Drums along the Mohawk

Drums along the Mohawk

John Ford (1939)

A Certificate


Our Score
One of the most beautiful and distinguished achievements of early colour, this fine movie tends to be overlooked among the other highlights of Hollywood's annus mirabilis - in 1939, every studio seemed to be unveiling a movie classic a fortnight. This is effectively a pre-western, dealing with tribal raids among the early settlers during the American War of Independence. It also contains a rather disturbing anti-British bias, not for the first time from ace director John Ford, who was himself of Irish stock. Taken as a romantic action adventure, though, it rattles along. Claudette Colbert seems just a little too well groomed for the frontier, but Henry Fonda, as ever, is perfectly at home and a constant pleasure to watch.


Settlers find the dream of starting a new life in a remote valley threatened when the American War of Independence breaks out. They soon come under threat both from British forces and a Mohawk tribe angry at intruders in its territory. John Ford's historical drama, starring Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert.

Cast & Crew

Lana "Magdelana" Martin Claudette Colbert
Gilbert Martin Henry Fonda
Mrs Sarah McKlennar Edna May Oliver
Christian Reall Eddie Collins
Caldwell John Carradine
Mary Reall Dorris Bowdon
Mrs Weaver Jessie Ralph
Reverend Rosenkrantz Arthur Shields
John Weaver Robert Lowery
General Nicholas Herkimer Roger Imhof
Joe Boleo Francis Ford
Adam Helmer Ward Bond
Mrs DeMooth Kay Linaker
Dr Petry Russell Simpson
Landlord Spencer Charters
Jacob Small Si Jenks
Director John Ford
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: DVD