. Mari Aldon gets dragged through all the dangerous and beautiful scenery without having her make-up smeared and sometimes completely steals my attention from what is going on around her. Too bad the story didn't rate the same as The African Queen. The actual location of the fort in the film was the historic in , where most of the filming took place. The main thrust of the plot involves an isoated fort which has been captured by the Seminoles and which the tribe is using to store weapons they've stolen from the American forces.
This exciting Western packs thrills , noisy action , spectacular struggles and lots of gutsy adventure. In the meantime, gun runners are also trying to get access to the armory, and Wyatt is tasked with recapturing the fort and securing the cache of weapons. He must accompany captain Quincy Wyatt Gary Cooper along with a scout named Monk Arthur Hunnicutt with his usual raccoon skin hat into the Everglades to rout the Seminole Indians who are threatening the early settlers in Florida. Reviewed by , September 22, 2014 Somewhere out there in the vast halls of academia perhaps there's a doctoral thesis in sociology exploring the kind of weird concatenation between the apparently complacent 1950s and the rise in popularity of the western, both in film and especially on the then nascent medium of television. When the command is forced to run, Wyatt and Seminole Chief Oscala square off in an exciting climax.
The fact that Wyatt is a mysterious hermit who lives in the wild surrounded by friendly natives in this case, the Creek may remind some of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and, of course, , but despite these tangential referents, Distant Drums really has no grand cinematic or literary ambitions, and instead concentrates more on a desperate squad's attempts to get to safety in the wilds of the Everglades. Cooper is appropriately stolid and resolute as the hero, though he gets to show a more vulnerable side with the scenes involving his adorable little boy. Unfortunately, the Seminole are on the warpath, requiring Wyatt, Tufts, Judy and several others to hightail it into the Everglades, where a number of deadly scenarios await. Grain is naturally resolved and consistent, and close-ups offer some commendable fine detail in things like weaves in costumes. Anyway Barrat gives Cooper a mission and a Navy lieutenant played by Richard Webb to carry it out. Wyatt as they flee the Natives into the. A large chunk of the plot surrounds Cuban gun runners supporting the Warriors.
Could Werner Herzog have seen Distant Drums in his youth and somehow subliminally filed away one iconic idea that would later inform? Good secondary cast with familiar hearted features as Richard Webb, Robert Barrat , Arthur Hunnicutt , Ray Teal and uncredited Darren McGavin as Navy Lt. Cooper is fine as the isolated would be family man who is called into action, and the Florida setting provides a lot of dash and color to the proceedings. Other comments note the great underwater battle scene, but I am spellbound by the cypress swamp and saw-grass settings as well. A lot of Distant Drums is unabashedly hokey, but it's solid, entertaining fare just about all of the way. Then I saw it as an adult and though it was not the great film I remembered it was still very good as an action and adventure sort of western.
The elements utilized for this transfer are in generally quite good condition, with only typical age related wear and tear in evidence. Thats about as close as it comes to the history books, but it is still an exciting action film with an O. 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. It's notable how larger than life Cooper appears to be even on television screen. 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.
Raoul Walsh demonstrates a special talent for making the densest action sequences seem uncomplicated and uncluttered and his characters , like the scenes distinguished , often have an unfettered , raw power. Her role doesn't have much else to offer either. Distant Drums doesn't radically reinvent the genre, despite its somewhat exotic setting. Brightly shot in Technicolor and bearing an opening shot of fanciful looking Native Americans or Indians, as of course they were referred to in the 1950s with extremely colorful face paint, Distant Drums might at first glance appear to the very model of a midcentury western. For the early years of the republic, Florida under Spanish rule and loose rule at that, was a thorn in our side. Back at his home, Wyatt is distraught to find that his son is gone.
He has an underwater fight to the death with Seminole chief Ocala, then is relieved to learn that his boy is safe. One of them, Judy Beckett, develops a romantic attraction to Capt. Overall, film critics prefer the movie, giving it an average score of 80%, compared to cinema-goers, who gave it a lower average score of 56%. The motion picture produced by Milton Sperling is well directed by Raoul Walsh. There are not very many films depicting the 2nd Seminole War of 1835-1842, in Florida. There's an implication here that Wyatt has forsaken his Caucasian roots in favor of a native lifestyle, a concept that is borne out when the details behind the demise of his wife are made clear as the film progresses. Perhaps the less impressive performance is that of Richard Webb kind of dull as a navy officer involved in the mission.
After destroying a Seminole fort , people is rescued from Redskin captivity , then the command is forced to get away. Other films relating to this conflict include Seminole, and Naked in the Sun. The characters are mostly left undeveloped, except Cooper's group leader Zachary. The picture was photographed by Sidney Hickox in the heart of the Florida everglades , at Silver Sprags and at Castillo of San Marcos in the Southeastern nation , monuments through the courtesy of the United States Department of Interior National Park Service. Brawling , sprawling , almost primitive action, teeming across the screen.
Director: Writers: , Starring: , , , , , Producer: » Distant Drums Blu-ray Review Call of the wild. At the height of the Seminole wars, Wyatt leads a small group of soldiers into the Everglades to offer resistance. Online reviewers have written 7 reviews, giving Distant Drums 1951 an average rating of 53%. This film was probably a slight cut above many of the routine programmers that were being churned out during this period, and it remains an interesting curio that offers some exciting locations and a couple of well done set pieces in an overall fairly trite presentation. Along the way he and Tufts ultimately help a woman named Judy Mari Alton , a woman who seems torn between the two men, although the fact that Tufts has already disclosed he's happily married with a young son of his own back home would seem to fairly clearly point the way forward for which romantic pairing is ultimately going to win out.
Tufts is also tasked with getting a boat inland for the expedition's use, and as odd as it may sound, a very Fitzcarraldo-esque montage ensues with scenes of workers hoisting the ship over land. But it was also a refuge for runaway slaves. The threat of the Cold War getting very warm via the hydrogen bomb perhaps made American audiences yearn for a world where any threat of disorder was usually met with a guy in a white hat galloping in with guns blazing. However, I think my little knowledge about the Seminole wars in Florida give me the possibility of judging the film just at what it is: an adventure film. 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.