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Drums Along the Mohawk
Directed by John Ford • 1939 • United States
Starring Claudette Colbert, Henry Fonda, Edna May Oliver
John Ford’s first film in color is also one of his most visually splendorous achievements. Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert are the Revolutionary War–era settlers who weather attacks from both Tories and Native Americans as they attempt to establish a home on the lawless frontier of upstate New York. Ford’s feeling for pastoral Americana finds expression in beautifully burnished Technicolor images, while an Oscar-nominated Edna May Oliver and Ford regulars John Carradine and Ward Bond lend colorful support.