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14 April 1934 (USA) See more »
In Mexico, a former bandit settles down and picks out a beautiful young dancer to be his wife. His younger... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

George Raft ... Manuel Montes

Adolphe Menjou ... Pancho Montes / Pancho Gomez
Frances Drake ... Chulita

Sidney Toler ... Pepi Sancho
Edward Ellis ... Chato

Nydia Westman ... Carmela Ramirez
Douglas Wood ... Senor Ramirez
Lillian Elliott ... Senora Ramirez

Katherine DeMille ... Lupe the Maid
Francis McDonald ... Vega
Morgan Wallace ... Police Inspector
Gertrude Norman ... Grandma Albrentez
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hooper Atchley ... Detective (uncredited)

Mischa Auer ... (uncredited)
Al Bridge ... Policeman (uncredited)
Howard Brooks ... Priest (uncredited)

Joyce Compton ... Blonde on Train (uncredited)
Aleth Hansen ... Singing Beggar (uncredited)
Charles Stevens ... Sheriff Mejias (uncredited)
E. Alyn Warren ... Stationmaster (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Roberts 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bartlett Cormack 
Wallace Smith 

Original Music by
Ralph Rainger 
Cinematography by
Harry Fischbeck 
Film Editing by
Ellsworth Hoagland 
Art Direction by
Wiard Ihnen 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Barton .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harold Lewis .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert A. Turnbull .... technical director

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72 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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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?See more »
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This plot blows, 22 October 2006
Author: ROCKY-19 from Arizona

This is probably the weakest film George Raft had to make for Paramount. Someone at the studio got it into his thick head that Raft, the Italian/German from Hell's Kitchen, should be playing Latin roles, and this is one of the painful results.

The plot, if it can be called that, in "The Trumpet Blows" is minor and still makes no sense. The casting is absurd. The movie is set in Mexico without one single legitimate Mexican accent. Though Raft's character Manuel Montes is supposed to have spent several years in the U.S. getting educated, that does not begin to explain a West Side accent. Nor does Adolph Menjou's always-indescribable accent ever fit in, not to mention Frances Drake, Sidney Toler or anyone else.

There are some very nice atmospheric shots, and footage of real bullfighting. Raft and Drake have some nice bits together. Menjou is entertaining, and not just for his hilariously skinny legs. Drake gets a flashy dance number (before the days when they made women cover their bellybuttons). But overall this is a weak, minor film.

Sidenote: This is the only film Menjou and Raft did together, but they had "met" back in the 1920s when Menjou was a major Broadway star and Raft had a celebrated dance act in night clubs and Vaudeville. According to Raft, Menjou came in late one night after closing and insisted they drag Raft out of bed to perform the dance number. Raft performed for him, Menjou expressed his appreciation and walked out without giving him a tip for the special performance. When they met up again years later in Hollywood, Raft reminded Menjou he owed him some money.

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