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The Drum (1938)

Not Rated | | Adventure, War | 29 September 1938 (USA)
During the British Raj, Captain Carruthers works under cover to track smuggled shipments of arms on the restless Northwest Frontier of India. He fears a full-scale rebellion is brewing. To ... See full summary »

Director:

Zoltan Korda

Writers:

A.E.W. Mason (by), Lajos Biró (adaptation) (as Lajos Biro) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sabu ... Prince Azim
Raymond Massey ... Prince Ghul
Roger Livesey ... Capt. Carruthers
Valerie Hobson ... Mrs. Carruthers
David Tree ... Lieut. Escott
Desmond Tester ... Bill Holder
Francis L. Sullivan ... Governor (as Francis L.Sullivan)
Archibald Batty Archibald Batty ... Major Bond
Frederick Culley Frederick Culley ... Dr.Murphy
Amid Taftazani Amid Taftazani ... Mohammed Khan
Laurence Baskcomb Laurence Baskcomb ... Zarullah (as Lawrence Baskcomb)
Roy Emerton Roy Emerton ... Wafadar
Michael Martin Harvey Michael Martin Harvey ... Mullah
Martin Walker Martin Walker ... Herrick
Ronald Adam ... Major Gregoff
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Storyline

During the British Raj, Captain Carruthers works under cover to track smuggled shipments of arms on the restless Northwest Frontier of India. He fears a full-scale rebellion is brewing. To forestall this, the British governor signs a treaty with the friendly, peace-loving ruler of Tokot, a key kingdom in the region, which is described as four days' march northward from Peshawar. Meanwhile, the king's son, Prince Azim, befriends Carruthers and a British drummer boy, Bill Holder, who teaches him how to play the instrument. Written by GusF

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Genres:

Adventure | War

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drums See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

London Film Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Noiseless Wide Range Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film caused protests when shown in Bombay and Madras, as it was considered by many to be British propaganda. See more »


Soundtracks

Penny For Your Thoughts
(uncredited)
Written by Lee Sims
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Forget today's political correctness @ enjoy a spiffin yarn
30 March 2004 | by alexander_caugheySee all my reviews

Great morale booster for the British people, with another World War looming. Shows the bonding between British and Indians that contributed to the long sojourn of the British in India. Definitely a boy's film with all the majesty that the Empire films of the thirties could muster for audiences suffering from economic depression and worries over the rise of fascism and its onward march. Roger Livesey's character brings to life the type of relationship that so many British civilians and civil servants enjoyed with Indians, so sadly ignored/forgotten in the interest of history revision and political correctness.


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