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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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Bill Satterwhite: Peace is going to be awfully hard to get.
Johnny MacKay: That's your business... not mine!
Bill Satterwhite: Bill, I need your help. Don't go running off half wild killin' Modocs. Only one got Lily.
Johnny MacKay: You think she was worth only one of them devils? You dish our your peace, Johnny. I'll dish out my end!

Blaine Crackel: Modoc Jim says he just wants to see how thick your door is, Bill.
Bill Satterwhite: What business is that of his?
Blaine Crackel: Well, he says the last time he fired at you, the arrow didn't go through it. He says the next time, he's going to use a heavier bow.
Bill Satterwhite: Take your stinking fingers off that door!

Gen. Canby: We want to stop this purposless killing. Any war that doesn't bring about a peace with honor is futile.
Mr. Dyar: Well, peace with honor and peace with Captain Jack are apt to be jackasses of two mighty different colors.

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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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