The Drum

TitleThe Drum
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1938
AuthorsKorda, Zoltan
Running Time1h 44min
Date Released04/01/1938
DistributorLondon Films
CountryUnited Kingdom
Publication LanguageEnglish

The Drum (released in the U.S. as Drums) is a 1938 British Technicolor film based on the 1937 novel The Drum by A. E. W. Mason. On the frontier of India, British Capt. Carruthers (Roger Livesey) learns of an illegal arms transport, which leads to a peace treaty with Tokat leader Mohammed Khan. Khan's son, Prince Azim (Sabu), and their people welcome the British warmly, but Khan's brother, Ghul (Raymond Massey), rejects the treaty in a bid for power. Azim escapes Ghul's assassination attempt by going into hiding with the British, but takes action when Ghul plans a secret and brutal attack on Carruthers and his men. The film presents the British as heroes and rightful conquerors of India. The film was well received in Britain but caused protests when shown in Bombay and Madras, where it was considered by many to be British propaganda.

Alternate TitleDrums
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