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A Distant Trumpet (1964)

Approved | | Western | 30 May 1964 (USA)
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.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

John Twist (screenplay), Richard Fielder (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Troy Donahue ... 2nd Lt. Matthew 'Matt' Hazard
Suzanne Pleshette ... Mrs. Kitty Mainwarring
Diane McBain ... Laura Frelief - Quaint's Niece
James Gregory ... Maj. Gen. Alexander Upton Quaint
William Reynolds ... 1st Lt. Teddy Mainwarring
Claude Akins ... Seely Jones
Kent Smith ... Secretary of War
Judson Pratt ... Capt. Cedric Gray MD
Bartlett Robinson ... Maj. Hiram Prescott
Bobby Bare Bobby Bare ... Pvt. Cranshaw
Larry Ward ... Sgt. Kroger
Richard X. Slattery ... Sgt. Fry
Mary Patton Mary Patton ... Mrs. Jessica Prescott
Russell Johnson ... Capt. Brinker - Judge Advocate's office
Lane Bradford ... Maj. Miller
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Storyline

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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Pulitzer Prize Winner Paul Horgan's savage and stirring story of the Last of the Great Indian Wars! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die blaue Eskadron See more »

Filming Locations:

Leupp, Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the final film directed by Raoul Walsh before his death on December 31, 1980 at the age of 93. See more »

Quotes

2nd Lt. Matthew 'Matt' Hazard: All right, now take a good look at them. It's going to make killing Apaches a lot easier They were buried alive. Those ants are eating their brains out!
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Featured in Rich Hall's Inventing the Indian (2012) See more »

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An "A" movie with a "B" cast
13 January 2001 | by dinky-4See 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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