Drum Beat (1954) 1080p

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Adventure | Western
Frame Rate:
23.976 fps
English 2.0  
Run Time:
111 min
IMDB Rating:
6.4 / 10 
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Directors: Delmer Daves [Director] ,

Movie Description:
President Grant orders Indian fighter MacKay to negotiate peace with the Modocs of northern California and southern Oregon. On the way he must escort Nancy Meek to the home of her aunt and uncle. After Modoc renegade Captain Jack's group engages in ambush and other atrocities, MacKay eventually ends up tracking Captain Jack down and fighting him one-on-one to apprehend him.


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The film has amazing sun soaked settings throughout but as a whole, the film is biased n showed the Natives in poor light.

I saw this for the first time recently n only cos of Alan Ladd.Been generous with a 6 cos of Ladd, Bronson n some great, sun soaked settings.Apart from the above mentioned qualities, this is an average western.I can't comment on the historical context as i am not aware.But most movies showed the poor red Indians as savage which is unfair cos i believe one man's hero is another man's villain.

Coming back to this film, it did show the native Indians in a bad light. Alan Ladd's character describing how his family got butchered.The Natives planning for a double standards during a peace powwow.The Natives shooting unarmed civilians.

The plot - A veteran Indian fighter Johnny MacKay (Alan Ladd) is appointed peace commissioner by the President to end the hostilities between settlers, soldiers and Modoc renegades. Johnny is helped by the children of an old Modoc chief who tells Johnny that it is a chief called Captain Jack (Charles Bronson) and his band of brutal renegades are opposing the peace negotiations while most of the other Modocs wish to coexist n live in peace.

great action lousy location

The stronghold was actually in the lava beds of northern california, now a monument ... this indian war got strung out mostly because army resupply came over the mountains from medford by mule to the klamath valley ... the modocs were successful by inhibiting the resupply ... there is a book called the modoc wars that explains all

Scenic Western with forced look

A fairly scenic Western which boasts that it is based on true events, and announces in the beginning that it does take literary license to make it more entertaining, so there's no beef about that.

Ladd plays Indian fighter Johnny, who has a hate-like-hate relationship with Captain Jack, played by Charles Bronson, and is on a first name basis with the leading thugs that accompany Captain Jack.

Captain Jack is a Modoc Native American, but he is not a real captain. He steals medals from officers he kills. The real leaders of the Modoc don't trust him, and think little of him. Same for his main cohorts.

He makes a name for himself in villainy, and President Grant tries to quell his killing peacefully. He sees the importance of keeping peace with the good Modoc people who would make good neighbors.

As with any Delmer Daves directed movie, we know his high handed American Nazi ideology will prevail, and he will force the issue to kill at least one beautiful brunette woman. One must wonder if Daves was once jilted and humiliated by a brown eyed brunette, in order to make him continually do this.

It is just one of the "forced" looking events that take place in this movie. More "forced" is the direction, in which Daves seems to want to display certain lines and characteristics in very unnatural looking sequences of events. It looks like Daves had in mind to make sure certain lines were spoken, and certain images taken. It almost looks like a movie made by a story book artist.

Daves is a bit more subdued in this movie than in most movies, however, and it probably is the best of his works, which isn't saying much.
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