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Drum Beat (1954) was a Western Film directed by Delmer Daves and produced by Alan Ladd and Delmer Daves.

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[discussing Captain Jack]
President Ulysses S. Grant: What kind of man is he?
Johnny MacKay: Well, some people say he's got a little white blood in him because of his white eye... but I think it's mostly bad blood.


Gen. Canby: Sometimes it is as necessary to take risks to win peace as it is in war to win victories.


Kintpuash, aka Captain Jack: Red man think he go to good place when he die. Good hunting... good shooting... no white man. None! You're not like preacher who talk about Pearly Gates. You got sense. You tell me, Johnny, you believe there is a place like this?
Johnny MacKay: Yes, I believe that, Jack, except I think it's open for all of us when we die. I think they, ah, even let white men in.
Kintpuash, aka Captain Jack: If I see that it's for red man only up there, maybe someday I tell them, "You let Johnny McKay in. He good fighter!"
Johnny MacKay: Thanks, Jack. Maybe I'll see you up there. Goodbye... and good luck... and good hunting.


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General Edward Canby, whose death is depicted in this movie, was in reality the only U.S. army general killed during the American Indian Wars. "General" G. A. Custer, killed at the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876, was not in fact a general at the time of his death. After the Civil War, he held the permanent rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
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Also directed by Delmer Daves




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Also released in 1954




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