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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 »

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

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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Referenced in Nueve cartas a Berta (1966) See more »

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ONE OF THE LAST GREAT WESTERN FILM ADVENTURES
4 June 2004 | by filmkrSee all my reviews

The more I watch this, the more I like it. Great epic scenes with a huge cast of soldiers, Indians, and horses in real American West settings. The wide screen Panavision photography (with original release prints in IB Technicolor) is excellent. CGI may be fine, but I have yet to see anything surpass the look of hundreds of REAL men on horses in stunning REAL outdoor settings.

As for the story, while I thought the book was very good, the way the characters are handled in the film is better in some ways, and the ending of the film much more to my liking.

One thing they did have to tone down from the book was the sex element. It appears WB even adjusted one sequence after prints were made up. This appears in Reel Two, where Matt Hazard (Tro Donahue) and Kitty Mainwarring (Susan Pleshette) are in thr cave together overnight. With Pleshette's back to audience line (apparently later dubbed in) says "Good night Matt" and there is an ABRUPT cut to daytime and troops coming into the fort. 35mm and 16mm prints I have seen all contain this SLICED cut. And the original 35mm trailer containing the cave sequence does not contain the "good night" line". I believe that originally there was an embrace and kiss between Troy and Suzanne and a DISSOLVE to the next scene (or fade out & in).

In any event, as Westerns go, this has a good story and looks better all the time, especially wide screen.


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