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During the 1951 rout of the American army in Korea, a battle-hardened sergeant tries to reinvigorate his men with a bugle picked up by the side of the road.


Frank Borzage


William Tunberg


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Episode cast overview:
Rory Calhoun ... Master Sgt. Norris
Bobby Driscoll ... Pvt. Zane
Richard Crane ... Pvt. Archer
Douglas Dick ... Cpl. Carlson
Michael Emmet Michael Emmet ... Capt. Harris
Jim Goodwin ... Pvt. Jones (as James Goodwin)
Robert Arthur ... 1st Soldier
Wright King ... 2nd Soldier
Ron Gans Ron Gans ... 3rd Soldier (as Ron Kennedy)
Bill White Jr. Bill White Jr. ... 4th Soldier


During the 1951 rout of the American army in Korea, a battle-hardened sergeant tries to reinvigorate his men with a bugle picked up by the side of the road.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance





Release Date:

12 October 1955 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title comes from the lyrics Horace Lorenzo Trim composed for the bugle call known as 'Taps': "Day is done, gone the sun," etc. Often times the tune is referred to as "Day is Done" or "Butterfield's Lullaby," the latter title named for Brigadier General Daniel Butterfield, a Union officer during the Civil War who is credited with composing the tune. Traditionally, 'Taps' are played at military funerals and memorials, hence the bugle call Pvt. Zane plays over the dead body of his sergeant. See more »

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Oddly Unaffecting
11 January 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Lacklustre drama whose elements flatten out rather than coalesce into compelling narrative. The concept itself is a tricky one— how the role of bugle calls serve to rally a listless army platoon in the Korean War, 1951. Now making bugle calls the central element of a war drama means that the drama really has to come from the human elements who reflect the effects of the call. Trouble is that Bobby Driscoll (Prvt. Zane), in a central role, should register the emotional change, but instead either doesn't get the proper coaching or simply walks through his part. Nor does he or his platoon show fear when the enemy (Chinese) attacks. Yet it's really from a background of fear that real courage emerges. Showing how a bugle can galvanize troops to overcome natural fear is what the drama needs to do, but crucially doesn't. For some reason ace director Borzage (Moonrise, {1948}) fails to move his cast into the appropriate mood changes. Even the potentially powerful ending appears more listless than involving. In fact, the production as a whole seems oddly detached. Thus we're left with a basically unrealized potential. Too bad.

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