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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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14 November 1961 (Japan)  »

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Tonnerre apache  »

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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 »

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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 officers come from? 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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Apaches stage Comanche raid
13 March 2016 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

After a vicious Indian attack on a ranch in which the women are raped and killed and a young girl is left in a state of shock, the scene shifts to Fort Canby, under the command of Richard Boone. Unfortunately, this is not one of Boone's better movies. A lot of the blame, almost all of it perhaps, goes to the lines the actors have to somehow make sound real. That task turns out to be virtually impossible. The best part is the debate over which Indians, the Apaches or the Comanches, actually carried out the raid. Luana Patton takes top honors as the center of George Hamilton's and James Douglas's attention. Douglas, the ranking junior officer leads a small squad of soldiers out to track the Indians, setting in motion the central action sequences which culminates in a borderline ridiculous cavalry-Indian fight, somewhat saved by the arrows falling on some of the soldiers. However, life in the fort turns out to be a bit more interesting than the action outside of the walls.


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