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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 epic novel of Indians and Indian-fighters. See more »

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Western

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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: There's nothing the matter with these recruits, sir. The matter is with the training and the discipline.
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Featured in Rich Hall's Inventing the Indian (2012) See more »

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Uncertain glory
4 March 2010 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Raoul Walsh's last movie and a western at that! He produced unforgettable classics of the genre such as " Colorado's territory" and "pursued ".

The movie suffers from a desultory script which mixes the Indian's plight with bland love affairs.The lead,Troy Donahue ,lacks charisma and is not very credible as a tough lieutenant .Diane McBain is as expressive as a Barbie Doll ,and only Suzanne Pleshette rises to the occasion.

There's a good use of the wide screen,a superb score by Max Steiner (with trumpets),a general who loves Latin quotations Julius Ceasar style (Veni Vidi Vici) That said,there's never a dull moment with Raoul Walsh .This is not his best or among his best ,but it's always good value.


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