Drums Along the Mohawk

directed by John Ford
List(s):"Movie Two"
Category: "War"
Year of Release:1939
Date Added:02/04/2015
Date Watched:10/11/2021
Description:Gil (Henry Fonda) and Lana (Claudette Colbert) get married at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. They move to a cabin along the Mohawk River, but Indians soon burn it. They go to work for the Widow McKlennar (Edna May Oliver), and she leaves them the farm when she dies. Gil goes off to fight in the Battle of Oriskany. Lana has a baby. Later, he runs for help when the local fort is besieged, bringing the relief troops just as the Indians and Tories overrun the fort.
My Rating:6

Reviews for Drums Along the Mohawk

Review - Drums Along the Mohawk

The movie doesn't really have much of a point. The widow steals all the scenes she's in. Colbert plays her character as a panicked, screaming fainter. Fonda is his usual wooden self. I cracked up during some of the scenes of marauding Indians—if instead of watching the whole scene, I concentrated on one of the extras, it's obvious they didn't have their actions very well thought out in advance. They danced around and brandished their weapons, but didn't really hit or do anything. One guy actually began using his rifle as a broom.
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