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Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 10 November 1939 (USA)
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Newlyweds Gil and Lana Martin try to establish a farm in the Mohawk Valley but are menaced by Indians and Tories as the Revolutionary War begins.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Lamar Trotti (screen play), Sonya Levien (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudette Colbert ... Lana (Magdelana)
Henry Fonda ... Gilbert Martin
Edna May Oliver ... Mrs. Mc Klennar
Eddie Collins Eddie Collins ... Christian Reall
John Carradine ... Caldwell
Dorris Bowdon ... Mary Reall
Jessie Ralph ... Mrs. Weaver
Arthur Shields ... Reverend Rosenkrantz
Robert Lowery ... John Weaver
Roger Imhof Roger Imhof ... Gen. Nicholas Herkimer
Francis Ford ... Joe Boleo
Ward Bond ... Adam Hartman
Kay Linaker ... Mrs. Demooth
Russell Simpson ... Dr. Petry
Spencer Charters ... Innkeeper
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Storyline

In Revolutionary America, Gil Martin takes his new wife Lana back to his farm in upstate New York. The area is remote and a distance from the fort but they are happy living in their one room cabin. With the declaration of independence, the settlers soon find themselves at war with the British and their Indian allies. Their farm is burned out and the Martins take work with Sarah McKlennar. The war continues however as the Martins try to make a new life. Written by garykmcd

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Red-Blooded DRAMA !


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Darryl F. Zanuck's Production of Drums Along the Mohawk See more »

Filming Locations:

Cook County, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,000,000, 3 November 1940
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Edna May Oliver Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominated performance was the only one in the category not to be in a Best Picture nominee for that year. See more »

Goofs

When the Indians first attack the settlers during the land clearing, the first Indian to shoot at the fleeing settlers fires a musket shot and then falls down as though shot before anyone returns fire. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. McKlennar: I've a long face, and I poke it where I want.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1776 AT THE BORST HOME IN ALBANY, NEW YORK See more »

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Edited into My Country 'Tis of Thee (1950) See more »

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Up and Down
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Arranged by Conrad Salinger
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A Great Film On the Revolution
27 April 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

This is one great film to look at on a lazy afternoon. It is definitely the finest film John Ford ever directed without the use of John Wayne. The timing of the release of it was interesting due to the fact that the world was edging ever closer to the brink of war and the country needed something to help boost morale. Also, the performances in this film were great as well. Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert were wonderful, but the character that really stood out for me was the old spinster, Mrs. McKlennar portrayed by Edna May Oliver. Too bad it had to be released in 1939. Due to all the great releases that year, this film definitely got lost in the shuffle.


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