Best Movies by Farr
Drums Along the Mohawk Poster
Released Runtime Category
1939 103 Action/Adventure
Director Language
John Ford English
Claudette Colbert, Edna May Oliver, Henry Fonda, John Carradine

Drums Along the Mohawk

Watch it on:

What's it About

Gil Martin (Fonda) and Lana Borst (Colbert) get married in Albany in the pivotal year of 1776, and move to Gil’'s remote farm in the Mohawk Valley. Lana, who's used to city life, must adjust to a rustic existence, but worse trials are yet to come. Indian attacks and the onset of the Revolutionary War threaten all they’'ve built, but Gil is determined to fight to restore security and peace to the land he loves.

Why we love it

Director Ford's first color film, Oscar-nominated for its cinematography, is beautiful to behold, as it depicts the incredibly perilous plight of early Americans in revolutionary days. Both Fonda and Colbert shine, as does Oliver as the crusty but kindly widow who takes in the young couple after their house burns down. (Ms. Oliver, who very nearly steals the picture right from under its youthful stars, also received a nod from the Academy for her work here.) Don’'t miss this grand, rousing adventure, done the John Ford way.

Up Next

Drunken Angel

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"