The Drum (1938 film)


The Drum (1938 film)

Infobox_Film
name = The Drum


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amg_id =
imdb_id = 0030082
writer = A. E. W. Mason
Lajos Biró
Arthur Wimperis
Patrick Kirwan
Hugh Gray
starring = Sabu
Raymond Massey
Roger Livesey
Valerie Hobson
director = Zoltan Korda
cinematography = Georges Périnal
Osmond Borradaile (Indian location scenes)
music = John Greenwood
producer = Alexander Korda
distributor = London Films
released = flagicon|UK April 1, 1938
country = UK
runtime = 104 min.
language = English

"The Drum" is a 1938 film from the book by A. E. W. Mason. The film was directed by Zoltan Korda and produced by Alexander Korda. It starred Sabu, Raymond Massey and Roger Livesey.

Korda’s company "London Films" made three films in the 1930s about the British Empire: "Sanders of the River" (1936), "The Drum" and "The Four Feathers" (1939). They are often known as the Empire trilogy, though they weren’t conceived as such. Even when they were released, their Victorian views of the empire and its peoples were already somewhat old fashioned.

Plot

When Indian Prince Azim (Sabu) learns of an anti-British conspiracy led by Prince Ghul (Raymond Massey), he must choose between betraying his fellow countryman or supporting the British colonial regime. Ghul had previously killed Azim's father, and Azim was also taught the value of fairness by Captain Curruthers (Roger Livesey), so he sides with the British and warns them of Ghul's intended ambush by beating out a warning on a drum. Ghul is killed in the ensuing battle and Azim is installed as his replacement.

Cast

* Sabu as Prince Azim
* Raymond Massey as Prince Ghul
* Roger Livesey as Captain Carruthers
* Valerie Hobson as Mrs. Carruthers
* David Tree as Lieutenant Escott
* Desmond Tester as Bill Holder
* Francis L. Sullivan as Governor
* Archibald Batty as Major Bond
* Frederick Culley as Dr. Murphy
* Amid Taftazani as Mohammed Khan

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