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Drango (1957)

Approved | | Western | January 1957 (USA)
A participant of Sherman's March becomes governor of a southern city directly effected by the destruction- and they have yet to learn of his involvement.

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Hall Bartlett
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Chandler ... Major Clint Drango
Joanne Dru ... Kate Calder
Julie London ... Shelby Ransom
Donald Crisp ... Judge Allen
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ... Clay Allen
John Lupton ... Capt. Marc Banning
Walter Sande ... Dr. Blair
Milburn Stone ... Col. Bracken
Morris Ankrum ... Henry Calder
Parley Baer ... George Randolph
Damian O'Flynn ... Gareth Blackford
Barney Phillips ... Rev. Giles Cameron
Charles Horvath ... Ragan
Katherine Warren ... Mrs. Scott
Chubby Johnson ... Zeb
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Storyline

Major Clint Drango of the U.S. Army and his aide, Capt. Marc Banning, ride into a burned-out Georgia town shortly after the end of the Civil War with orders to set up a military governorship. The townspeople are bitter over the earlier destruction of their crops, homes, schools and church by Sherman and Union troops but they do not know that Drango was a participant in that destruction. Renegade former Confederates under Clay Allen plan to undermine Drango's benign administration in hopes of restarting the war. The renegades commit a series of crimes and killings and Drango's honesty and character eventually win him some converts in the town. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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BURN...DESTROY...KILL...RAVAGE...These were the orders and they were obeyed! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cenizas de odio See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Major Drango has a pistol that he gives to his captain. The gun has ivory handles and a short barrel. Guns if this vintage had walnut handles and 8 inch barrels. The pistol appears historically incorrect. See more »


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Drango
Lyrics by Alan Alch
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Sung by Rex Allen
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A Conquered And Proud People
27 April 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Jeff Chandler in the title role of Clint Drango has a disagreeable and difficult duty to perform as military governor of a small Georgia town that not even a year before he had ridden through with General Sherman's army. They did not leave much standing and when the town learns of his military record, Chandler's not left with much support for the difficult job he's trying to do. To bring peace to a conquered and proud people.

The film starts with the lynching of northern sympathizer Morris Ankrum and his daughter Joanne Dru though she hates Chandler at first for not sending Ankrum to safety, she becomes his biggest supporter mainly because she has nowhere else to go.

Behind the resistance is former Confederate officer Ronald Howard who never looked more like his father Leslie than in this film. He was certainly evocative of Ashley Wilkes another Georgia aristocrat. Donald Crisp is Howard's father here and Julie London is another southern aristocrat who Howard uses to gain information. Of course Ashley's attitude toward the conquering Yankees was light years different than than Ronald Howard's in Drango.

Drango's not a bad western, but quite frankly the total absence of blacks from the film is puzzling. There are places in the south which did not have cotton plantations and hence no significant black population at the time of the Civil War. But looking at the mansions that Crisp and London have belies that notion for this section of Georgia.

That absence makes Drango a decent, but very flawed picture.


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