Drums of Destiny (1937)

Approved | | Adventure, History, Romance | 12 June 1937 (USA)
In 1815 a US cavalry officer crosses into west Florida--which is still Spanish territory--to put a stop to Indian attacks on American settlers.


Ray Taylor


Roger Whately (story and screenplay), John T. Neville (screenplay)




Cast overview:
Tom Keene ... Capt. Jerry Crawford
Edna Lawrence Edna Lawrence ... Rosa Maria Dominguez
Budd Buster ... Kentuck
Ray Bennett ... Jenkins (as Rafael Bennett)
Robert Fiske ... Bill Holston
Carlos De Valdez Carlos De Valdez ... Don Salvador Dominguez (as Carlos de Valdez)
David Sharpe ... Lt. Bill Crawford
John Merton ... Toby Simmons


Captain Jerry Crawford (Tom Keene) who, with his Mississippi Vollunteers, is stationed at Fort Escambria in 1817, is summoned to the aid of a frontier family which has suffered an attack at the hands of the warring Seminole Indians. While driving off the raiders, Jerry and his side-kick "Kentuck" (Budd Buster), come across a gun used by an Indian. It is of such quality that the soldiers suspect white renegades of supplying the weapons to the Seminoles. Bill Crawford (David Sharpe), Jerry's younger brother, while carrying a boatload of supplies and munitions to Fort Escambria, is stopped by Bill Holston (Robert Fiske), Provost Marshal for Don Salvador Dominguez (Carlos De Valdez'), in Florida, and his henchman Jenkins (Ray Bennett). Bill is tricked into crossing into Spanish territory while his cargo is seized. Bill is returned to Florida and sentenced to be shot at dawn. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. Its earliest documented Post WWII telecast took place in Chicago Saturday 29 January 1949 on WGN (Channel 9). See more »


Prologue: In 1815, Florida was Spanish territory, sparsely populated and totally ungarrisoned. West Florida was a hideout for smugglers, renegade whites and savage tribes of marauding Creeks and Seminoles. Armed with contraband rifles, these Indians raided American settlements across the border, then retreated to their West Florida refuge. Unable to pursue them into foreign land, General Andrew Jackson established a border patrol of Mississippi volunteer militiamen to protect the pioneers.
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