Drum Beat

Drum Beat

Director: Delmer Daves, Alan Ladd, Audrey Dalton, Marisa Pavan

Cast: Delmer Daves, Alan Ladd, Audrey Dalton, Marisa Pavan

     
 
Though heavily advertised as Delmar Daves' Drum Beat, this film owed its existence to producer-star Alan Ladd. The star is cast as a veteran Indian fighter Johnny MacKay, who because of his close relationship with the Medoc tribe is sent out to negotiate a peace treaty. Once he has arrived in Medoc territory, Johnny (Ladd) must contend with the misspent

Overview

Though heavily advertised as Delmar Daves' Drum Beat, this film owed its existence to producer-star Alan Ladd. The star is cast as a veteran Indian fighter Johnny MacKay, who because of his close relationship with the Medoc tribe is sent out to negotiate a peace treaty. Once he has arrived in Medoc territory, Johnny (Ladd) must contend with the misspent emotions of his childhood sweetheart Toby (Marisa Pavan), the sister of Indian chief Manok (Anthony Caruso). Jealous over Johnny's relationship with pretty Nancy Meek (Audrey Dalton), Toby has cast her lot with renegade warrior Captain Jack (Charles Bronson), who honors no treaties. Though the film has a Native American villain, Drum Beat is largely sympathetic to the plight of the Indian. Based on a true story, the film is distinguished by J. Peverell Marley's breathtaking exterior photography, and by Victor Young's ballad-like musical score.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2014
UPC:
0888574012274
Original Release:
1954
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:51:00
Sales rank:
11,904

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Ladd Johnny MacKay
Audrey Dalton Nancy Meek
Marisa Pavan Toby
Robert Keith Bill Satterwhite
Rodopho (Rudy) Acosta Scarface Charlie
Charles Buchinsky Capt. Jack
Warner Anderson Gen. Canby
Elisha Cook Crackel
Anthony Caruso Manok
Richard Gaines Dr. Thomas
Edgar Stehli Jesse Grant
Hayden Rorke Ulysses S. Grant
Perry Lopez Bogus Charlie
Willis B. Bouchey Gen. Gilliam
Peter Hansen Lt. Goodsall
Isabel Jewell Lily White
Frank Ferguson Mr. Dyar
Peggy Converse Mrs. Grant
Paul Wexler William Brody
Frank de Kova Modoc Jim
Pat Lawless O'Brien
George Lewis Capt. Alonzo Clark
Strother Martin Scotty
Richard H. Cutting Col. Meek

Technical Credits
Delmer Daves Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Ben Corbett Consultant/advisor
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Clarence Kolster Editor
William L. Kuehl Set Decoration/Design
Leo K. Kuter Art Director
Alan Ladd Producer
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
George Ross Consultant/advisor
Victor Young Score Composer

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