Drums Across the River

Drums Across the River is a 1954 American Technicolor Western film directed by Nathan Juran and starring Audie Murphy, Walter Brennan and Lyle Bettger.[1]

Drums Across the River
Directed byNathan Juran
Produced byMelville Tucker
Screenplay byJohn K. Butler
Lawrence Roman
Story byJohn K. Butler
StarringAudie Murphy
Walter Brennan
Lyle Bettger
CinematographyHarold Lipstein
Edited byVirgil W. Vogel
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • June 1954 (1954-06)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States


Gary Brannon, is a peaceful homesteader living a quiet existence with his father Sam. Frank Walker is hoping to open up the Ute Indian territory for gold-mining purposes and tries to foment a war between the Utes and the local whites, while he steals a gold shipment and pins the blame on Gary. Gary starts off hating the Utes because they were responsible for killing his mother but gradually comes to be on their side and wants to expose the machinations of Walker.



The film was shot mostly on the Universal backlot, with location filming at Barton Flats, California. This was Murphy's last film with Nathan Juran.[2]


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