The Drum (1938)

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The Drum (released in the U.S. as Drums) is a 1938 British Technicolor film from the book The Drum by A. E. W. Mason. The film was directed by Zoltan Korda and produced by Alexander Korda. It starred Sabu Dastagir, Raymond Massey, Roger Livesey, and Valerie Hobson.

Korda's company London Films made three films in the 1930s about the British Empire: Sanders of the River (1936), The Drum and The Four Feathers (1939). They are often known as the Empire trilogy, though they were not conceived as such. Even when they were released, their Victorian views of the empire and its peoples were already somewhat old-fashioned.

The film was well received in Britain but caused protests against the movie when shown in Bombay and Madras, where it was considered by many to be British propaganda.