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Distant Drums (1951)

Approved | | Action, Drama, 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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Genres:

Action | Drama | Western

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Filmaffinity (Spanish)

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Teufelsbrigade See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the scene when the soldier shouts the Wilhelm scream a decking at the entrance to and under the water can be seen. See more »

Quotes

Monk: [to Tufts] Shakin' hands with an Indian's like pumpin' a well!
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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 »

Connections

Remake of Objective, Burma! (1945) See more »

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"Objective Burma" as an eastern western.
21 March 2004 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

Niven Busch wrote such great stories as "Pursued" and "Duel in the Sun", so when you see his name on this film you expect something unusual. What you get instead is "Objective Burma" on a different time and location. Also Max Steiner's music is not at its best, nothing to compare with what he wrote for "They Died With Their Boots On". The good things here are the color cinematography showing the wild Florida Everglades, the underwater fight, Cooper's performance, and specially the sensual beauty of Mari Aldon. Where "Drums" differs from "Burma" is with this very good inclusion of the feminine element. The romance between Cooper and Aldon, with their different points of view about "holding a grudge" saves this film from boredom.


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