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The Drum(1938)

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This film was also released in Great Britain under the title The Drum. The British release of the film was 104 minutes, 8 minutes longer than the American version. After the opening credits, the movie is prefaced with the note, "London Films Productions wish to record their appreciation of the valuable assistance extended to them by His Highness the Mohtar of Chitral during the making of this picture." According to publicity, the film required a cast of 3,000 and marked the first time filming was done beyond the Khyber. Hollywood Reporter noted the authentic shots of this region and Peshawar. Tokot was a fictitious city, and the company's location was at Chitral, India, where the temperature reached 130 degrees. According to modern sources, the cast also included Alf Goddard as Private Kelly, and the following additional credits: Robert Krasker (Camera Operator), Edward Colman (Special Effects), Christopher Challis and Geoffrey Unsworth (col tech), Maurice Harley (Assistant Editor), and Andre de Toth (Production Assistant). Modern sources also add that Ferdinand Bellan assisted Vincent Korda on color setting design and that Miklos Rozsa also contributed to Greenwood's musical score. Most of the exteriors were shot in the hills outside Harlech in Wales, as Korda wanted to avoid the expensive location difficulties experienced the previous year with another Sabu vehicle, Elephant Boy.