Drums of the Desert (1927)

Western | 4 June 1927

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HISTORY

Beginning in Dec 1925, Zane Grey's novel was serialized in McCall's under the title "Drums of the Desert." According to reviews, portions of the picture was photographed on location at an Arizona Navajo ... More Less

Beginning in Dec 1925, Zane Grey's novel was serialized in McCall's under the title "Drums of the Desert." According to reviews, portions of the picture was photographed on location at an Arizona Navajo reservation. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
21 Aug 1927.
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Variety
10 Aug 1927
p. 26.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
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PHOTOGRAPHY
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SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Captives of the Desert by Zane Grey (New York, 1926).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 June 1927
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
4 June 1927
Copyright Number:
LP24049
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,907
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Chief Brave Bear and his people gather at the Navajo reservation to confront a problem: a group of men, headed by Will Newton, seeks to force them off their desert lands. Perkins and Hi-Lo meet the exploring party of Elias Manton and his daughter, Mary; posing as desert rats, they are hired as guides. They encounter John Curry, a friend of the Indians whose cordiality arouses their suspicion; Newton tries, unsuccessfully, to dissuade them from continuing their work in the desert and casts aspersions on Curry. Manton is kidnapped by Newton's men, but Curry rescues him after a search. Newton starts for the oil claims, while the Navajo prepare to defend their sacred altars. Curry tries unsuccessfully to placate the Indians and is shot by Newton, who fails to listen to reason. United States Cavalry arrive and place Newton's men under arrest, and Mary realizes the worth of her ... +


Chief Brave Bear and his people gather at the Navajo reservation to confront a problem: a group of men, headed by Will Newton, seeks to force them off their desert lands. Perkins and Hi-Lo meet the exploring party of Elias Manton and his daughter, Mary; posing as desert rats, they are hired as guides. They encounter John Curry, a friend of the Indians whose cordiality arouses their suspicion; Newton tries, unsuccessfully, to dissuade them from continuing their work in the desert and casts aspersions on Curry. Manton is kidnapped by Newton's men, but Curry rescues him after a search. Newton starts for the oil claims, while the Navajo prepare to defend their sacred altars. Curry tries unsuccessfully to placate the Indians and is shot by Newton, who fails to listen to reason. United States Cavalry arrive and place Newton's men under arrest, and Mary realizes the worth of her protector. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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