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Apache Drums (1951)

Approved | | Western | April 1951 (USA)
A gambler is thrown out of a western town, but returns when the town is suddenly threatened by a band of marauding Apaches.

Director:

Hugo Fregonese

Writers:

David Chandler (screenplay), Harry Brown (from "Stand at Spanish Boot")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stephen McNally ... Sam Leeds
Coleen Gray ... Sally
Willard Parker ... Mayor Joe Madden
Arthur Shields ... Rev. Griffin
James Griffith ... Lt. Glidden
Armando Silvestre ... Pedro-Peter
Georgia Backus ... Mrs. Keon
Clarence Muse ... Jehu
Ruthelma Stevens ... Betty Careless
James Best ... Bert Keon
Chinto Guzman Chinto Guzman ... Chacho
Ray Bennett ... Mr. Keon
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A gambler is thrown out of a western town, but returns when the town is suddenly threatened by a band of marauding Apaches.

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Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tambores apaches See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The "Apache" Indians are actually lifeguards from the beach at Santa Monica, California, painted with full body paint and made up to look like Apaches. Director Hugo Fregonese and producer Val Lewton wanted the Apaches to do a lot of leaping from high windows, off of roofs, etc., and the film's budget precluded hiring stuntmen to play the Apaches. They decided to hire the lifeguards because of their athleticism and, more importantly, the fact that they didn't have to get stuntmen's pay. See more »

Goofs

The Apache are shown beating the drums with their hands, whereas they and all Native Americans used sticks or drum beaters. See more »

Quotes

Rev. Griffin: Sam Leeds and I have fought together - we saw death ride up to us. I feel I know this man - there's good in him - the kind of good that will help the town you love so much, Joe Madden.
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The church siege at Spanish Boot
18 May 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I saw this film years ago on television when I was a kid. I remembered it vividly and I've not written any review of it as I wanted to see it fresh before doing so. Now thanks to YouTube I have seen it and it is as good as I remember it.

Stephen McNally stars as a roguish gambler who kills someone accusing him of cheating. That's all mayor, veterinarian, and blacksmith Willard Parker needs to throw McNally out of town. In fact an attack of Puritanism has swept the town of Spanish Boot and the saloon has closed down and the girls ordered to leave. But when McNally goes after them he finds them massacred by the Apaches.

Two hundred strong under Vittorio and they've crossed the Mexican border and wreaking general mayhem in Arizona. The town bands together and takes refuge in a church which does have good walls, but also windows to high up to shoot from, but great for the Apache to scale.

Though both McNally and Parker act real juvenile at the beginning both are goofy over Coleen Gray in the end they both step to the plate.

Apache Drums was the last film of Val Lewton, his only western, but it has its moments of horror and suspense so associated with Lewton. It's not a film for the faint of heart, but I recommend it highly for western fans and Lewton fans.


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