The flight in the swamp echoes back to two Errol Flynn movies, the pirate saga and Raoul Walsh directed Burma, so was no stranger to the problem. This exciting Western packs thrills , noisy action , spectacular struggles and lots of gutsy adventure. Brawling , sprawling , almost primitive action, teeming across the screen. T elevision shows, shorts, cameos and many of his silent movies were not included in the page. Gorgeous Mari Aldon as a ballerina from Savannah who bears a dark past , she does an enjoyable and prominent debut though didn't have a notorious career. Her role doesn't have much else to offer either. Olive Films' Blu-ray of Distant Drums is a simply gorgeous encoding of this 3-Strip jungle battle adventure.
This interesting Western and action film makes it of the finest of Raoul Walsh genre entries. The plot -although kind of standard a bunch of soldiers chased by savage Indians through the swamps- is however very well handled by director Roul Walsh and he keeps action going all along without major bumps. Viewers expecting a Western will find themselves in a pre-Civil War America story uncluttered with historical facts -- the Seminoles are enemies plain and simple, a menace that must be eliminated. 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. Those movies were The Plainsman 1936 , North West Mounted Police 1940 , The Story of Doctor Wassell 1944 and Unconquered 1947. I can't believe by the way that a director like Raoul Walsh had the army and the Seminoles fighting with repeating rifles and six shooter revolving pistols. The film was shot on actual location in the Everglades, I think Gary Cooper must have gotten some taste of what Bogey and Hepburn were enduring doing The African Queen.
A particularly attractive Sperling show is 1951's Distant Drums, a Gary Cooper action vehicle in glorious Technicolor. In 1929, he became a major star with his first sound picture, The Virginian. Want to know the best Gary Cooper movies? He lost his Indian wife in an unfortunate past event that would now be called a Hate Crime. But when deadly Seminole braves block the escape route, Quincy and Tufts flee with their troops and some rescued prisoners directly into the dreaded Okefenokee Swamp. Previously we all thought we were doing well if we got a Top 30 or even a Top 20 but in future people could be looking for massively expanded lists with possibly only Dan able to satisfy needs! More than one close-up might have been filmed in front of a painted forest backdrop, but I can barely tell the difference. When the titles popped on I thought I was watching The Wizard of Oz.
Each bullet and firing charge had to be carefully packed into a pistol's cylinder. When a police raid nets Judge Geary, a member of the board of directors of Corbett's bank, Corbett's fast talking gets his superior out of trouble. Prominent among the supporting players is Robert Barrat as General Zachary Taylor. This is unfortunate as this was not only America's longest, but its bloodiest Indian war as well. A great plus are the beautifully shot underwater scenes, short but crystal clear, crowned by a final duel under surface. Walsh and ace cameraman Sid Hickox must have worked out some clever shortcuts to get the most from each camera position.
Gary Cooper Wyatt is very good as the leader of the escaping troop and shows the presence and self confidence a leader should. Other films relating to this conflict include Seminole, and Naked in the Sun. Despite being separated from between 1951 and 1954, she was with Cooper when he passed away in 1961. So a war there was inevitable, especially when southern presidents like Andrew Jackson were in the White House. Actor Arthur Hunnicutt was just one film away from a promotion to major supporting player status, in Howard Hawks' The Big Sky and Nicholas Ray's The Lusty Men. No; Subtitles: None Packaging: Keep case Reviewed: September 8, 2014 Footnote: 1. The small band of American soldiers and their rescued companions Mari Aldon among others tries to stop and must face the dangerous Everglades and hostile Indians in order to reach safety and battle against risks.
His shows 118 acting credits from 1923-1961. Their rivalry soon evolves into camaraderie as they do aerial battle with the Germans in the skies over France. Thrilling as well as emotive musical score by the classic Alfred Newman. Meanwhile Mary has joined the Women's Motor Corp and despairs that Jack doesn't notice her. Gary Cooper talked DeMille out of firing the actor. The music certainly keeps us anticipating more action, all through the movie. His neighbor Mary is in love with him but he seems not to notice, having been smitten by the fair Sylvia, but he can't see that Sylvia has eyes only for David.
. It's notable how larger than life Cooper appears to be even on television screen. Flynn took the role seriously, and was rarely doubled during the boxing sequences. The sequence at the Seminole village is most impressive and tense as it is the final underwater knife duel between Captain Wyatt and chief Okala. Distant Drums is a well-directed Army vs. He collapsed on set on 15 July 1942, while filming a boxing scene with Ward Bond. The men appear to carry muzzle loaders, but Coop seems to have acquired a Colt repeating six-gun from twenty or twenty-five years in the future.
For the early years of the republic, Florida under Spanish rule and loose rule at that, was a thorn in our side. Max Steiner's wall-to-wall music score intersperses his old-fashioned Indian themes with measures of martial music from the Navy and Army. 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. Zach Taylor had a reputation for informality, but that was carrying it a bit too far. It looks as if the cost of Technicolor and Gary Cooper indicated the hiring of cheaper supporting actors. Rating : Fairly straightforward movie and above average.
Cooper is decked out in an unusual backwoods costume, one probably tweaked by the color consultants to take advantage of Technicolor. I could go on and on. From 1923 to 1929, Cooper appeared in over 40 movies. The distant drums of war beckon, and Jack and David train to be pilots in the American Expeditionary Corp. At the height of the Seminole wars, Wyatt leads a small group of soldiers into the Everglades to offer resistance. There was some doubt the film would even be made if Flynn enlisted in the army but they rejected his application on the grounds of ill-health. He followed The Virginian with the blockbuster hit Morocco 1931 , co-starring Marlene Dietrich in her first American film.
I had to draw down the shutters there as I could have gone on indefinitely. Less stills more posters this time and there was a lot of them, I had to leave some out. The indigenous tribes to Florida, the Seminoles did offer refuge for runaway slaves. Tufts is taken into the wilderness, his guide Monk Arthur Hunnicutt builds up the mystery of Wyatt with dialogue that sounds like descriptions of Col. The movie was based upon Corbett's autobiography, The Roar of the Crowd, and directed by.