|Directed by||Hall Bartlett
|Produced by||Hall Bartlett
|Written by||Hall Bartlett|
|Music by||Elmer Bernstein|
|Cinematography||James Wong Howe|
|Edited by||Leon Selditz|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Release dates||January 1957|
|Running time||92 minutes|
Drango is a 1957 American motion picture produced by Jeff Chandler's own production company Earlmar Productions, written and directed by Hall Bartlett, and released by United Artists. Starring Chandler in the title role, the film also features Ronald Howard, Joanne Dru, Julie London and Donald Crisp. Set in a fictional Georgia town in the months immediately following the American Civil War, the film depicts the efforts of a resolute Union Army officer who had participated in the destruction of the town during Sherman's March determined to heal the land he had previously harmed.
Union officers Major Drango and Captain Banning ride into a Georgia town ravaged by the Civil War and still bitter about the lives and property lost. Drango is the new military governor, but townspeople including Judge Allen and his son Clay make it clear that these Yankees are not welcome.
A local man seen as disloyal to the Confederacy is lynched. The man's daughter, Kate Calder, blames Drango for letting it happen.
Drango attempts to bring the men responsible to justice, but wealthy Shelby Ransom harbors the fugitives, including Clay, her lover. Union colonel Bracken finds fault with Drango for not being tough enough, so he confiscates the town's food supply and rations it. Clay's men stage a raid.
A doctor and newspaper editor offer Drango their support in restoring order. The newspaper office is set ablaze and the editor's young son is accidentally killed. Kate now sides with Drango, and an angered Shelby tries to order Clay from her home, but he slaps her and makes her lure Capt. Banning to an ambush.
Now even the judge is appalled by Clay's unlawful acts. He warns his son this must stop. Clay refuses to listen and shoots Drango, wounding him. He is about to kill Drango when a bullet from his father ends Clay's life, restoring law and order to the town.
- Jeff Chandler as Major Clint Drango
- Joanne Dru as Kate Calder
- Julie London as Shelby Ransom
- Donald Crisp as Judge Allen
- Ronald Howard as Clay Allen
- John Lupton as Capt. Marc Banning
- Walter Sande as Dr. Blair
- Milburn Stone as Col. Bracken
- Morris Ankrum as Henry Calder
- Parley Baer as George Randolph, Daily Herold
- Damian O'Flynn as Gareth Blackford
- Barney Phillips as Rev. Giles Cameron
- Charles Horvath as Ragan
- Katherine Warren as Mrs. Scott
- Chubby Johnson as Zeb
- David Stollery as Jeb Bryant
- Edith Evanson as Mrs. Blackford
- Anthony Jochim as Stryker the School Teacher
- Amzie Strickland as Mrs. George Randolph
- Mimi Gibson as Ellen Bryant
- Helen Wallace as Mrs. Allen
- Paul Lukather as Burke
- Bing Russell as Lieutenant with Supply Wagon
- Chuck Webster as Boy with Chicken
- David Saber as Tommy Randolph
- Phil Chambers as Luke
- James Murphy as Bartender
- Rex Allen as Himself - Singer of Title Song (voice)