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The Drum (Drums) (1938)

The Drum (Drums) (1938)

The Drum (Drums)

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The Drum is an opulent Technicolor "British India" epic, based on a story by A.E.W. Mason (of Four Feathers fame). Teenaged actor Sabu stars as a young East Indian prince educated in England. By rights, his loyalties should lie with his countrymen, but in typical "Sun Never Sets" fashion most of the other Indian characters are as evil and untrustworthy as Prince Guhl (Raymond Massey). Guhl plans a revolt against the British, intending to wipe out the Royal troops as the English officers enjoy the hospitality of Guhl's spacious palace. It's up to Sabu to warn the troops of Guhl's treachery by means of tapping out a message on the drum of the title. In the US, The Drum was released as Drums, on the theory (according to film historian Alan Barbour) that Americans must have more of everything. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Action & Adventure
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On DVD: Nov 28, 2011
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Criterion Collection

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Cast

Sabú
as Prince Azim
Raymond Massey
as Prince Ghul
Roger Livesey
as Tony Carruthers
Valerie Hobson
as Mrs. Carruthers
David Tree
as Lieutenent Escott
Desmond Tester
as Bill Holder
Archibald Batty
as Maj. Bond
Amid Taftazani
as Mohammed Khan
Edward Lexy
as Sgt.-Maj. Kernel
Ronald Adam
as Maj. Gregoff
Alf Goddard
as Pete Kelly
Frederick Culley
as Dr. Murphy
Roy Emerton
as Wafadar
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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

One of the most fascinating and entertaining asides in British cinema, Sabu is just meta-colonial enough to maintain relevance.

Full Review… | November 29, 2011
Slant Magazine

Rousing and lavish Technicolor old-fashioned adventure story.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Full Review… | May 24, 2003
Film4

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