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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lana (Magdelana)
... Gilbert Martin
... Mrs. Mc Klennar
Eddie Collins ... Christian Reall
... Caldwell
... Mary Reall
... Mrs. Weaver
... Reverend Rosenkrantz
... John Weaver
Roger Imhof ... Gen. Nicholas Herkimer
... Joe Boleo
... Adam Hartman
... Mrs. Demooth
... Dr. Petry
... 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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10 November 1939 (USA)  »

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

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,000,000, 3 November 1940
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Iroquois Confederation was split in its loyalties during the Revolution. The Oneidas sided with the Americans while the Mohawks and Senecas joined with the Hurons and Nipissing First Nation (Ojibwas and Algonquins) on the side of the British. See more »

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The real William Caldwell was not killed in the Mohawk Valley assault on the fort as suggested by the film, but lived to fight on the British side during the War of 1812. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. McKlennar: I've a long face, and I poke it where I want.
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Opening credits prologue: 1776 AT THE BORST HOME IN ALBANY, NEW YORK See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Unearthly (1991) See more »

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Up and Down
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Traditional 18th Century dance
Arranged by Conrad Salinger
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A Great Film On the Revolution
27 April 2003 | by See 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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