This 1927 silent adventure was a remake of the 1916 film of the sane name, this versions starred popular child actor Jackie Coogan, playing Billy Randolph an ingratiating but mischievous 12 year old bugle boy living with his stepmother, Alice Tremayne ( Claire Windsor ) at a frontier fort. Herbert Rawlinson portrays cavalry Capt. Randolph, whose heroism is established in his battles with hostile Indians. Young Coogan, following a stream of sentimental scenes including those in which he displays grief for his departed mother, gets the chance to rescue the garrison with his trusty bugle. The cavalry-versus-Indian drama has several good battles with the hostiles and provides the screen debut of Johnny Mack Brown.
Produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, The Bugle Boy now remains a lost film. Surviving film stills and lobby cards show plenty of exciting action, and Claire Windsor beautifully dressed in period costumes along with Jackie Coogan proudly wearing his costume holding his prized bugle.
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