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Drums Along the Mohawk

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Lawless frontier. Indian attacks. Settlers protecting themselves the only way they know how - with guns and courage. In the years before the Revolutionary War, the East was as wild as the West would be one hundred years later. Henry Fonda delivers one of his most memorable performances ever as a young frontier leader protecting his family in the backwoods of New York state. Claudette Colbert co-stars as his spirited wife. With a fine supporting cast that also includes Edna May Oliver and John Carradine, this is one of John Ford's most exciting historical dramas.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 205817833
UPC 024543482765
UPC 14 00024543482765
Format DVD
Release Date 12/4/2007
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
Alfred Newman - Original Music By
Bert Glennon - Cinematographer
Claudette Colbert - Actor
Darryl F. Zanuck - Executive Producer
Eddie Collins - Actor
Edna May Oliver - Actor
Henry Fonda - Actor
John Ford - Director
Lamar Trotti - Screenplay
Ray Rennahan - Cinematographer
Robert L. Simpson - Editor
Sonya Levien - Screenplay
Walter D. Edmonds - Based On Novel By
Nominee (1940) Oscar, Edna May Oliver, Best Actress in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Ray Rennahan, Bert Glennon, Best Cinematography, Color
ReviewSource Variety
Review Having great sweep and colorful backgrounding, with the photography unusually good, the picture is an outdoor spectacle which highly pleases the eye even if the story [from the novel by Walter D. Edmonds], on occasion, gets a bit slow and some incidents fail to excite...While the backgrounding is beautiful, as photoged by Bert Glennon, it doesn't always look like the Mohawk Valley (upstate New York) region with wheat fields, evergreens, big birches, etc. as atmosphere...The story deals with farming pioneers of the Mohawk Valley sector at the time of the Revolutionary war, with Indian terror and English intrigue, plus hardship, testing the stamina of the colonists. Romance of Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert, who have married and are forging ahead to new frontiers, has pull.
ReviewRating 8
Review Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert star in this outdoor adventure taking place during the American Colonial period, playing a young married couple who try to make a home in New York's Mohawk Valley and end up having to brave bands of marauding Indians and John Carradine with a black eye patch as they struggle to form a nuclear family in a burgeoning frontier community (in upstate New York). As usual, Ford, the supreme purveyor of pictorial grandeur in American film, manages to place his camera in the most effective locations...The colors are rich and pop out at you like paintings in a museum, from Fonda's blue eyes, the lush green and blue outdoor landscapes, the evocative colors of the changing seasons, rustic brown interiors, and the bright orange-yellows of flame and fire. The most interesting shot is a scene in a dark, heavy downpour, the rain falling like silver nitrate bullets, anticipating the climax of Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven by a good 50 plus years.
Reviewer Paul Brenner
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Spanish, Subtitled, Sensormatic, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
At-A-Glance Film Reviews The audience quickly warms to the characters of this involving motion picture. Filmed in lush, vibrant color.
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid ...Ford's first film in color and contains at least a handful of his most beautifully composed moments.
Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress Beautifully photographed historical drama from John Ford.
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