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Drum Beat (1955)

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Though heavily advertised as Delmar Daves' Drum Beat, this film owed its existence to producer-star Alan Ladd. The star is cast as a veteran Indian fighter Johnny MacKay, who because of his close relationship with the Medoc tribe is sent out to negotiate a peace treaty. Once he has arrived in Medoc territory, Johnny (Ladd) must contend with the misspent emotions of his childhood sweetheart Toby (Marisa Pavan), the sister of Indian chief Manok (Anthony Caruso). Jealous over Johnny's relationship with pretty Nancy Meek (Audrey Dalton), Toby has cast her lot with renegade warrior Captain Jack (Charles Bronson), who honors no treaties. Though the film has a Native American villain, Drum Beat is largely sympathetic to the plight of the Indian. Based on a true story, the film is distinguished by J. Peverell Marley's breathtaking exterior photography, and by Victor Young's ballad-like musical score.

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Cast

Alan Ladd
as Johnny MacKay
Audrey Dalton
as Nancy Meek
Charles Bronson
as Capt. Jack
Rodopho (Rudy) Acosta
as Scarface Charlie
Robert Keith
as Bill Satterwhite
Rodolfo Acosta
as Scarface Charlie
Warner Anderson
as Gen. Canby
Richard Gaines
as Dr. Thomas
Edgar Stehli
as Jesse Grant
Hayden Rorke
as President Ulysses Simpson Grant
Frank de Kova
as Modoc Jim
Perry Lopez
as Bogus Charlie
Willis B. Bouchey
as Gen. Gilliam
Peter Hanson
as Lt. Goodsall
George J. Lewis
as Capt. Alonzo Clark
Isabel Jewell
as Lily White
Peggy Converse
as Mrs. Grant
Pat Lawless
as O'Brien
Paul Wexler
as William Brody
Richard Cutting
as Col. Meek
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