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Director: John Ford     Starring: Henry Fonda
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40709098
UPC: 024543172833
UPC 14: 00024543172833
Category Keywords: Adventure  Indians  War
Rating: NR
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Set during the revolutionary war, this film highlights fonda and colbert as newlyweds whose simple life in mohawk vally is savagely disrupted by indian raids.
Editor's Note
DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK is John Ford's first film in Technicolor (which recently perfected far richer shadings of color than had previously been possible), and the director uses it to stunning effect. The film stars Henry Fonda as Revolutionary War-era farmer Gilbert Martin, who, in 1776, has returned with his well-born wife, Lana (Claudette Colbert), to his rustic cabin in the increasingly dangerous Mohawk River valley. At first unaccustomed to the harsh physical challenges of frontier life, Lana adjusts to the work at hand and is soon able to help her husband in the fields. Shortly after they learn that the colonies are at war with the British, their farmhouse is attacked and burned to the ground by a party of Tory-led Indians. The feisty Widow McKlennar (Edna May Oliver) provides temporary shelter for the couple, but it's only a matter of time before the Indians launch a more brutal assault. Save for THE QUIET MAN, DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK contains the richest passages of pastoral imagery in Ford's entire canon, the visual beauty nearly upstaging the spectacular and terrifying Indian battles. The performances, particularly Oliver (who garnered an Oscar nomination) as the vinegary widow and the superbly stoic Fonda, enable Ford to again demonstrate the heroism and limitations of rugged individualism. The scenes of an Indian prisoner spread-eagled on a wagon and Gilbert's escape are repeated almost exactly in the 1982 dystopian classic THE ROAD WARRIOR.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/24/2005
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1939
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2227283
Video UPC UPC: 00024543172833
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Claudette Colbert
Video Cast Info Eddie Collins
Video Cast Info Edna May Oliver
Video Cast Info Henry Fonda
Video Cast Info Alfred Newman - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Bert Glennon - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Darryl F. Zanuck - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info John Ford - Director
Video Cast Info Lamar Trotti - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Ray Rennahan - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Robert L. Simpson - Editor
Video Cast Info Sonya Levien - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Walter D. Edmonds - Based On Novel By
Plot Summary
The simple life of two newlyweds in the Mohawk River Valley is savagely disrupted by Indian raids.


Oscar (1940)
   Video Award Name Edna May Oliver, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress
   Video Award Name Ray Rennahan and Bert Glennon, Nominee, Best Cinematography

Professional Reviews

At-A-Glance Film Reviews 9 of 10
John Ford's under-recognized drama about settlers Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert coping with the

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Fonda,Henry
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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