Distant Drums

Distant Drums

Raoul Walsh (1951)

U Certificate


Our Score
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. Mind you, the generous use of the lushly photographed Everglades locations is a plus.


An army officer mounts a daring raid through the treacherous Florida swamplands. His mission is to take on a group of marauding Seminole rebels, as well as the gun runners who have been supplying them with weapons, and rescue a group of settlers who have been taken hostage by the tribe. Western, starring Gary Cooper, Mari Aldon, Richard Webb, Ray Teal and Arthur Hunnicutt.

Cast & Crew

Capt Quincy Wyatt Gary Cooper
Judy Beckett Mari Aldon
Lt Richard Tufts Richard Webb
Pte Mohair Ray Teal
Monk Arthur Hunnicutt
Gen Zachary Taylor Robert Barrat
Pte Jeremiah Hiff Mel Archer
Pte James Tasher Gregg Barton
Director Raoul Walsh
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner Bros Pictures Ltd