A Thunder of Drums

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A Thunder of Drums
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Directed by Joseph M. Newman
Produced by Stanley Bass
Robert Enders
Written by James Warner Bellah
Starring Richard Boone
George Hamilton
Luana Patten
Arthur O'Connell
Charles Bronson
Richard Chamberlain
Duane Eddy
Slim Pickens
Music by Harry Sukman
Cinematography William W. Spencer
Edited by Ferris Webster
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • September 26, 1961 (1961-09-26)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

A Thunder of Drums is a 1961 Western directed by Joseph M. Newman, starring Richard Boone, George Hamilton and Luana Patten.


1st Lieutenant Curtis McQuade (Hamilton), a cavalry officer without field experience, is assigned to a remote, understaffed post where he attempts to adjust to this new life under the once-disgraced Captain Maddocks (Boone).


Georgia Hamilton made the movie "to avoid the Ivy curse" and play a different kind of role.[1]

Notable cast members[edit]

The movie is notable for starring three well-known actors in relatively minor roles. Charles Bronson of Death Wish fame and rock musician Duane Eddy star as troopers, while Richard Chamberlain portrays Lieutenant Porter. Slim Pickens and Arthur O'Connell also had roles.


Box Office[edit]

According to MGM records the film recorded a loss of $42,000.[2]


  1. ^ George Hamilton & William Stadiem, Don't Mind If I Do, Simon & Schuster 2008 p 149
  2. ^ The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .

External links[edit]

  • Nielsen Business Media, Inc (April 24, 1961). "Dicourse". Billboard: 39. Retrieved September 24, 2009.