Sergeant "Hap" Doan, heartbroken that the Nineteenth Cavalry, in which he has served for so many years, is to be mechanized and replenished with twenty recent draftees, goes on a drinking ... See full summary »

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writers:

(story), (story) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mokey (1942)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Mokey is an eight-year-old boy whose father gives him too little attention and whose stepmother misunderstands him. His misdeeds are due to neglect and misunderstanding on the part of his elders.

Director: Wells Root
Stars: Dan Dailey, Donna Reed, Robert Blake
Apache Trail (1942)
Certificate: Passed Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The brother of a notorious outlaw is put in a charge of a stagecoach line way station in dangerous Apache territory. A stagecoach arrives at the station with a valuable box of cargo, and ... See full summary »

Directors: Richard Thorpe, Richard Rosson
Stars: Lloyd Nolan, Donna Reed, William Lundigan
Wyoming (1940)
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

With the army after him and his partner deserting, Reb decides that a change of scenery would be nice so he heads for Wyoming with Dave. To show his gratitude to Dave, he steals his horse ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Wallace Beery, Leo Carrillo, Ann Rutherford
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A hard-line judge is tempted toward mercy-killing by his wife's terminal cancer.

Director: Michael Gordon
Stars: Fredric March, Edmond O'Brien, Florence Eldridge
Jackass Mail (1942)
Certificate: Passed Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Tiny Tucker delivers mail and attracted to her, Just Baggot becomes her new carrier. When he kills a man in a gunfight, the man's son joins him in the deliveries and they become good ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Wallace Beery, Marjorie Main, J. Carrol Naish
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Chase across the country romance.

Director: Frank Woodruff
Stars: Gene Raymond, Wendy Barrie, Hedda Hopper
Blackout (1940)
Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Early in World War II, Danish sea captain Andersen, delayed in a British port, tangles with German spies.

Director: Michael Powell
Stars: Conrad Veidt, Valerie Hobson, Hay Petrie
Big Jack (1949)
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An outlaw finds a place in his gang for a grave-robbing doctor.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Wallace Beery, Richard Conte, Marjorie Main
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An ex-police/army dog (German Shepherd), named Rex inherits a fortune from an eccentric millionaire. But someone poisons him for his fortune, and he gets to go back to earth as a human ... See full summary »

Director: Lou Breslow
Stars: Dick Powell, Peggy Dow, Joyce Holden
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Anna Neagle, Sylvia Syms. Poor Anna just can't seem to 'straighten out' her delinquent daughter. Her path eventually leads to crime, rebellion, death, and redemption. Her sleazy boryfriend ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wilcox
Stars: Anna Neagle, Sylvia Syms, Norman Wooland
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An otherwise moral captain of a charter boat becomes financially strapped and is drawn into illegal activities in order to keep up payments on his boat.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: John Garfield, Patricia Neal, Phyllis Thaxter
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A down-and-out writer being hounded by collectors stumbles upon dead man lying under a fallen tree limb. Little did he know the man had been murdered, and he concocts a scheme of exchanging... See full summary »

Director: Harold French
Stars: Robert Newton, Betty Lynne, Peter Gawthorne
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Col. Jack Lawton
...
'Russ' Russell
Henry O'Neill ...
Lt. Col. Harry Seton
...
Sally Hanson
...
Sgt. Larry Dillon
...
Joe 'Joey' Hanson
Tom Dugan ...
Sgt. Strong
...
Sgt. Krims (as Guinn Williams)
Ernest Whitman ...
Cartaret
Roman Bohnen ...
Mr. Leech
...
Mr. Nichols
...
Hank
Jonathan Hale ...
Brigadier-General
Edit

Storyline

Sergeant "Hap" Doan, heartbroken that the Nineteenth Cavalry, in which he has served for so many years, is to be mechanized and replenished with twenty recent draftees, goes on a drinking spree. He rails about leaving the Army, but is there when the draftees arrive, ready to make good soldiers out of them. When his horse, Cantigny, is killed by the explosion of a tank that had been sabotaged by Nazi-agents, he goes AWOL, and is court-martialed upon his return and given a dishonorable discharge. But he is under secret orders from his Commanding Officer to join the gang of German spies, who have every reason to believe they can trust the disgruntled ex-sergeant.. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

sergeant | tank | spy | soldier | horse | See All (47) »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 December 1942 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Steel Cavalry  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

MGM constructed replicas of Fort Knox, Kentucky and Fort Lewis, Washington on its back lot. See more »

Goofs

Col. Lawton takes the secret orders for the overseas tank shipments out of his safe twice. See more »

Quotes

Russell 'Russ': I get up and fight my weight in wildcats before breakfast.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in We Must Have Music (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Black Joe
(1860) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
First line ("Gone are the days") sung a cappella by Dick Winslow with slightly modified lyrics
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Sound Retreat
6 May 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In real life Wallace Beery was far from the lovable oaf he was normally cast as. In fact he could be one downright nasty person. But such was his public image and MGM made a lot of money off that image. In the case of The Bugle Sounds however, the image was strained beyond belief in a film that could never be made other than for propaganda purposes during World War II.

Beery like George S. Patton in real life is an old horse cavalry soldier who is not crazy about the fact that cavalry is a thing of the past. Of course if he was any kind of observant during World War I where it is said he served as well as in the Pancho Villa campaign, he would have seen just how useless horses are in the trench warfare that was World War I in France. Patton sure adapted to mechanized warfare, but Beery just can't get it.

Nevertheless when Colonel Lewis Stone orders him to whip some of those new draftees into shape for the new mechanized army he does what he's told. But when one of the tanks goes awry and kills his favorite old campaign horse, Beery goes bonkers.

There's also some nasty sabotage afoot here led by cashiered soldier George Bancroft and Jerome Cowan in a laughable Teutonic accent. It all gets pretty silly before the film is over.

Marjorie Main was opposite Beery as she was in many films, but even their on screen chemistry couldn't do much here. And believe me the chemistry was strictly on screen. I don't know how much good The Bugle Sounds did for young Donna Reed as the earnest young wife of William Lundigan, one of Beery's recruits. Beery works for Main at her greasy spoon restaurant.

Even the presence of such scene stealing players as Eddie Acuff, Guinn Williams, and Chill Wills all playing sergeants and Beery's peers in terms of military service don't elevate this film.

The Bugle Sounds is a textbook case of the military propaganda film rendered laughable by time. And a great example of what MGM gave Wallace Beery to sell before the American movie-going public.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Bugle Sounds (1942) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?