Drums Along the Mohawk ()

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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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Lana (Magdelana)
Gilbert Martin
Mrs. Mc Klennar
Eddie Collins ...
Christian Reall
Mary Reall
Mrs. Weaver
Reverend Rosenkrantz
John Weaver
Roger Imhof ...
Gen. Nicholas Herkimer
Joe Boleo
Adam Hartman
Mrs. Demooth
Dr. Petry
Jacob Small
Jack Pennick ...
Amos Hartman (as J. Ronald Pennick)
George Weaver
Blue Back (as Chief Big Tree)
Dr. Robert Johnson
Capt. Mark Demooth
Tiny Jones ...
Mrs. Reall (as Elizabeth Jones)
Beulah Hall Jones ...
Rev. Daniel Gros
Mr. Borst
Mrs. Borst
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Commander of Colonial Troops (uncredited)
Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Pioneer (uncredited)
Indian (uncredited)
Payne B. Johnson ...
Boy in Wedding (uncredited)
Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Lionel Pape ...
General (uncredited)
Capt. Morgan (uncredited)
Paymaster (uncredited)

Directed by

John Ford

Written by

Lamar Trotti ... (screen play) and
Sonya Levien ... (screen play)
Walter D. Edmonds ... (based on the novel by)
William Faulkner ... (contributor) (uncredited)
Bess Meredyth ... (contributor) (uncredited)

Produced by

Raymond Griffith ... associate producer
Darryl F. Zanuck ... producer

Music by

Alfred Newman

Cinematography by

Bert Glennon ... director of photography
Ray Rennahan ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Robert L. Simpson ... (as Robert Simpson)

Editorial Department

Mary Crumley ... assistant cutter: Technicolor (uncredited)
Jack Wells ... assistant cutter: Technicolor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Richard Day
Mark-Lee Kirk

Set Decoration by

Thomas Little ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

Gwen Wakeling ... (costumes)

Makeup Department

Ann Barr ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Irene Beshon ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Marie Brasselle ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Robert Cowan ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Steve Drumm ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Myrtle Ford ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Newton House ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Norbert A. Myles ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

Ralph Dietrich ... production manager (uncredited)
W.F. Fitzgerald ... unit production manager (uncredited)
Robert E. Goux ... unit production manager (uncredited)
Bernard McEveety ... unit production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

F.E. Johnson ... assistant director (uncredited)
Edward O'Fearna ... assistant director (uncredited)
Wingate Smith ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Joseph C. Behm ... props (uncredited)
Stanley Detlie ... assistant propman (uncredited)
Fred J. Rode ... set dresser (uncredited)
Tom Shaw ... assistant propman (uncredited)

Sound Department

Roger Heman Sr. ... sound (as Roger Heman)
E. Clayton Ward ... sound
Harry M. Leonard ... cable person (uncredited)
Robert Parrish ... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Harry Roberts ... boom operator (uncredited)
Harold A. Root ... assistant sound (uncredited)
Mert Strong ... cable person (uncredited)


Jackie Hamblin ... stunt double (uncredited)
Howard Hill ... archery stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Alfred Baalas ... film loader: Technicolor (uncredited)
Charles Bohny ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Fritz Borsch ... camera maintenance: Technicolor (uncredited)
Nelson Cordes ... camera technician: Technicolor (uncredited)
John Grady ... best boy (uncredited)
John Gustafson ... camera technician: Technicolor (uncredited)
Fred Hall ... gaffer (uncredited)
John Lees ... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
Phil Mandella ... grip (uncredited)
Frank Powolny ... still photographer (uncredited)
Irving Rosenberg ... camera operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Sam Benson ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ollie Hughes ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joe Kane ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Harry Kernell ... wardrobe (uncredited)
George Koich ... tailor (uncredited)
Norman Martien ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Josephine Perrin ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Robert Varnado ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Grace Wilson ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

Edward B. Powell ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Louis Silvers ... musical director (uncredited)

Other crew

Henri Jaffa ... associate Technicolor director
Natalie Kalmus ... Technicolor director
Thornton Edwards ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Harry Lloyd Morris ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Henry J. Staudigl ... continuity: Technicolor (uncredited)
Meta Stern ... script clerk (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Darryl F. Zanuck's Production of Drums Along the Mohawk (United States)
  • Darryl F. Zanuck's Production of Drums Along the Mohawk (United Kingdom)
  • Sur la piste des Mohawks (France)
  • Corazones indomables (Spain)
  • Sur la piste des Mohawks (Belgium, French title)
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  • 104 min
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Budget $2,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Buffalo Bill (1944). See more »
Soundtracks Country Gardens See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits prologue: 1776 AT THE BORST HOME IN ALBANY, NEW YORK See more »
Quotes Reverend Rosenkrantz: O Almighty God, hear us, we beseech Thee, and bring succor and guidance to those we are about to bring to Your divine notice. First we are thinking of Mary Walaber. She is only 16 years old, but she is keeping company with a soldier from Fort Dayton. He's a Massachusetts man, and Thou knowest no good can come of that.
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