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The Trumpet Blows (1934)

 |  Drama  |  14 April 1934 (USA)
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In Mexico, a former bandit settles down and picks out a beautiful young dancer to be his wife. His younger brother also comes home after having spent years in the U.S., and falls in love ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Manuel Montes
Pancho Montes / Pancho Gomez
Frances Drake ...
Pepi Sancho
Edward Ellis ...
Nydia Westman ...
Carmela Ramirez
Douglas Wood ...
Senor Ramirez
Lillian Elliott ...
Senora Ramirez
Katherine DeMille ...
Lupe the Maid
Francis McDonald ...
Morgan Wallace ...
Police Inspector
Gertrude Norman ...
Grandma Albrentez


In Mexico, a former bandit settles down and picks out a beautiful young dancer to be his wife. His younger brother also comes home after having spent years in the U.S., and falls in love with his brother's intended fiancé. Rather than cause problems, the younger brother goes to Mexico City to become a matador. While there, he gets word that the police, who have been hunting his brother, have finally captured him. Written by

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14 April 1934 (USA)  »

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Ao Soar do Clarim  »

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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


Pancho Gomez: What I do and say at that grave is my affair. It's my grave, isn't it? Isn't it me who's buried there?
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The Red Cape
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Only when he opens his mouth
20 October 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

There's been quite a bit of criticism for The Trumpet Blows and it mostly centers around George Raft and his performance. But the criticism I believe is for the wrong reason.

One has to remember that George Raft with his sleek and dark looks got his first break in show business as a tango dancer in the tradition of Rudolph Valentino. And when he wears those tight fitting Mexican costumes he looks every inch the part and I'm sure that's what Paramount thought when they cast him.

The problem is that the second he opened his mouth out came the speech patterns of urban America. Raft was not that good an actor to convince otherwise. Note that Tyrone Power of Irish background born in Cincinnati, Ohio had one of his greatest roles as a Spanish matador in Blood And Sand. No one ever claimed he wasn't Hispanic looking or acting enough.

Not a Latino in the bunch, but the rest of the cast was all right and that was probably the reason.

Also the plot was from hunger. We're asked to believe that Raft was young enough to have never found out that his brother Adolphe Menjou was the notorious bandit Pancho Gomez. Menjou and Raft sure don't look that far apart in age. The two act very silly over the lovely Frances Drake who Raft steals from Menjou.

Of course Menjou was trying to fix Raft up with Nydia Westman. I might have wanted to take some vengeance on him for that.

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