A Distant Trumpet (1964)

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This western, set in the Painted Desert and Red Rocks region of Arizona during 1883, chronicles the exploits of a young lieutenant assigned to a lonely fort. While he is there, an enormous Indian battle erupts. Meanwhile the randy officer finds himself involved with two lovely women. One of them becomes his wife.

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Cast

Troy Donahue
as 2nd Lt. Matthew 'Matt' Hazard
Suzanne Pleshette
as Mrs. Kitty Mainwarring
Diane McBain
as aura Frelief (Quaint's niece)
James Gregory
as Maj. Gen. Alexander Upton Quaint
William Reynolds
as Lt. Theo Mainwaring
Claude Akins
as Seely Jones
Kent Smith
as Secretary of War
Judson Pratt
as Capt. Cedric Gray
Bartlett Robinson
as Maj. Hiram Prescott
Bobby Bare
as Cranshaw
Larry Ward
as Sgt. Kroger
Mary Patton
as Jessica Prescott
Russell Johnson
as Capt. Brinker
Lane Bradford
as Maj. Miller
Guy El Tsosie
as Trooper (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for A Distant Trumpet

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

It takes a heap of loafing to make a Western film so dull you even lose interest in watching the horses and the stunt men doing their stuff.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Walsh's last film, saddled with an average script and a colourless lead performance from Donahue, but nevertheless emerging as a majestically simple, sweeping cavalry Western, a little reminiscent of Ford in mood and manner.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Raoul Walsh's direction is generally competent, but the climactic battle strategy is a bit fuzzy. Donahue's range of expression is very slim.

Feb 23, 2012 | Full Review…
Variety
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The result is impressive: a handsome, intelligent cavalry western.

Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This film was, unfortunately, a less-than-glorious exit for the great Raoul Walsh, who simply made a B-western on a big budget.

Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Almost two hours is much too long for all this.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

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