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Drum Beat 1954
Description: President Grant orders Indian warrior MacKay to negotiate with the Modocs of northern California and southern Oregon. On the method he gotta escort Nancy Meek to the home of her aunt and uncle. After Modoc renegade Captain Jack engages in ambush and another atrocities, MacKay gotta war him one-on-one with guns, knives and fists.
Released: 08 Apr 1955 Director: Delmer Daves Writers: Delmer Daves (screenplay), Delmer Daves (story) Actors: Alan Ladd, Audrey Dalton, Marisa Pavan, Robert Keith Genres: Adventure, Western
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One of Alan Ladd's better post Paramount movies was Drum Beat, based on a tiny known incident from the Indian wars.For the first time an American general was killed during the fights vs the Indian tribes. The tiny known Modoc fight was other of those lesser known conflicts as action vs the Sioux on the Nice Plains and the Apache in the Arizona desert got far more attention. The Modocs were moved from a reservation in northern California to one in Oregon to share with the Klamath, a tribe that had a long feuding history with the Modoc. That was the instant cause of the war. It was kept going by one of the Modoc's more charismatic leaders, a chief called Captain Jack.On April 11, 1873, General E.R.S. Canby among another peace commissioners who were sitting in council with Captain Jack and the another chiefs were suddenly shot and killed, in fact Captain Jack personally did shoot General Canby. Charles Bronson in his very first movie with that name having dropped his true birth last name of Buckinsky plays Captain Jack. Warner Anderson plays the feckless and luckless Canby. The horror of that incident aroused some terrible public opinion vs the Modocs, not to dissimilar vs to what was aroused vs the Japanese after Pearl Harbor and Islamist extremists after the Globe Trade Center attack albeit on a much smaller scale. It certainly shifted priorities for a while in the Fight Department from the Sioux and the Apache.Alan Ladd plays a true frontier figure called Johnny MacKay who as the movie has him was a civilian scout employed by the units to search Captain Jack. His role in true life was not at the center scene of the film, but he did enjoy a part in the Modoc Wars. And he was not among the surviving peace commissioners he wasn't at the meeting when the assassinations happened.For all its inaccuracies Drum Beat is the only movie I know to deal with this incident that shocked a nation during The Gilded Age.


Delmer Daves' initial success came with the influential 'Broken Arrow,' which was a pretty and humane film... Daves made other movie about Indians, 'Drum Beat', which he recognizes to be the most authentic of his movies...The hallmark of Daves' Westerns is their authenticity... Where Ford pictured the West as it could have been, Daves has tried to recapture the West as it was...The movie provides Bronson with his true break-through role as a screen actor... He makes indelible impression on audiences in his vivid role as the renegade Indian massive Captain Jack who repudiates peace talk... Captain Jack is proud, ruthless and treacherous, scaring everybody plenty... The setting for this fact-based storyline is Oregon represented by zone shooting in Northern Arizona's Coconino National Forest in 1872...Indian expert Johnny MacKay (Alan Ladd) is presidentially appointed as Peace Commissioner, assigned to result a treaty, without resort to arms, with the Modoc Indians of the Oregon-California border...The Modoc majority leans toward the hoped-for peace, but a renegade band strongly resists, under the self-appointed leadership of the vicious Captain Jack (Bronson), whose boys ravage the zone and skirmish with the troops of Fort Klamath...In the film's exciting climax, MacKay personally tracks down Jack and war him in fierce hand-to-hand combat into the sweeping actual of a river...The sweet Audrey Dalton portrays the lovely eastern woman who loves Johnny 'more than any peace on earth.'Marisa Pavan is the friendly Toby who dares to trust that she can bring peace and goodwill to her people...Hayden Rorke is President Grant who knows in his heart that 'peace doesn't come cheaply.'Anthony Caruso is the friendly Modoc chief who never believe Captain Jack...Elisha Cook, Jr. is the unscrupulous trader who sells Winchesters to the Modoc Indians...Rodolfo Acosta is Scarface Charlie who warns Captain Jack: 'You kill, or they slay you.'Robert Keith is Bill the coachman, who yells after the murder of his woman, Lily: 'You dish out your peace, Johnny. I'll dish out my end.'"Drum Beat" is a lively item, thanks to Delmer Daves, who keeps the familiar storyline line moving at a fair clip... The material is trite but the production value gives it gloss, and the movie benefits greatly from its applied research on Indian character...


This western is one of Alan Ladd's greatest movies and he is the peace commissioner turned Indian warrior who finally brings peace in the far west. The movie is based on factual happenings as Modoc boss Captain Jack ignores repeated overtures for peace and leaves the cavalry no choice but to resort to arms to stop the killing and outrages. Ladd and Charles Bronson, the Indian leader, create fine adversaries and the film has lots of action and pretty scenery. A nice cast of western favorites are in the movie and Ladd even has a moment or two to clinch with with cute Audrey Dalton. Marisa Pavan is an Indian maiden who also has a yen for Ladd. Delmer Daves directed this film, which is other in a succession of perfect Daves westerns. Victor Young's fine melody accompanies the film.



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