At Dunstable, Cooper studied Latin and French, and took several courses in English history. Then I saw it as an adult and though it was not the great film I remembered it was still very good as an action and adventure sort of western. But the Seminoles are in hot pursuit of Cooper and the whole bunch through most of the film. While some very slight fade is in evidence, generally speaking this retains a lot of the original luster of the film's color, with some especially evocative blues and reds, as well as the omnipresent Everglades greens, on display. There's an implication here that Wyatt has forsaken his Caucasian roots in favor of a native lifestyle, a concept that is borne out when the details behind the demise of his wife are made clear as the film progresses.
Walsh was an expert director of all kind genres but with penchant in Western as ¨Colorado territory¨ , ¨They died with their boots on¨, ¨Along the great divide¨, ¨Saskatchewan¨, ¨King and four queens¨ , ¨The sheriff of fractured jaw¨, ¨A distant trumpet¨ ; Adventure as ¨Thief of Bagdad¨, ¨Captain Horatio Hornblower¨, ¨World in his hands¨, ¨Blackbeard the pirate¨ , ¨Sea devils¨ ; Warlike as ¨Objetive Burma¨ , ¨Northern pursuit¨, ¨Marines let's go¨ ; and Noir film as ¨White heat¨, ¨High Sierra¨, ¨They drive by night¨, ¨The roaring twenties¨. Other comments note the great underwater battle scene, but I am spellbound by the cypress swamp and saw-grass settings as well. The picture was photographed by Sidney Hickox in the heart of the Florida everglades , at Silver Sprags and at Castillo of San Marcos in the Southeastern nation , monuments through the courtesy of the United States Department of Interior National Park Service. His English teacher, Ida Davis, played an important role in encouraging him to focus on academics, join the school's debating team, and become involved in dramatics. That said, there's a slight but noticeable shift in registration and the overall color space at times that tends to give fleshtones a slightly purplish quality, something that is only increased with the many sequences which have been aggressively filtered with blue to approximate a nighttime ambience. This film was probably a slight cut above many of the routine programmers that were being churned out during this period, and it remains an interesting curio that offers some exciting locations and a couple of well done set pieces in an overall fairly trite presentation. The sequence at the Seminole village is most impressive and tense as it is the final underwater knife duel between Captain Wyatt and chief Okala.
The movie itself is one of over 100 made by screen legend Gary Cooper. Other films relating to this conflict include Seminole, and Naked in the Sun. Brightly shot in Technicolor and bearing an opening shot of fanciful looking Native Americans or Indians, as of course they were referred to in the 1950s with extremely colorful face paint, Distant Drums might at first glance appear to the very model of a midcentury western. With the goal of saving enough money to pay for a professional art course, Cooper decided to try his hand working as a film extra for five dollars a day, and as a stuntman for twice that amount. A great plus are the beautifully shot underwater scenes, short but crystal clear, crowned by a final duel under surface. Gorgeous Mari Aldon as a ballerina from Savannah who bears a dark past , she does an enjoyable and prominent debut though didn't have a notorious career. Army Lieutenant Tufts Richard Webb is assigned a dangerous mission by General Zachary Taylor Robert Barrat.
So a war there was inevitable, especially when southern presidents like Andrew Jackson were in the White House. For more about Distant Drums and the Distant Drums Blu-ray release, see published by Jeffrey Kauffman on September 22, 2014 where this Blu-ray release scored 3. His characterization, which is a combination of a western hero and Tarzan, doesn't offer very much range in acting but makes it interesting enough for this kind of adventure flick. A large chunk of the plot surrounds Cuban gun runners supporting the Warriors. From his starts in the silent cinema he achieved successful films until the 50s and forward , early 60s , when he was less dominant , but is still stayed lots of lusty adventure , stories of comradeship and friendship , and Raoul makes the most of plentiful action scenes. Distant Drums doesn't quite have the gravitas of the Anthony Mann fifties' outings with James Stewart, but it similarly isn't the simple minded affair that many 1930s and 1940s westerns were. I could go on and on.
Brawling , sprawling , almost primitive action, teeming across the screen. In 1906, Charles purchased the six-hundred acre Seven-Bar-Nine cattle ranch about fifty miles north of Helena near the town of on the , where Frank and his older brother Arthur spent their summers and learned to ride horses, hunt, and fish. Distant Drums — Gary Cooper Fighting Caravans starring Gary Cooper. There were actually several bits by the same voice guy but all are known collectively as the Wilhelm Scream. The Real West 1961 Gary Cooper Full Length Classic Western Movie. But I guess, by what I just said, her role work serves its purpose the way it was intended. I can't believe by the way that a director like Raoul Walsh had the army and the Seminoles fighting with repeating rifles and six shooter revolving pistols.
However, I think my little knowledge about the Seminole wars in Florida give me the possibility of judging the film just at what it is: an adventure film. The fifties were an interesting time for the Western even those located in Florida. The small band of American soldiers and their rescued companions Mari Aldon among others tries to stop and must face the dangerous Everglades and hostile Indians in order to reach safety and battle against risks. Garden of Evil 1954 Gary Cooper and Richard Widmark — Full Length Western Movie. But this is no tale of the Badlands or the Rockies or even the Mississippi—and the Florida and, ultimately, Everglades setting of Distant Drums may well be its most memorable feature.
At the age of fifteen, Cooper injured his hip in a car accident and returned to the Seven-Bar-Nine ranch to recuperate by horseback riding at the recommendation of his doctor. This exciting Western packs thrills , noisy action , spectacular struggles and lots of gutsy adventure. Vera Cruz from 1954 starring Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster, Denise Darcel. Along the way he and Tufts ultimately help a woman named Judy Mari Alton , a woman who seems torn between the two men, although the fact that Tufts has already disclosed he's happily married with a young son of his own back home would seem to fairly clearly point the way forward for which romantic pairing is ultimately going to win out. For the early years of the republic, Florida under Spanish rule and loose rule at that, was a thorn in our side. The only other guy who had his own private island during war was Lt. Any legal issues regarding the free online movies on this website should be taken up with the actual file hosts themselves, as we're not affiliated with them.
This is unfortunate as this was not only America's longest, but its bloodiest Indian war as well. Impressive images when Wyatt and Seminole Chief Oscala square off in a breathtaking climax. The movie is obviously notable because it starred Gary Cooper. Dallas 1950 Full Western Movie Gary Cooper The Virginian from 1929 starring Gary Cooper, Mary Brian , Walter Houston. Director: Writers: , Starring: , , , , , Producer: » Distant Drums Blu-ray Review Call of the wild.