A Really Good Movie

DrumsWe recently sat down and watched the 1939 classic John Ford film, Drums Along the Mohawk starring a very young Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert.

This is a classic film. Set in early America during the settling of the North American colonies and at the outbreak of the Revolutionary war, you’ll wonder whatever happened to the spirit of the colonialists after seeing this one. The version we watched was in Technicolor and much sharper than the trailer for the original that you’ll see below.

A patriotic film in the old, and purest sense of the word, ‘Drums’ is one of those films they just don’t make anymore – clean, meaningful and informative, and full of good old-fashion entertainment.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I recommend it. No, I won’t spoil the ending for you, but I will tell you that …nah, I’m not gonna do that.

Here is the film description and the original trailer:

Nominated for an Academy Award, this adventure, set during the settling of the North American colonies, centers on Gilbert and Lana Martin (Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert), a young couple homesteading in New York’s Mohawk Valley. Driven by repeated Indian attacks into a nearby fort, they watch helplessly as their farm is laid to waste. But when a well-to-do spinster hires Gilbert to work as a field hand and gives the Martins a place to stay, the couple begins again. And although life is never easy – with Gilbert’s involvement in battles with Indian tribes and British soldiers, challenges from the weather and more – the two realize that there is something magical about a life in the Mohawk valley.