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Drum Taps (1933)

Skinner and his gang are grabbing land from the ranchers. When they go after Kerry's ranch Ken stops them. Skinner frames Ken for rustling but the Sheriff is on Ken's side, and with the ... See full summary »

Director:

J.P. McGowan

Writers:

Alan James (story), J.P. McGowan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ken Maynard ... Ken Cartwright
Tarzan Tarzan ... Tarzan - Ken's Horse
Kermit Maynard ... Earl Cartwright
Dorothy Dix ... Eileen Carey
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Eric Cartwright (as Junior Coghlan)
Los Angeles Boy Scout Troop #107 Los Angeles Boy Scout Troop #107 ... Boy Scouts
Charles Stevens ... Indian Joe
Al Bridge ... Lariat Smith (as Alan Bridge)
Harry Semels Harry Semels ... Pete - Henchman
Jim Mason ... Stubby Lane - Henchman
Slim Whitaker ... Hank - Henchman
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Storyline

Skinner and his gang are grabbing land from the ranchers. When they go after Kerry's ranch Ken stops them. Skinner frames Ken for rustling but the Sheriff is on Ken's side, and with the help of his brother Earl's Boy Scout troup they go after the gang. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al redoble del tambor See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Cincinnati Friday 25 November 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). See more »

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Featured in Sprockets: Sound in the Sagebrush (1991) See more »

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Red River Valley
(uncredited)
Traditional
Performed by Kermit Maynard and Los Angeles Boy Scout Troop #107
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Ken Maynard and a great collection of Gower Gulch cowboys
12 July 2019 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

Ken Maynard nearly always provided an entertaining Western, and the oddly named "Drum Taps" is no exception.

That title is a reference to the one time a message is delivered via, yes, drum taps. Other times, messages are sent via heliograph.

Coded messaging figures because a troop of Boy Scouts have come to visit. Played by a real-life Los Angeles troop, they are led by the real-life brother of Ken Maynard, Kermit, who doesn't even get screen credit!

Leading lady is Dorothy Dix, an adorable pixie of a pretty good actress, but who quit acting early, with only 21 credits. (She was sister to actor Tex Harding.)

Strangely, the chief bad guy is played by Hooper Atchley, and he too doesn't get screen credit, although he was a fine actor, always in control and fully involved in his role. He died awfully young, but still shows 215 credits here at IMDb.

Other bad guys include Al Bridge, Charles Stevens, and Slim Whitaker, and some others of the best cowboys and stunt men in Hollywood.

"Drum Taps" never gets really exciting, although there is never a really dull moment. There's always something going on, but somehow, either because of script, by Alan James and J.P. McGowan, or McGowan's directing, it seems rather slow.

Still, it's very worth watching, and there is a good copy at YouTube.


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