! When the soldiers FINALLY are shown going out for battle, it's an endless array of shots of them trekking through the desert. Eventually there is a fairly tense skirmish, but the Indians are shown mostly from a distance and there is limited drama in the presentation of the battle. And never any drums... Boone gives a decent performance as a weary, haggard, embittered officer. Hamilton is miscast and less effective. The actor commits a cardinal sin as he's introducing himself to Boone. He refers to himself as a member of the "calvary", not cavalry!! Amazing that this wasn't caught in the editing... Patten turns up as the fiancé of a fellow officer who has a history with Hamilton. She's given very little to do but look decorative. Marihugh, so effective in "The Last Voyage", says nary a word and was "retired" shortly after this film. Eddy joins the long list of performers who started with "and introducing" before their name and were scarcely seen (onscreen) again. Long-term "As the World Turns" fans will appreciate seeing Douglas (though he rarely lets the light hit his eyes and looks like a raccoon half the time!) Anyway...a few good scenes, but an ill-advised title.


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