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Drums Along the Mohawk Details

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John Ford directed this outdoor adventure set in the American Colonial period. Gilbert and Lana Martin (Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert) are a young couple trying to make a home in New York State's Mohawk Valley, but repeated attacks by Indians drive them, along with other settlers in the valley, into a nearby fort, where they watch helplessly as the natives lay waste to their farms and cabins. A spinster with a large farm, Sarah McKlennar (Edna May Oliver), comes to their rescue when she hires Gilbert to work as a field hand and gives the Martins a place to stay. The rugged life of the farm and frontier doesn't always sit well with Lana, who was raised in wealthy and comfortable circumstances; in time she develops a thicker skin and learns to love their new life in the Mohawk Valley, especially after giving birth to their first son. Gilbert joins the militia, who must do battle both with the local Indian tribes and the British soldiers who are provoking them to battle. Gilbert returns wounded, and as he recuperates, a healthy crop rises in the fields, but their satisfaction is short lived when the Indians once again hit the warpath. 1939 was a stellar year for John Ford; along with this highly successful adventure tale, which was nominated for three Academy Awards, Ford also released the ground-breaking western Stagecoach. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:November 3, 1939

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ray Rennahan Best Color Cinematography 1939 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bert Glennon Best Color Cinematography 1939 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edna May Oliver Best Supporting Actress 1939 Nominee

Cast

Claudette Colbert
as Lana Borst Martin
Henry Fonda
as Gilbert Martin
Edna May Oliver
as Mrs. Sarah McKlennar
Arthur Shields
as Father Rosenkranz
Ward Bond
as Adam Hartman
John Carradine
as Caldwell
Dorris Bowdon
as Mary Reall
Jessie Ralph
as Mrs. Weaver
Robert Lowery
as John Weaver
Roger Imhof
as Nicholas Herkimer
Francis Ford
as Joe Boleo
Kay Linaker
as Mrs. DeMooth
Russell Simpson
as Dr. Petry
Spencer Charters
as Innkeeper
Si Jenks
as Jacob Small
Clara Blandick
as Mrs. Borst
Robert Greig
as Mr. Borst
Mae Marsh
as Pioneer Woman
Paul McVey
as Capt. Mark DeMooth
Jack Pennick
as Amos Hartman
Arthur Aylesworth
as George Weaver
Noble Johnson
as Indian
Edwin Maxwell
as Rev. Daniel Gros
Lionel Pape
as General
Charles Tannen
as Dr. Robert Johnson
Tom Tyler
as Capt. Morgan
Clarence H. Wilson
as Paymaster
Paul McVey
as Capt. Mark DeMooth
Charles Tannen
as Dr. Robert Johnson
Clarence H. Wilson
as Paymaster
Lionel Pape
as General
Edwin Maxwell
as Rev. Daniel Gros
Arthur Aylesworth
as George Weaver
Mae Marsh
as Pioneer Woman
Noble Johnson
as Indian
Si Jenks
as Jacob Small
Tom Tyler
as Capt. Morgan
Jack Pennick
as Amos Hartman
Robert Greig
as Mr. Borst
Clara Blandick
as Mrs. Borst

Crew

John Ford
Director
Raymond Griffith
Producer
Sonya Levien
Screenwriter
Lamar Trotti
Screenwriter
Bert Glennon
Cinematographer
Ray Rennahan
Cinematographer
Alfred Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Parrish
Editor
Mark-Lee Kirk
Art Director
Richard Day
Art Director
Raymond Griffith
Associate Producer
Darryl F. Zanuck
Executive Producer
Gwen Wakeling
Costume Designer
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