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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
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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.See more »
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Only when he opens his mouth, 20 October 2013
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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