A Thunder of Drums

A Thunder of Drums

Joseph M Newman (1961)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This well-made western is inspired by the same source material as John Ford's great cavalry trilogy, the short stories of Saturday Evening Post writer James Warner Bellah. It stars Richard Boone, fresh from his TV series Have Gun Will Travel, as a growling fort commander and the dashing George Hamilton as a conscience-stricken lieutenant, while Richard Chamberlain - whose popularity was about to soar thanks to starring as TV's Dr Kildare - features some way down the cast list. Also on parade are Charles Bronson, Slim Pickens and that maestro of the twangy guitar, Duane Eddy. The Big Circus director Joseph M Newman is clever enough to know how to get the most out of this familiar stuff.


Soldiers stationed at a border post are besieged by angry Apache tribes during the dangerous Frontier days, leaving them facing a desperate battle for survival. Western, starring Richard Boone, George Hamilton, Arthur O'Connell and Luana Patten.

Cast & Crew

Capt Stephen Maddocks Richard Boone
Lt Curtis McQuade George Hamilton
Sgt Rodermill Arthur O'Connell
Tracey Hamilton Luana Patten
Trooper Hanna Charles Bronson
Lt Porter Richard Chamberlain
Trooper Eddy Duane Eddy
Trooper Denton Clem Harvey
Trooper Erschick Slim Pickens
Camden Yates Carole Wells
Laurie Tammy Marihugh
Lt Gresham James Douglas
Director Joseph M Newman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer