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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
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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

There actually was a Fort Canby. First laid out in 1852. Actual construction didn't begin until 1863. It was occupied by troops in 1864. But the real Fort Canby was in Washington state at Cape Disappointment. It became a combination lighthouse and coastal battery. While it was heavily fortified it never fired a shot in anger. It was deactivated after World War II in 1947. See more »

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When there is a party for the engagement there are a number of senior officers in attendance but the fort has only the Captain and the three young lieutenants so where did all these older and over dressed officers come from? 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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