Camden Public Library is again offering its free Movies in the Amphitheatre series featuring classics and favorites as part of its American Cultural Journey programs throughout the summer. The films are all on Tuesday evenings at dusk. In addition to movies, the library offers programs including lectures, music concerts, and the adult summer reading program. The library is grateful for the support of the First Bancorp as a sponsor of the summer series of programs.

“Drums Along the Mohawk” is the next movie featured, to be screened Tuesday, July 26 at 8:15 p.m. The 1939 movie, director John Ford’s first color film, vividly recreates the adventures of Mohawk Valley pioneers during the Revolutionary War and is based on the 1936 novel of the same name by Walter D. Edmonds. In 1776, American colonists Gilbert Martin (Henry Fonda) and Lana Borst (Claudette Colbert) marry and leave her luxurious home in Albany, N.Y., for a small farm in Deerfield on the western frontier of the Mohawk Valley in central New York. Lana has difficulty in adjusting to frontier life, but soon is working alongside her husband.

The Tories and Mohawks attack German Flatts, and the settlers take refuge in Fort Herkimer. As ammunition runs short, Martin makes a dash through enemy lines to secure help from nearby Fort Dayton. As the Indians scale the walls of the fort, reinforcements arrive from Fort Dayton. The Indians are overwhelmed. After the battle, the settlers learn the revolution has ended, and the American flag is unfurled above the fort.

The film was well received, was nominated for two Academy Awards and became a major box office success. It runs 104 minutes.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.