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Drango (1957)

Approved | | Western | January 1957 (USA)
A participant of Sherman's March becomes governor of a southern city directly effected by the destruction- and they have yet to learn of his involvement.

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Hall Bartlett
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Chandler ... Major Clint Drango
Joanne Dru ... Kate Calder
Julie London ... Shelby Ransom
Donald Crisp ... Judge Allen
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ... Clay Allen
John Lupton ... Capt. Marc Banning
Walter Sande ... Dr. Blair
Milburn Stone ... Col. Bracken
Morris Ankrum ... Henry Calder
Parley Baer ... George Randolph
Damian O'Flynn ... Gareth Blackford
Barney Phillips ... Rev. Giles Cameron
Charles Horvath ... Ragan
Katherine Warren ... Mrs. Scott
Chubby Johnson ... Zeb
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Storyline

Major Clint Drango of the U.S. Army and his aide, Capt. Marc Banning, ride into a burned-out Georgia town shortly after the end of the Civil War with orders to set up a military governorship. The townspeople are bitter over the earlier destruction of their crops, homes, schools and church by Sherman and Union troops but they do not know that Drango was a participant in that destruction. Renegade former Confederates under Clay Allen plan to undermine Drango's benign administration in hopes of restarting the war. The renegades commit a series of crimes and killings and Drango's honesty and character eventually win him some converts in the town. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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ONE MAN AGAINST A TOWN GONE MADE WITH LUST! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cenizas de odio See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

Drango does surgery on the doctor to remove a bullet near his heart and after pulling out the bullet there is no suturing or effort to seal the wound. Drango the goes to style kitchen to wash his hands and there is no blood on his hands before he washes. See more »

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Referenced in Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall: Episode #9.19 (1957) See more »

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Drango
Lyrics by Alan Alch
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Sung by Rex Allen
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Too Earnest for Its Own Good
5 March 2009 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

A rather dour Reconstruction Western that's probably too earnest for its own good. Writer Hall Bartlett's heart is in the right place—reconciling North and South following the Civil War. Union Major Drango (Chandler) wants to unite rebellious Confederate town around a regime of humane occupation, despite widespread resistance. The supporting cast is familiar from about every popular TV series of the day—Stone, Phillips, Sande, Ankrum, Baer. Too bad the powerful Donald Crisp is largely wasted in a circumscribed role, and why Julie London's presence other than to build box-office appeal is unclear to me. In fact, her romantic subplot with Lupton sprawls the story without strengthening it.

Also, reviewer Lorenellroy is right—Chandler's major comes across as too stiff and unappealing for a central character. His besieged Major should be serious, but the seriousness is finally carried to a deadening degree. Bartlett was interesting as a producer, especially with Navajo and Unchained. Here, however, I'm afraid he tries to do too much with a screenplay that ends up in too many talky subplots. Then too, direction should have been left to a better stylist since the core material had potential.

In passing—note that no reference to slavery or appearance of a black person occurs anywhere in the movie, a rather startling omission for a film dealing with the post-Civil War South. My guess is that the producers, like others of the period, didn't want to risk dealing with a sensitive subject at a time when Jim Crow laws still prevailed below the Mason-Dixon Line. Anyway, considering the number of Westerns on TV and in theatres in 1957, it's probably not surprising that despite good intentions and a fine performance from Joanne Dru this dour little oddity has remained lost in the mix.


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