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The Day of the Trumpet (1958)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance, War | November 1963 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Sgt. Judd Norcutt
Pancho Magalona ...
Captain Magno Maxalla
Alicia Vergel ...
Sgt. Jim Heisler
Pvt. Steve Haines
Lt. Worth
Cielito Legaspi ...
Eddie Infante ...
San Pascual's Priest
Roy Planas ...
Tibo Maxalla
Max Alvarado ...


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 Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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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 »

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Historical hogwash as well as a bad film
13 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am an American born and bred from immigrants, and I love my country, not for its mistakes, which sometimes seem to build on themselves, but for the fabulous promise it holds.

So I am surprised that Eddie Romero, a Filipino who should know his own country's history, is the director of this film, a prime example of inaccurate history and bad film making as well.

This film is in no way an accurate depiction of the interaction between Americans and Filipinos at the time shown. And I would hate to believe that it would be received as such.

Before anyone is offended by my review, let me state first that it is historically inaccurate.

Unlike the conditions depicted in this film, the United States was a far worse occupier of the Philippines at this time than the Spanish before them The Spanish at least came to recognize the national aspirations of the Filipinos to some degree. The U.S. Army, however, considered the Filipinos subhuman and raped the women and killed the men without remorse. Ask me to verify this. I can.

No surprise, then, that there was a popular insurrection against the American occupation. The racist attitude of the Americans never completely went away, but eventually a peace of sorts came to be and improved dramatically over time. By World War II, the Filipinos were with us against the Japanese, who were the most brutal occupiers in modern history.

But 40 years earlier, in 1902, the American Army was still indiscriminately slaughtering people who wanted their freedom and their own nation. To help rule the Philippines, the Americans set up an elite class of quislings as the ruling class, a pragmatic mistake that haunts the Philippines to this day and is responsible for their systemic inability to rule themselves effectively.

Before this seems like a condemnation of the United States, let me note the following: The United States had promised before World War 2 to grant the Phillipines their independence in 1946 and, unlike other Western powers, who were interested in holding on to their colonies, the United States did exactly that on July 4, 1946--less than a year after the end of the war-- much to their everlasting credit.

This review was deleted once before because someone was offended by it, which is not the best of reasons. If IMDb has a problem with this review, I ask them to contact me before deleting my review. I am not speaking out of the wrong end, and I can prove it.

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