Drums Along the Mohawk

1 h 44 min1939PG
A New York frontiersman protects his family from attack during the Revolutionary War
Arthur AylesworthArthur ShieldsBeulah Hall Jones
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Charles TannenChief John Big Tree
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tom williamsReviewed in the United States on May 3, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Rousing Good Tale
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In my humble opinion, one of the two ABSOLUTE BEST of the genre of "Indians vs. the settlers" movies ever filmed. Some of the true giants in Hollywood were in the movie and produced it. Henry Fonda, Claudette Colbert, Ward Bond, and a supporting cast of character actors and actresses who made you think you actually WERE in the late 1770's during the fighting of the American Revolution, and the battle there between the militias and the British with their Native American allies. If you like this movie watch UNCONQUERED, and the Daniel Day Lewis version of LAST OF THE MOHICANS. Both are top quality shows with plenty of action and great plots.
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philipReviewed in the United States on December 22, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
March to the beat of the drum you will enjoy the march
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This is a very good film and in color. It is well written and the character are well developed. The story is about the American revolution and the battles of Oriskiny and Fort Stanwix. While Stanwicix does not look like the one in film this is typical of the 1930's. But it is a beautiful set.

The viciousness of the Tories and their Indian Allies are well done showing their determination. Fortunately there are few moments of comic relief which was common to the film industry of the time. Where there is humor it is well done.

The battle of Oriskiny is told effectively. The attack on Stanwix is shown at its' beginning and cut away to the hero's chase to get help and then returns as the relieve force arrives just when all seemed lost.

Wa worthy buy!
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TimHReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2021
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One of the first great Technicolor movies from the 30's
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I am a collector of great movies and this is one of the best. Technicolor got its start in the 1920's as a two color system which wasn't bad for that time. The Phantom of the Opera from 1923 with Lon Chaney has a scene in two color Technicolor and its quite good for that era. In the early 1930's Technicolor evolved into a three color process which was much closer to real life. This film is a good example of the early three strip process. Its unfortunate this film and others did not received the same preservation efforts like the Wizard of Oz did which still remains almost pristine to this day. Still this movie is very watchable and the imperfections give way to a good story. Some might say, the imperfections add to the character of the movie overall. Its worth watching.
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Dr. PaulReviewed in the United States on March 16, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Well done classic
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I was introduced to this film by my wife who’d grown up watching with her dad. We’ve seen it several times and she’d wanted it - it’s rarely on TV - so grabbed. Classic films can become old and tiresome, not hold up. But like the greats, this one does.

The story is well done for it’s time, the acting enjoyable, and the filmmaking well done.

We will stream on a Sunday afternoon, or late at night, but we do enjoy. We are film and history fans so this is one we’ll return to time and again. Life and history aren’t pretty, but films can help us stay connected and this one does that well.
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John D. GardnerReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2019
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Remembering Our Past
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In 1775, the loyalists amongst us used the Mohawks against the colonists. The colonists prevailed against the loyalists in 1776 by the slightest of margins. Now move forward to 2019. The loyalists (a different flavor) of 2019 are using various population groups to revert us back to pre-independence days. Liberty is always one generation away from being lost.
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lorraine stewartReviewed in the United States on September 25, 2021
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Movie shows the local history of my area.
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I love this movie for two reasons. First it covered local history. The battle that Henry Honda's character described happened only eight miles from my hometown. In fact the soldiers were coming to the aid of the fort that became Rome NY. When they were attacked. The second reason was the many wonderful characters, the preacher, the native American Blue Back, the old woman that helped defend the fort against the Indians and the British soldiers. I like how the movie depicted General Herikmer. I don't know if he was really like that, but the movie did bring a local historical figure to life. I recommend this film to people living in the Mohawk Valley and anyone interested in history.
EinsatzReviewed in the United States on June 27, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is how you make a movie!!!
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An exceptional historical drama, this feature has it all: trials, tribulations, excitement, humor, sorrow, action, adventure. At all times absorbing, I was riveted from first to last. Fabulous characters, incredible actors, vibrant colors, well composed scenes (at times each shot looked like a painting, the lighting was dramatic and well thought out. No surprise, it earned an Oscar nomination for the cinematography...losing out to Gone With The Wind). The story moves along at a good clip, picking up considerably once Edna May Oliver, as the indomitable Mrs. McKlennar, came into the story (the movie's only other Oscar nomination). She can dominate a scene by just walking into a room and not saying a blessed thing. John Carradine is also on hand as the villain of the piece (he never really got his due as an actor). Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert make a great couple. Her best scene was the hysterical reaction to an intruder in their cabin. The way she screamed and fell in and out of the deep shadows made for a chilling moment. Altogether just a fantastically beautiful film, even the scenes of great destruction are lovely to behold (Henry Fonda's desperate race to save the fort, the enormous sunset at his back....perfection).
Loved it, definitely a keeper that I'll enjoy for many years to come. Glad I bought it.
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FRED C. DOBBSReviewed in the United States on January 18, 2010
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Splendid film about the trials and tribulations of the early settlers of the New York Mohawk Valley during the American Revolution. Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert play a newlywed couple who settle there. Fonda was raised there but assimilation is a bit difficult for his prim and proper spouse who came from a big town. The days are challenging with the couple and their neighbors having to work the land, produce food, and raise their families under the constant threat of the native Mohawks who side with, and are subsidized by, the British. Their only protection is provided by territorial Forts that are few and far between. Fonda and Colbert are engaging but they play second fiddle to John Ford's wonderful array of supporting characters---carefully selected and deftly used as only John Ford can to provide authenticity and atmosphere to this fine historical drama. Among the supports Edna May Oliver is most memorable---a riot as the audacious say-what-you-mean widow who employs the couple after the Indians burn down their house. She was nominated for an Oscar, and deservedly so, taking over the middle-third of the film. Her persona was spoofed by Warner Brothers in some of their 1940s cartoons which many of us grew up with. Ward Bond is as charismatic as ever. His continual banter with the widow is endearing and the scene where he cradles the dying woman who turns to him and says "good-bye good looking" is utterly poignant. Russell Simpson, who played Pa Joad in THE GRAPES OF WRATH [1940], has a brief but noteworthy role as the gruff, miserable and terse Doc. Arthur Shields is the bible-spouting preacher who has to pick up a rifle, too. Eddie Collins is the bumbling caricatural town cryer. And then there's the omnipresent John Carradine [also in Ford's THE GRAPES OF WRATH] who has a brief role playing the maverick who leads the Indians against the settlers. And how can we forget the settlers' native American ally "Blueback". Eventually the settlers have to leave their homesteads and retreat into the isolated confines of an undersupplied and tenuous Fort. With ammunition dwindling and the enemy creeping closer their only hope is to have someone furtively get past their surrounding adversaries and run to the nearest Fort for help. One guy, apparently their best scout, tries but is easily captured and torched. Fonda subsequently volunteers. Memorable race with three Indians on his tail probably inspired by John Colter's [1774-1813] escape from the Blackfoot Indians [see THE NAKED PREY, 1966]. Overall, a wonderfully sensitive and beautifully photographed historical drama and obviously an inspiration for another great film, Michael Mann's LAST OF THE MOHICANS [1992].
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