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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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2nd Lt. Matthew 'Matt' Hazard
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Mrs. Kitty Mainwarring
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Laura Frelief - Quaint's niece
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Maj. Gen. Alexander Upton Quaint
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1st Lt. Teddy Mainwarring
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Seely Jones
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Secretary of War
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Capt. Cedric Gray MD
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Maj. Hiram Prescott
Bobby Bare ...
Pvt. Cranshaw
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Sgt. Kroger
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Sgt. Fry
Mary Patton ...
Mrs. Jessica Prescott
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Capt. Brinker - Judge Advocate's office
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Maj. Miller
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guy Eltsosis ...
Trooper (uncredited)
Don Pulford ...
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Aide to Secretary Of War (uncredited)

Directed by

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Raoul Walsh

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John Twist ... (screenplay)
 
Richard Fielder ... (adaptation) and
Albert Beich ... (adaptation)
 
Paul Horgan ... (novel)

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William H. Wright ... producer

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Max Steiner

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William H. Clothier ... director of photography (as William Clothier)

Film Editing by

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David Wages

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William L. Campbell ... (as William Campbell)

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William L. Kuehl

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Howard Shoup ... (costumes designed by)

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Gordon Bau ... makeup supervisor
Jean Burt Reilly ... supervising hair stylist
Ann Saunders ... hair stylist (uncredited)

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William Kissell ... assistant director (as William Kissel)
Russell Saunders ... assistant director

Sound Department

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Francis E. Stahl ... sound

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Ralph Webb ... special effects (uncredited)

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Jerry Brown ... stunts (uncredited)
Roydon Clark ... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach ... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Hart ... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins ... stunts (uncredited)
Walt La Rue ... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... stunts (uncredited)
Erwin Neal ... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith ... stunt double: Claude Akins (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Neil Summers ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen ... stunts (uncredited)

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Dudie Maschmeyer ... grip (uncredited)
Ralph Owen ... gaffer (uncredited)
Jack Woods ... still photographer (uncredited)

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Alexis Davidoff ... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Fern Vollner ... wardrobe: women (uncredited)

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Murray Cutter ... orchestrator

Transportation Department

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Frank Khoury ... driver (uncredited)

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John S. Peters ... military consultant and advisor (as Capt. J.S. Peters USA Retired)
Edward Hohler ... script supervisor (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Pulitzer Prize Winner Paul Horgan's savage and stirring story of the Last of the Great Indian Wars! See more »
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Also Known As
  • La charge de la huitième brigade (France)
  • Una trompeta lejana (Spain)
  • Una trompeta lejana (Chile)
  • Zafere dogru (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • O trompeta indepartata (Romania)
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  • 117 min
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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Reel Injun (2009). 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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