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Distant Drums (1951)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Western | 29 December 1951 (USA)
After destroying a Seminole fort, American soldiers and their rescued companions must face the dangerous Everglades and hostile Indians in order to reach safety.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Niven Busch (screenplay), Martin Rackin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Capt. Quincy Wyatt
Mari Aldon ... Judy Beckett
Richard Webb ... Lt. Richard Tufts
Ray Teal ... Pvt. Mohair
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Monk
Robert Barrat ... Gen. Zachary Taylor
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Storyline

Navy Lieutenant Tufts accompanies scout Quincy Wyatt into the Everglades to rout the Seminole Indians who are threatening the early settlers in Florida. When the command is forced to run, Wyatt and Seminole Chief Oscala square off in an exciting climax. Written by Buxx Banner <buxx572@aol.com>

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It's the Call to Adventure! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Western

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Official Sites:

Filmaffinity (Spanish)

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Teufelsbrigade See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Filming in the Everglades posed many dangers for the film unit. Gary Cooper sank to his waist in quicksand one day before he could be freed, and cameraman Sid Hickox, "swore that he almost set up on an alligator." According to the director, Cooper also complained that he had "donated a gallon of his best blood to the mosquitoes and leeches." See more »

Goofs

When Captain Quincy Wyatt interrogates a captive Seminole Indian by threatening him with a poisonous snake, you can clearly see that the Indian is safe because there is a protective piece if glass between him and the snake. The snake's reflection is quite visible. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Richard Tufts: [Referring to Judy] I take her to be a lady of quality.
Capt. Quincy Wyatt: Why? Because she has a servant?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are followed immediately by Lt. Richard Tufts (Richard Webb) writing in his LOG "I, Lieutenant Richard Tufts, United States Navy, do make this account of my perilous journey in the Territory of Florida in the year 1840." See more »

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Mighty adventure booms
2 May 2007 | by bygardSee all my reviews

Great looking locations and color photography with daredevil action reigns over this boy's own adventure, the style Warner Brothers has always been very good at. The characters are mostly left undeveloped, except Cooper's group leader Zachary. His past is well documented by his friend, played by Arthur Hunnicut in his usual relaxed manner, and it's mostly his destiny we are to care about. It's notable how larger than life Cooper appears to be even on television screen. His characterization, which is a combination of a western hero and Tarzan, doesn't offer very much range in acting but makes it interesting enough for this kind of adventure flick. Mari Aldon gets dragged through all the dangerous and beautiful scenery without having her make-up smeared and sometimes completely steals my attention from what is going on around her. Her role doesn't have much else to offer either. But I guess, by what I just said, her role work serves its purpose the way it was intended.

Almost everything you expect from a jungle adventure set in Florida is here including alligators, snakes and wild cardboard Indians. A great plus are the beautifully shot underwater scenes, short but crystal clear, crowned by a final duel under surface. This isn't one of the best movies from the director Raoul Walsh, but as a classic adventure and action for a more empty-headed moment it works truly well.


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