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      Drums in the Deep South

      Released Oct 16, 1951 1h 27m History Drama List
      Reviews 22% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Before plantation wife Kathy Summers (Barbara Payton) can run off with her lover, Clay Clayburn (James Craig), civil war breaks out and he must report to the Confederate Army. However, within a few years he returns to Georgia, and Kathy is still in her old home -- which the Union Army, led by Clay's best friend, Maj. Will Denning (Guy Madison), is using for a base. Kathy begins spying for Clay, but she struggles with the idea that one of these two friends may kill the other in battle. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Idiotic and dull. Never a good combo. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member This film emphases a theme of The south lost cause theme is seen throughout the film. I did not think that the 1861 portion of the film was very clear. I did not understand that Clay Clayburn and Will Denning who visited Braxton were lovers at one point or another to Kathy Summers. I did not understand that till later on in the film nor did I care at the beginning of the film. I did not understand that until latter on in the film. I thought that the film did not provide enough background early enough in the film to make me care about the characters or get personal enough to know the characters. The north only does what they are told and follows orders making them sound Nobel and not ruthless like Sherman. In the film they say that the only thing the south wants is to be left alone from the north. Slavery is hardly mentioned at all in the film. The only time slaves are seen is at the beginning. From the top of a cave the Confederacy fire at the two Union ammunition trains for Sherman's army in 1864. They present each side as ingenuity Ad showing the woman's role in helping the Confederacy by doing her duty and remaining loyal to his husband and towards the cause. The southerners don't speak with a southern accent. Nor do we hear a distinct northern accent out of the Union men. Devil's Mountain where the Confederates hide and establish a base away from the Union looks a lot like the Close Encounters of the Third Kind Mountain. The woman Kathy Summers does her part for the Confederacy by concealing the location of the Confederates to the Union, retrieving the piano wire to be used for the cannons, and sending intelligence information to the Confederates about the Unions plans. The Union realizes that the piano wire has been stripped out of the piano. I thought that the Union went a little overboard at the end of the film when they decided to get ride of the Confederates by placing all their gunpowder in the mountain and destroying the mountain to get ride of the Confederates. The film had a crummy ending by having the heroes the Confederates die and then have text in Support of the Union who killed the Confederates. Seems weird. I thought that the film itself was not very good. It started out too similar to Gone with the Wind and then leaves this big gap until 1864 where most of the films story occurs. To me the characters were not personal enough. I was not invested in them enough because they did not feel believable. It was an interesting story idea but not done very well or believable. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member My copy of this film came from the Mill Creek Combat Classics 50 pack. It was produced in 1951, A story about the Civil War, This movie starts out to be something of a soap opera, a women is married to one man, but when her old boyfriend comes calling at her husbands house, she starts kissing on him, surprising for 1951. The film's location is supposed to be Georgia, but in fact actual film location was California. The Confederate forces are held up on Devils Mt, to take out Sherman?s advance on Atlanta. Watch the movie to see if it worked. The color on my DVD was completely washed out, that was disappointing. But the movie is worth 3 stars. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member anything directed by neone named menzies is instant poo-doo. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member i'm rating this only cause i hasn't been rated yet, and the director has my last name w00t i rule! Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Before plantation wife Kathy Summers (Barbara Payton) can run off with her lover, Clay Clayburn (James Craig), civil war breaks out and he must report to the Confederate Army. However, within a few years he returns to Georgia, and Kathy is still in her old home -- which the Union Army, led by Clay's best friend, Maj. Will Denning (Guy Madison), is using for a base. Kathy begins spying for Clay, but she struggles with the idea that one of these two friends may kill the other in battle.
      Director
      William Cameron Menzies
      Producer
      Frank King, Maurice King
      Screenwriter
      Philip Yordan, Sidney Harmon
      Production Co
      RKO Pictures
      Genre
      History, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 16, 1951, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 15, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 27m
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