Drums Along the Mohawk Overview:

Drums Along the Mohawk (1939) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by John Ford and produced by Raymond Griffith and Darryl F. Zanuck.


Fonda and Colbert star as newlyweds whose simple life in the Mohawk Valley is savagely disrupted by Indian raids. Colbert is terrific as the city girl adjusting to life on the frontier. Ford's only film set in colonial America.

(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion).


Academy Awards 1939 --- Ceremony Number 12 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActressEdna May OliverNominated
Best CinematographyRay Rennahan, Bert GlennonNominated

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Drums Along The Mohawk (1939): Ford, Fonda, and Colbert

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 15, 2020 From 4 Star Films

Recently, it’s come to my attention there is really is a dearth of colonial America pictures between the likes of Disney’s Johnny Tremain and Mel Gibson’s The Patriot. The reasons seem somewhat obvious at least in the current day and age. Period pieces cost money and such material ... Read full article

Watching 1939: Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

on Jul 10, 2020 From Comet Over Hollywood

In 2011, I announced I was trying to see every film released in 1939. This new series chronicles films released in 1939 as I watch them.?As we start out this blog feature, this section may become more concrete as I search for a common thread that runs throughout each film of the year. Right now, tha... Read full article

The Essential Films of 1939: Drums Along the Mohawk

By Amanda Garrett on Mar 30, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert tame the frontier in Drums Along the Mohawk. The Director: John Ford. The Stars: Henry Fonda, Claudette Colbert and Edna May Oliver. Source Material: The novel by Walter D. Edmonds. Gilbert (Henry Fonda) and Lana Martin (Claudette Colbert) on their ... Read full article

Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

By Beatrice on Feb 10, 2014 From Flickers in Time

Drums Along the Mohawk Directed by John Ford Written by Lamar Trotti and Sonya Levien based on the novel by Walter D. Edmonds 1939/USA Twentieth Century Fox Films Corporation First viewing/Netflix rental John Ford was on quite a roll in 1939. During the Revolutionary War, Gil Martin (Henry Fonda) ta... Read full article

The Henry Fonda Collection: Daisy Kenyon (1947), Drums Along the Mohawk (1939) & The Boston Strangler (1968) – Father’s Day Gift Guide

on Jun 3, 2013 From Journeys in Classic Film

Another trio of reviews from The Henry Fonda Collection.? In this segment we’ll look at a western, a quasi-noir with romantic overtones, and a crime procedural. Daisy Kenyon (Joan Crawford) is a forward thinking career-woman who can’t seem to pick the right mate.? Mired in a relationshi... Read full article

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Reverend Rosenkrantz: O Almighty God, hear us, we beseech Thee, and bring succor and guidance to those we are about to bring to Your divine notice. First we are thinking of Mary Walaber. She is only 16 years old, but she is keeping company with a soldier from Fort Dayton. He's a Massachusetts man, and Thou knowest no good can come of that.

Mrs. McKlennar: Your thoughts are your own property, Martin, but keep them to yourself.

Reverend Rosenkrantz: Any man failing to report to duty will be promptly hanged. Amen.

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Facts about

John Ford's first film in color.
Clarence Wilson in the role as "Paymaster" and Lionel Pape in the role of "General" are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie.
Linda Darnell was initially set to co-star.
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