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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)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


Manuel Lopez: Come here. Pour my coffee.
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Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Preposterous vehicle for Paramount sex star George Raft
10 July 2014 | by (NYC suburbs) – See all my reviews

THE TRUMPET BLOWS ...and so does the movie but it can also be amusing, especially if you like the stars. Manuel Montes (George Raft), a New York-educated Mexican (hence the accent), comes home to his brother Pancho's (Adolph Menjou) ranch and finds himself being set up for an arranged marriage but before that can happen, he falls in love with fiery dancer Chulita Valdez (a sultry Frances Drake) not knowing she's his brother's intended. In order not to cause a family rift, Raft runs off to become a famous matador and the usual complications ensue (a goring, Pancho revealed to be a notorious bandito, Manuelito denouncing Chulita) before things come to a head in a Mexico City bullring.

Frances Drake does a hot rumba and except for a brief spin around the dance floor, she doesn't do it with George -but since this is Pre-Code (albeit the tail end), she does spend the night with him. It's preposterous nonsense for sure and Mexican accents come and go but Georgie looks cute in his matador suit and yes, of course there were Latino actors in Hollywood at the time but, again, Paramount found a project for its star and not the other way around (Raft isn't billed above the title for nothing). Other Hollywood "exotics" in the offbeat (to say the least) cast include Sidney Toler & Katherine De Mille.

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