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    Drums Along the Mohawk

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    Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
    Run time1h43m
    GenreWestern
    Directed byJohn Ford
    Written byWalter D. Edmonds, Sonya Levien
    Company20th Century Fox20th Century Fox20th Century Fox
    One review8.0

    Synopsis

    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.

    Starring

    Claudette Colbert
    Henry Fonda
    Edna May Oliver
    Ward Bond
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