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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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John Ford

Writers:

Lamar Trotti (screen play), Sonya Levien (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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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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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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Trivia

The real William Caldwell (c. 1750-1822), who is played in the film by John Carradine, is based on a Scots-Irish immigrant who settled initially in Pennsylvania and fought in several wars on the British/Indian side. He is noted as having fought in the Battle of German Flats in the Mohawk Valley as part of the loyalist Butler's Rangers, although nothing is known about his participation, if any, in the Battle of Oriskany. During the Revolutionary War he also fought in Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Although it is suggested that Blueback killed him in this film, he survived to fight on the British side in the War of 1812. See more »

Goofs

When Gil is running to the next fort for help, he crosses a stream with the three Indians in hot pursuit. The next scene shows him running into the woods and his pant legs are completely dry. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. McKlennar: [to General Herkimer] Well, here's a nice mess you've gotten yourself into.
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Opening credits prologue: 1776 AT THE BORST HOME IN ALBANY, NEW YORK See more »

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Excellent depiction of life during colonial times in New England.
27 September 2005 | by lynl1108See all my reviews

I've used this movie in many history classes. It illustrates life during these turbulent times when people were moving to the frontier and just trying to live their lives in peace. However, other people had lived on those lands and now wanted it back and war erupted. The American Revolution is vastly different for people on the frontier. There was no help -they had to rely on each other to protect their farms, their families and livestock. It was a hard life but they managed to find humor and enjoyment even during the hardest of times. This movies illustrates the new culture that had to evolve in order to survive. Fighting Indians, British and French became a way of life during this period. These people developed a strong bond of friendship and family. They helped one another in many ways. The only way to get communication from Albany was at church on Sunday when the Reverend would give everyone the latest news about the war as well as cloth that had arrived at the general store in Dayton. It's a good story and one that will remain a favorite.


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