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Distant Trumpet
     

A Distant Trumpet

Director: Raoul Walsh, Troy Donahue, Suzanne Pleshette, Diane McBain

Cast: Raoul Walsh, Troy Donahue, Suzanne Pleshette, Diane McBain

 
Troy Donahue stars in this drive-in quality "B"-Western from the Warner Brothers backlot, directed by veteran director Raoul Walsh. Donahue is U.S. Cavalry Lieutenant Matt Hazard, who arrives at Fort Delivery on the Mexican border of Arizona for a new assignment. Kitty Mainwaring (Suzanne Pleshette), the wife of the commanding officer, greets Hazard upon his arrival.

Overview

Troy Donahue stars in this drive-in quality "B"-Western from the Warner Brothers backlot, directed by veteran director Raoul Walsh. Donahue is U.S. Cavalry Lieutenant Matt Hazard, who arrives at Fort Delivery on the Mexican border of Arizona for a new assignment. Kitty Mainwaring (Suzanne Pleshette), the wife of the commanding officer, greets Hazard upon his arrival. The next day, when he takes some of his men outside of the fort to gather wood, Hazard and his men find themselves attacked by Indians. Hazard survives and later saves Kitty from another Indian attack. A terrible storm forces the two to spend a night in a cave as they make their way back to the fort. Meanwhile, the new commander, General Quait (James Gregory), arrives at the fort and takes command -- his first order of business to launch an all-out war on the Indians. He tries to capture the belligerent Indian Chief War Eagle but fails. When Hazard arrives back at the fort, Quait orders Hazard into Mexico to convince War Eagle to surrender. Hazard has War Eagle agree to return with him on the promise that the Indians can have a safe haven at an Arizona reservation. But, on their way back to the fort, they are met by Major Miller (Lane Bradford), who, instead, orders the Indians to be sent to Florida. Hazard and Quaint end up traveling to Washington to try to convince the United States government to reverse their decision against the Indians.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Director Raoul Walsh ended a distinguished career with the middling, run-of-the-mill A Distant Trumpet. Walsh by this time could have made a Western in his sleep, and it at times feels as if that's what he did here. Granted, the director was working with two disadvantages: the so-so screenplay and the deadly lack of acting skills of leading man Troy Donahue. It has to be admitted that there's not a lot that could be done with either one. The plot is okay, neither great nor terrible, although it does get a bit confused as to how it wants to treat Native Americans. But the writers don't take the plot and make it into anything of any real interest. Worse, Donahue drains the screen of any interest whenever he appears. His performance is one-note and wooden, and he lacks the power that a Western star needs in order to hold the film together and, ultimately, force it to make sense. Walsh does have feisty Suzanne Pleshette on hand, and she enlivens things, and there's some decent work from Diane McBain and James Gregory. But the only part of Trumpet that is really exceptional is the stunning cinematography by the dependably William Clothier, creating gorgeous vistas that do tend to knock one's socks off.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2009
UPC:
0883316126646
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:57:00
Sales rank:
8,764

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Troy Donahue Lt. Matthew Hazard
Suzanne Pleshette Kitty
Diane McBain Laura
James Gregory Gen. Quait
William Reynolds Lt. Theo Mainwaring
Claude Akins Seely Jones
Kent Smith Secretary of War
Judson Pratt Capt. Cedric Gray
Bartlett Robinson Maj. Hiram Prescott
Bobby Bare Cranshaw
Richard X. Slattery Slattery
Mary Patton Jessica Prescott
Lane Bradford Maj. Miller
Russell Johnson Capt. Brinker
Larry Ward Sgt. Kroger

Technical Credits
Raoul Walsh Director
Albert Beich Screenwriter
William L. Campbell Art Director
William H. Clothier Cinematographer
Richard Fielder Screenwriter
Howard Shoup Costumes/Costume Designer
Max Steiner Score Composer
Derek N. Twist Screenwriter
John Twist Screenwriter
David Wages Editor
William H. Wright Producer

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