Review: ‘Drums Along the Mohawk’

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.

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.

1939: Nomination: Best Supp. Actress (Edna May Oliver)

Drums Along the Mohawk

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director John Ford; Producer Darryl Zanuck; Screenplay Lamar Trotti, Sonya Levien; Camera Bert Glennon, Ray Rennahan; Editor Robert Simpson; Music Alfred Newman; Art Director Richard Day, Mark-Lee Kirk

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1939. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Claudette Colbert Henry Fonda Edna May Oliver Arthur Shields Ward Bond John Carradine
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