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Drums Along The Mohawk [DVD] [1939]

Henry Fonda , Claudette Colbert , Roger Imhof    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Henry Fonda, Claudette Colbert, Edna May Oliver, Eddie Collins, John Carradine
  • Directors: Roger Imhof
  • Producers: Alfred Newman
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Nov 2005
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002HSE04
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,465 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

John Ford directs this Technicolor outdoor adventure set before the Revolutionary War in the American Colonial period. Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert star as Gilbert and Magdelana (Lana) Martin, a newlywed young couple trying to establish their homestead in New York State's Mohawk Valley, which is under constant attack from Native American tribespeople. Lana, who was brought up in a wealthy family, finds the life rough and difficult, but things improve as the farm becomes established and she gives birth to their first son. But their comfort is shortlived: Gilbert, who was wounded in battle with the Indians, has finally recuperated when the Valley's fledgling community falls prey to a fresh bout of attacks.

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
There are relatively few movies about the American Revolution. I think this is due to the fact that the American side lost most of the battles of that war. The battle at Saratoga, the surprise attack at Trenton, and the siege of Yorktown are part of the short list of American victories, and except for the occasion television movie or mini-series, they are rarely touched upon. Consequently, "Drums Along the Mohawk" remains the best of American movie about the revolution even though it was made before World War I and even though the redcoats are not really involved in the fight.
"Drums Along the Mohawk" does not start off as a movie about the American Revolution. Instead it begins as a movie about settling the frontier, which, at that point, was upstate New York. The focus is on a pioneer couple, newlyweds, Gilbert (Henry Fonda) and Magdalena (Claudette Colbert), called Lana. Martin is a farmer who brings his bride to the Mohawk Valley where their home is burned out by Indians allied with the British. The couple are taken in by neighbors after that happens and Martin joins the militia, but the settlers are going to need more men than that to fight the Indians and save the fort from attack.
Based on a novel by Walter D. Edmonds the screenplay for "Drums Along the Mohawk" is by Sonya Levien and Lamar Trotti, although William Faulkner worked on it without receiving credit as well. Edmonds' history novels were all set in upstate New York and "Drums Along the Mohawk" is about the warfare between the settlers and the Six Nations of the Iroquois allied with the British. The Battle of Oriskany in 1777, fought in a forest, was a American victory although their commander General Nicholas Herkimer (Ralph Imhof) died of his wounds in one of the moving scenes of the film.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars FAULTY BATCH. 24 Oct 2009
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this film is worth watching because it shows us the problems and dilemmas of the early settlers in the wild west . the film i recieved jumps at the start of the film mostly 2 mins sometimes 8 mins there was a tiny mark under disc's surface inside edge , the seller happily replaced the disc and it arrived fully sealed however once i opened the case the very same mark is under the surface and the film is jumping 2 mins into the start .this was uncanny and it has to be a manufacturing problem with the disc ,the film plays perfectly after the jump and you don't miss anything really but be warned of the probable fault.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lavishly produced but sadly unengaging 10 Nov 2007
At a risk of a beating, Drums Along the Mohawk is one of those occasional much-beloved John Ford films that didn't really work for me. As with My Darling Clementine, Ford is much more interested in the ephemera - rituals, gatherings, minor supporting characters - than he is in story or his rather bland leads (Claudette Colbert and a dull Henry Fonda on autopilot, as he is in many of his films for Ford), and much of the humor seems particularly misplaced here, turning the burning of the widow's farm or even the burning alive of one settler into semi-comic moments. The final chase is beautifully shot, but for all Ford's efforts to establish a sense of community worth fighting for, it's hard to care.

Unlike the US DVD, which includes the original trailer, or the French DVD which includes a 47-minute documentary, the UK disc has no extras but does boast a beautifully restored colour transfer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beware thy heathen in thine breast. 12 May 2013
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Drums Along the Mohawk is directed by John Ford and adapted to screenplay by Sonya Levien & Lamar Trotti from the novel written by Walter D. Edmonds. It stars Henry Fonda, Claudette Colbert, Edna May Oliver, John Carradine and Ward Bond. Music is by Alfred Newman and cinematography by Bert Glennon and Ray Rennahan.

Settlers on the New York frontier face up to the challenges of the Revolution and hostile forces homing in on their settlements.

In what was a stellar year for cinema, John Ford had three films released, Stagecoach, Young Mr. Lincoln and Drums Along the Mohawk, of the three it's not unfair to say that the latter is seen as the lesser light of his 1939 output. Yet this in no way means it's a weak film, it isn't, although it has some problems, it's just a measure of the director that he was able to churn out quality more often than not.

Drums Along the Mohawk is very much a quintessential Ford movie, it's awash with sentiment, an awareness of the value of community and of course some muscular love of America. The attention to detail of frontier life - and the knowledge of the folk who fought in that first wave of the Revolution - is superb, boosted no end by the magnificent Technicolor and the way Glennon and Rennahan (Oscar Nominated Best Color Cinematography) bring the Utah landscapes vividly to life.

The story allows Ford to produce some great moments. A battle scarred Gilbert Martin (Fonda) musing on the horrors of war holds the viewer spellbound, the edge of seat attack on Fort Herkimer that closes the picture excites and frightens in equal measure, and a chase sequence that sees Gil pursued by three Mohawks is a thing of beauty as it begins under a blood red sky and continues through the changing landscape.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best of the best
best film of this period. delighted to have in my collection, casting superb ,wish I had been around in these times.
Published 22 days ago by derek patten
4.0 out of 5 stars Another old favourite of mine which fell a little short of what I...
There was a run of Westerns about settlers, Indians, troopers, ex-Civil War veterans and their problems and this is one of them. Read more
Published 25 days ago by kenneth e. allen.
5.0 out of 5 stars drums along the mohawk
entertainment with a historical background,events from the American war of independence,good actors and no computer
generated images but a dash of humor
Published 7 months ago by Peter Wallace
4.0 out of 5 stars Drums along the Mohawk
As a wargamer gaming the French - Indian wars, this film is a must, besides The last of the Mohicans.
Good buy!
Published 15 months ago by R.K.Kootstra
5.0 out of 5 stars "Drums Along The Mohawk (1939) ... Fonda/Colbert/Oliver ... John Ford...
20th Century Fox presents "DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK" (1939) ~ (104 min/Color) ~ Starring: Henry Fonda, Claudette Colbert, Edna May Oliver, Eddie Collins, John Carradine, Jessie... Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2011 by J. Lovins
5.0 out of 5 stars Drums Along the Mohawk
This film was purchased for my aunt who will be 80 next february, I watch it with her, the film was based on true fact, and as such was quite horrific. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2010 by M. Little
5.0 out of 5 stars like they used to make
this film took me back to my childhood when they had real stars on screen two of the screens great stars put together and boy did they pull it off realism of what the early... Read more
Published on 21 April 2010 by J. S. HAINES
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased
I had watched this film on TV and decided I wanted to view it without ad brecks. It is a very interesting film detailing the struggles of an early pioneer couple. Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2009 by J. M. Goodall
4.0 out of 5 stars An engrossing Revolutionary War story from John Ford, with many of his...
When Lana Martin (Claudette Colbert) arrives by wagon with her new husband, Gil (Henry Fonda), to Mohawk Valley and his homestead, she isn't prepared for what she sees. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2007 by C. O. DeRiemer
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