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Drango (1957)

Approved | | Western | January 1957 (USA)
A participant of Sherman's March becomes governor of a southern city directly effected by the destruction- and they have yet to learn of his involvement.

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Hall Bartlett
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Chandler ... Major Clint Drango
Joanne Dru ... Kate Calder
Julie London ... Shelby Ransom
Donald Crisp ... Judge Allen
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ... Clay Allen
John Lupton ... Capt. Marc Banning
Walter Sande ... Dr. Blair
Milburn Stone ... Col. Bracken
Morris Ankrum ... Henry Calder
Parley Baer ... George Randolph
Damian O'Flynn ... Gareth Blackford
Barney Phillips ... Rev. Giles Cameron
Charles Horvath ... Ragan
Katherine Warren ... Mrs. Scott
Chubby Johnson ... Zeb
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Storyline

Major Clint Drango of the U.S. Army and his aide, Capt. Marc Banning, ride into a burned-out Georgia town shortly after the end of the Civil War with orders to set up a military governorship. The townspeople are bitter over the earlier destruction of their crops, homes, schools and church by Sherman and Union troops but they do not know that Drango was a participant in that destruction. Renegade former Confederates under Clay Allen plan to undermine Drango's benign administration in hopes of restarting the war. The renegades commit a series of crimes and killings and Drango's honesty and character eventually win him some converts in the town. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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ONE MAN AGAINST A TOWN GONE MADE WITH LUST! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cenizas de odio See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

Drango does surgery on the doctor to remove a bullet near his heart and after pulling out the bullet there is no suturing or effort to seal the wound. Drango the goes to style kitchen to wash his hands and there is no blood on his hands before he washes. See more »


Soundtracks

Drango
Lyrics by Alan Alch
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Sung by Rex Allen
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Mayhem and mob-mentality in the post-Civil War South...
8 May 2010 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Intriguing bit of history circa 1865, as a Union Army major is assigned to bring law and order to a burnt-out, starving Georgia town, but finds the residents hostile to post-Civil War change. Director Hall Bartlett also wrote and co-produced this forgotten film for United Artists, which deals with some complex issues and fiercely tangled emotions and loyalties. Jeff Chandler is forthright in the lead, attempting to do his job politely and carefully, unarmed, but forced to fight an entire town seemingly bent on destruction and savagery. The dramatic scope of the proceedings is minimized for a 90-minute format, and the circumstances Bartlett chooses to focus on--a local man's trial, a tyrannical land baron's desired leadership--nearly reduces the power the director manages to build up in smaller corners (such as Chandler bringing a winter coat to an orphaned youngster). The absence of blacks (the freed slaves) is noticeable, though judging the movie on what is presented culls up much bigger problems. The townsfolk flip-flop laughably between the two sides (vicariously cheering evil, glinty-eyed Southerner Ronald Howard one minute, then turning inward and solemn once Chandler's Major Drango takes the floor). We don't see a full-scale view of what is transpiring personally within these people's lives (probably due to a limited budget), and so are forced to rely on the performances (which are adept) and the direction (the writing being alternately too soft and too harsh). The brutalities inherent to the scenario are discreetly presented--with one very important murder happening off-screen--but the affects are still quite strong. An intriguing drama for history buffs. ** from ****


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