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A Distant Trumpet (1964)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  30 May 1964 (USA)
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West Point graduate Lt.Hazard is posted to Fort Delivery,Arizona,where he has to deal with lax discipline,romantic complications,Apaches and his conflicting feelings toward the Indians.



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Cast overview:
2nd Lt. Matthew 'Matt' Hazard
Mrs. Kitty Mainwarring
Diane McBain ...
Laura Frelief (Quaint's niece)
Maj. Gen. Alexander Upton Quaint
William Reynolds ...
1st Lt. Teddy Mainwarring
Seely Jones
Kent Smith ...
Secretary of War
Judson Pratt ...
Capt. Cedric Gray MD
Bartlett Robinson ...
Maj. Hiram Prescott
Bobby Bare ...
Pvt Cranshaw
Larry Ward ...
Sgt. Kroger
Richard X. Slattery ...
Sgt. Fry
Mary Patton ...
Mrs. Jessica Prescott
Capt. Brinker (Judge Advocate's office)
Lane Bradford ...
Maj. Miller


Lt. Hazard, fresh out of West Point, arrives in Arizona Territory at hot, dusty, Fort Delivery. Appalled by the lax discipline of its troops, he restricts their privileges and subjects them to arduous drills. At the same time, he finds himself falling in love with Kitty, the wife of his commanding officer. This romance is complicated when his fiancee from Back East decides to pay a visit. Troubles with the local Indians, however, soon force Hazard to concentrate on his military duties which sometimes conflict with his sympathy for the Indians' cause. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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30 May 1964 (USA)  »

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Die blaue Eskadron  »

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Pvt Cranshaw: I wish that there was some way that you could cut regulations and bring her out here. It sure would make things more tolerable. She could even sleep with me, just like at home.
2nd Lt. Matthew 'Matt' Hazard: You can't bring your wife out here until you are a three striper.
Pvt Cranshaw: Wife, sir? I ain't got none.
2nd Lt. Matthew 'Matt' Hazard: Well, you can't take your girlfriend into the barracks, either!
Pvt Cranshaw: She ain't no human girl. She's the best old blue-tick coonhound in Kentuck.
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An "A" movie with a "B" cast
13 January 2001 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

This may have started out as an "A" production and its visual elements are certainly first-rate. The ever-reliable William Clothier contributes sparkling color photography which fills the wide-screen with some of the most impressive vistas you're ever likely to see in a western. Unfortunately, by casting Troy Donahue in the lead role, Warner Bros. indicated it was relegating this production to "B" status, and the result is just another cavalry-and-Indians movie. Suzanne Pleshette shows promise as "Kitty" but it's hard to do good work when one's leading man is of the Ken-doll variety. Diane McBain has little to work with as the fiancee and merely adds to the feeling that "A Distant Trumpet" is a spin-off from Warner Bros. stable of TV westerns. At least the cavalry soldiers actually get dusty in this movie, and there's a good scene of Bobby Bare being branded on the back for cowardice.

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