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Drums Along the Mohawk (The Ford at Fox Collection) (1939)

Henry Fonda , Claudette Colbert  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Henry Fonda, Claudette Colbert
  • Format: Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WMA6GY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,383 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Drums Along the Mohawk (The Ford at Fox Collection)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

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 so-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.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Movie but Four Star Commentary August 26, 2008
Format:DVD
I purchased this edition of the movie specifically because it included an audio commentary about the movie. This movie is one of John Ford's and Henry Fonda's best. Unfortunately I found the audio commentary to be inconsistent. It was at its' best when addressing movie history but lacking when both addressing the history of the times and when exploring the commentators' own views of history.

I will not address the movie itself because many of the commentators have already done so. I agree with those who think this is an amazing picture with John Ford, Henry Fonda, Claudette Colbert as well as the supporting cast at their best. I have seen this movie five times and will be watching it again.

This movie is based on a historical novel and takes place in the Mohawk Valley during the Revolutionary war. It is about Fonda and Colbert attempting to start a life for themselves while fighting with other patriots against Torys (loyalists) and Indians supporting the British.

When the commentary begins two commentators introduce themselves. Nick Redman announces he does not know much about this period of American History and asks Julie Kirgo to fill him in about America at the time. She does this throughout the movie.

One of the first things he asks is how far the characters would have traveled when they went from Albany to the Mohawk Valley. Ms. Kirgo states she is not sure and then guesses between 100 and 200 miles. Actually it is between 80 and 86 miles. Fonda and Colbert settle in Deerfield New York near the settlement of German Flatts in the Mohawk Valley.

Finding the distance from Albany, N.Y. to Deerfield or German Flatts in the Mohawk Valley is not hard.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is how you make a movie!!! June 27, 2011
By Einsatz
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An exceptional historical drama, this feature has it all: trials, tribulations, excitement, humor, sorrow, action, adventure. At all times absorbing, I was riveted from first to last. Fabulous characters, incredible actors, vibrant colors, well composed scenes (at times each shot looked like a painting, the lighting was dramatic and well thought out. No surprise, it earned an Oscar nomination for the cinematography...losing out to Gone With The Wind). The story moves along at a good clip, picking up considerably once Edna May Oliver, as the indomitable Mrs. McKlennar, came into the story (the movie's only other Oscar nomination). She can dominate a scene by just walking into a room and not saying a blessed thing. John Carradine is also on hand as the villain of the piece (he never really got his due as an actor). Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert make a great couple. Her best scene was the hysterical reaction to an intruder in their cabin. The way she screamed and fell in and out of the deep shadows made for a chilling moment. Altogether just a fantastically beautiful film, even the scenes of great destruction are lovely to behold (Henry Fonda's desperate race to save the fort, the enormous sunset at his back....perfection).
Loved it, definitely a keeper that I'll enjoy for many years to come. Glad I bought it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars review of Drums along the Mowhawk June 21, 2013
By NSM
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the restored version really was better than the original. It would even be better if a
blu ray edition would come out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SPLENDID HISTORICAL DRAMA WITH THAT FORDIAN TOUCH January 18, 2010
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Splendid film about the trials and tribulations of the early settlers of the New York Mohawk Valley during the American Revolution. Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert play a newlywed couple who settle there. Fonda was raised there but assimilation is a bit difficult for his prim and proper spouse who came from a big town. The days are challenging with the couple and their neighbors having to work the land, produce food, and raise their families under the constant threat of the native Mohawks who side with, and are subsidized by, the British. Their only protection is provided by territorial Forts that are few and far between. Fonda and Colbert are engaging but they play second fiddle to John Ford's wonderful array of supporting characters---carefully selected and deftly used as only John Ford can to provide authenticity and atmosphere to this fine historical drama. Among the supports Edna May Oliver is most memorable---a riot as the audacious say-what-you-mean widow who employs the couple after the Indians burn down their house. She was nominated for an Oscar, and deservedly so, taking over the middle-third of the film. Her persona was spoofed by Warner Brothers in some of their 1940s cartoons which many of us grew up with. Ward Bond is as charismatic as ever. His continual banter with the widow is endearing and the scene where he cradles the dying woman who turns to him and says "good-bye good looking" is utterly poignant. Russell Simpson, who played Pa Joad in THE GRAPES OF WRATH [1940], has a brief but noteworthy role as the gruff, miserable and terse Doc. Arthur Shields is the bible-spouting preacher who has to pick up a rifle, too. Eddie Collins is the bumbling caricatural town cryer. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life During the Revolution July 26, 2014
Format:DVD
Drums along the Mohawk, 1939 film

It begins in 1776 with a wedding in Albany NY for Gil and Magdelana. [Was a wedding dress in style then? Men don’t buy clothes to wear only once.] There is a two-wheel covered wagon for transportation. “Every generation must make its own way.” The innkeeper notes their condition. [A white tablecloth?] A stranger asks them about politics. “Tories and Indians”? Their journey continues. [That brown grass suggests California, not New York - the wettest state of the 48.] An Indian walks in, Lana becomes hysterical. Blueback brought half a deer to Gil. “Fine friend, good Christian.” [Surely Lana saw an Indian before?] Is she a frontier woman? Blueback has a suggestion for Lana’s deportment. [Is this still funny? Or true?] There is a fort on German Flats. People lived in isolation, not in villages [as in traditional English life].

The Militia assemble for roll call. The General warns them the war is coming. The Regular Army can’t help them, they will be summoned by a bell or cannon shot. Neighbors gather to clear the land of trees. [They also dug out the land to remove shale rock and use it for foundations or fences.] A cannon shot sounds! People flee to the fort for common protection. “Don’t look back.” Their new home is set afire. They are followed by Indians, shots are fired. Some take refuge in a stone building. [Are those barrels of gunpowder?] The men march out to the sound of a drum beat. [Effective tactics?] Lana survives. They have a chance to work as hired help fro a while. [A change in status or class.] Gil will work the land, Lana will sew. Daisy cooks. There is a prayer meeting in church. All males 16 to 60 must join the militia to repel an invasion. General Washington will send Regulars.
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