Friday, 25 May 2012

distant drums (1951) - raoul walsh

A 'classic' from 1951, l saw 'Distant Drums' for the first time the other day, and l have to say, l thought it was crap.  Gary Cooper is the army captain who flees some Seminole Indians through the Everglades, while an (obviously younger) woman falls for his no nonsense charms.  A major complaint is that the colour changed half way through, so the army uniforms changed from blue to green (unless l had a stroke or something).  The fort of Castillo de San Marcos looked impressive,  the snake Cooper threatened the Indian with looked rubbish,  but the film also featured the first use of the 'Wilhelm Scream', as a soldier got dragged down by a gator, so it wasn't a complete waste of time, (even if it was still a huge waste).

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