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Distant Drums (1951)

Approved | | Western | 29 December 1951 (USA)
After destroying a Seminole fort, American soldiers and their rescued companions must face the dangerous Everglades and hostile Indians in order to reach safety.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Niven Busch (screenplay), Martin Rackin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Capt. Quincy Wyatt
Mari Aldon ... Judy Beckett
Richard Webb ... Lt. Richard Tufts
Ray Teal ... Pvt. Mohair
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Monk
Robert Barrat ... Gen. Zachary Taylor
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Storyline

Navy Lieutenant Tufts accompanies scout Quincy Wyatt into the Everglades to rout the Seminole Indians who are threatening the early settlers in Florida. When the command is forced to run, Wyatt and Seminole Chief Oscala square off in an exciting climax. Written by Buxx Banner <buxx572@aol.com>

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Against unseen jungle terrors and untamed savage tribes ... and pounding war-drums that echoed his challenge ! See more »

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Western

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Trivia

Except for Larry Chance, the actors "playing" Seminole Indian warriors were in fact actual Seminoles. See more »

Goofs

The uniforms, besides being anachronistic, don't stay the same throughout the movie. At the beginning, Captain Wyatt wears trousers with Infantry white stripes on them. The "sergeant" (actually Sergeant Major chevrons) and corporal's chevrons are Cavalry yellow. The Captain appears wearing trousers with Cavalry yellow stripes and, shortly afterwards, Artillery red ones. The sergeant and the corporal also appear briefly wearing Artillery red chevrons. See more »

Quotes

Monk: [tiring of the diet] Fish and turtles! Nothing but fish and turtles! I'm about to grow gills!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are followed immediately by Lt. Richard Tufts (Richard Webb) writing in his LOG "I, Lieutenant Richard Tufts, United States Navy, do make this account of my perilous journey in the Territory of Florida in the year 1840." See more »

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Referenced in The Mist (2007) See more »

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The history lover in me was not thrilled...
21 June 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film is about a small group of soldiers who make an incursion well into Seminole territory in Florida. Things don't go well and they are forced to essentially trudge through swamps in order to get back to their front line.

When I watch movies, I look for details many others do not. Much of this is because I love history and taught it. So, when I see folks who are supposed to be fighting the Seminole Indians during the Second Seminole War (the one Zachary Taylor participated in), I hated seeing folks using revolvers and Springfield rifles that used cartridges, as these weapons came along during the Civil War era...about 25 years later. And, the uniforms on the men were a motley collection of types---and the most prevalent was a Rough Riders type from about 1898! This was all very sloppy...and the folks making the film simply didn't care. When I add to that the story is only kinda interesting, then I am left with a movie that clearly falls into the 'time-passer' category...one that is modestly watchable and entertaining but absolutely nothing more...even WITH Gary Cooper in the lead! Watch it if you must...and at least the nice Florida locations are nice to see.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Distant Drums See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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