An American cavalry brigade is sent to occupy a small Filipino village in 1902 and quell guerilla resistance in the surrounding jungle. Working with the people to build roads, schools, and bridges, they prove that the most important thing an army can have is "good will and integrity." Written by
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DESPERATE MEN...FIGHTING FOR LIFE AND LOVE IN A HOSTILE LAND! (original poster)
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Director Eddie Romero made his first English language film for international release in 1958. With Cirio H. Santiago of Premiere-People's Picture's and long-time collaborator Garry de Leon, he co-produced and directed THE DAY OF THE TRUMPET, a period movie on the early days of the American occupation in the Philippines. The American cast included John Agar, Richard Arlen, William Phipps and Myron Healey. The Filipino cast had Pancho Magalona, Allicia Vergel, Eddie Infante, Cielito, Boy Planas, Vic Diaz and Max Alvarado. At the Fifth Asian Festival held in Manila April 1958, Boy Planes, who had a memorable role as the boy who played Magno Maxalla's (Pancho Magalona) brother in the movie, won the Best Child Actor award. The movie made its theatrical run in the United Stares in 1953 and CAVALRY COMMAND and later released in home video with the same title. And that Alicia Vergel had a kissing scene with lead star. John Agar? Her reaction: "It was my first movie kiss and I certainly hope it was my last. I was so nervous that I didn't feel anything. Cirio Santiago (the producer) and Eddie Romero (the director) were mad at me when we were shooting scenes in Vigan because I didn't like to do the kissing scene. It was only when we were back in Manila that I consented to go into the clinch". Vergel did the kissing sequence after viewing the first rushes of the picture, she suddenly realized that the picture would be dull in America (the movie was for worldwide release) without the said scene, "Besides, I don't want it said Filipinos don't know how to kiss. But I insisted on only take, Agar commented he liked the kiss so much that he wanted one more take. But I lifted my Maria Clara dress and ran like the dickens, bawling all the while. Later, John teased me, I feel insulted. You are my first leading lady I kissed who cried, he said". (Jose Quirino)Source. See more