Drums along the Mohawk

TitleDrums along the Mohawk
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1939
AuthorsFord, John
Running Time1h 44min
Date Released11/03/1939
Distributor20th Century Fox
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

This film, based on the 1936 novel Drums Along the Mohawk by Walter D. Edmond, focuses on Gilbert and Lana Martin, a young couple trying to make a home in New York State's Mohawk Valley, but repeated attacks by Native American drive them, along with other settlers in the valley, into a nearby fort, where they watch helplessly as the natives lay waste to their farms and cabins. A spinster with a large farm, comes to their rescue when she hires Gilbert to work as a field hand and gives the Martins a place to stay. The rugged life of the farm and frontier doesn't always sit well with Lana, who was raised in wealthy and comfortable circumstance, In time she develops a thicker skin and learns to love their new life in the Mohawk Valley, especially after giving birth to their first son. Gilbert joins the militia, and returns wounded, and as he recuperates, a healthy crop rises in the fields, but their satisfaction is short lived when “the Indians” once again hit the warpath.

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