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The Drum (1938)

Not Rated | | Adventure, War | 29 September 1938 (USA)
During the British Raj, Captain Carruthers works under cover to track smuggled shipments of arms on the restless Northwest Frontier of India. He fears a full-scale rebellion is brewing. To ... See full summary »

Director:

Zoltan Korda

Writers:

A.E.W. Mason (by), Lajos Biró (adaptation) (as Lajos Biro) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sabu ... Prince Azim
Raymond Massey ... Prince Ghul
Roger Livesey ... Capt. Carruthers
Valerie Hobson ... Mrs. Carruthers
David Tree ... Lieut. Escott
Desmond Tester ... Bill Holder
Francis L. Sullivan ... Governor (as Francis L.Sullivan)
Archibald Batty Archibald Batty ... Major Bond
Frederick Culley Frederick Culley ... Dr.Murphy
Amid Taftazani Amid Taftazani ... Mohammed Khan
Laurence Baskcomb Laurence Baskcomb ... Zarullah (as Lawrence Baskcomb)
Roy Emerton Roy Emerton ... Wafadar
Michael Martin Harvey Michael Martin Harvey ... Mullah
Martin Walker Martin Walker ... Herrick
Ronald Adam ... Major Gregoff
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Storyline

During the British Raj, Captain Carruthers works under cover to track smuggled shipments of arms on the restless Northwest Frontier of India. He fears a full-scale rebellion is brewing. To forestall this, the British governor signs a treaty with the friendly, peace-loving ruler of Tokot, a key kingdom in the region, which is described as four days' march northward from Peshawar. Meanwhile, the king's son, Prince Azim, befriends Carruthers and a British drummer boy, Bill Holder, who teaches him how to play the instrument. Written by GusF

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Taglines:

Flaming Frontier! Savage Hordes! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drums See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Noiseless Wide Range Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film caused protests when shown in Bombay and Madras, as it was considered by many to be British propaganda. See more »

Connections

Featured in Sabu: The Elephant Boy (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Penny For Your Thoughts
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Written by Lee Sims
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Not Korda's best, but well recommended
17 February 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The Drum is perhaps a little too short, and the story is slow-moving to start with. However, the story is a great one, and does have some memorable scenes especially the banquet scene which is very tense and the ending which is really quite stirring.

The Drum is also ravishingly photographed, the cinematography is gorgeous and does justice to the splendid costumes and sets. John Greenwood's music is also a nice touch, while the script is good and Zoltan Korda does a fine job directing. The acting is also good enough, Sabu is very beguiling and Roger Livesey is likable and benevolent. For me, Raymond Massey stole the show, he is truly wonderful as the irredeemably swinish villain.

All in all, well recommended, also the political incorrectness actually didn't bother me, but I'd say The Four Feathers is better. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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