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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 »

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Western

Certificate:

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

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A Distant Trumpet is a Big Boring monotonous western
8 November 2010 | by mlschellSee all my reviews

A Distant Trumpet is a Big Boring western with an excess of monotonous wide screen Calvary maneuvers. By the way I do so like a good western. In fact I appreciate some mediocre and cult "B" type westerns, but this movie was not even bad enough to be laughable; it was just boring.

It's like the director was making a big movie that was suitable for preschoolers; no sex, no realistic violence, no believable fighting, limited dialogue. In fact the plot and dialogue was so limited that preschoolers could have played the parts.

This was director Raoul Walsh's last film, he was 77 years old; maybe his age, health, mental and physical stamina had something to do with the lackluster result of this final production.

A Distant Trumpet totally lacks drama; screen writers/director seem to have purposely limited character development and dialogue. The Indians were just there; you did not fear or feel sorry for them. The Indian fights were not believable. The deaths and injuries were staged and not believable. Calvary life was not believable. The whole cast was stiff and unbelievable. Suzanne Pleshette is the only one who had a moment or two where the audience could connect. On the whole it was stiff and there was no connection. Throughout watching this production, you never forget that you are watching a movie. The director must have been allergic to close-ups. Even the bad whiskey dealer and prostitutes were mere caricatures. This is an extremely disappointing production.


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