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Distant Drums (1951)





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Set during the mid-19th century, an Army captain (Gary Cooper) is assigned to lead a strike force against a gun-smuggling gang, which has capitalized on the 1840 Seminole Indian War. Instead of capturing the crooks, the division gets caught up in the war.


Gary Cooper
as Capt. Quincy Wyatt
Ray Teal
as Pvt. Mohair
Robert H. Barrat
as Gen. Zachary Taylor
Clancy Cooper
as Sgt. Shane
Larry Carper
as Chief Oscala
Dan White
as Cpl. Peachtree
Mel Archer
as Pvt. Jeremiah Hiff
Lee Roberts
as Pvt. Tibbett
Gregg Barton
as Pvt. James Tasher
Sheb Wooley
as Pvt. Jessup
Warren MacGregor
as Pvt. Sullivan
Carl Harbaugh
as M. Duprez
Beverly Brandon
as Mme. Duprez
Sidney Capo
as Indian Boy
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Critic Reviews for Distant Drums

All Critics (3)

Might not be top notch Walsh but is still enjoyable.

August 21, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Though not one of director Raoul Walsh's or star Gary Cooper's best actioners, the movie has some good moments due to visual style and on-location shooting.

April 30, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Dubious war film, mixed with interesting jungle adventure from director Raoul Walsh.

July 17, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Distant Drums

The Coop battles bad Native Americans (the Seminoles) who're patriotically fighting for their land, their culture, their very survival against the usual murderous invaders ... oh well. Anyway, the action happens in that American jungle called the Everglades (second only to the Grand Canyon insofar as National Parks go if you ask me) which Coop's buddy (Arthur Hunnicutt in the role he practically patented in a half a dozen flickers, the second banana/friend gone nearly native) keeps warning us "nobody gets outta that alive". On the way we pick up a comely redneck gal so Coop gets some romancing in as any break in the action dictates. Typical stuff, though location shooting enlivens the piece.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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