Distant Drums

  • U
  • Raoul Walsh (1951)
  • US
  • 99 min
Distant Drums
Film Review
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2 out of 5

This Warner Bros adventure comes from Gary Cooper's fallow pre-High Noon period. It can't technically be termed a western as it's set in Florida, but deals with a familiar theme, as Seminole Indians go on the warpath against an expeditionary force in 1840. The supporting cast, led by Mari Aldon (whose make-up and costume are totally unaffected by the rigours of the plot) is way below par, and the whole thing is held together by the sheer star power of Cooper. If it all seems a little familiar, that's because director Raoul Walsh has reworked his own Second World War drama Objective, Burma!, with the native Americans standing in for the Japanese.

Plot Summary

Period adventure starring Gary Cooper as Captain Quincy Wyatt, who leads a daring raid through the treacherous Florida swamplands to quell a Seminole Indian uprising.

Cast and crew


Captain Quincy Wyatt
Gary Cooper
Judy Beckett
Mari Aldon
Richard Tufts
Richard Webb
Private Mohair
Ray Teal
Arthur Hunnicutt
General Zachary Taylor
Robert Barrat
Sergeant Shane
Clancy Cooper


Raoul Walsh

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros Pictures Ltd