A Distant Trumpet

  • Film
  • Action and adventure
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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. Brilliantly shot by William Clothier, it tends to have its cake and eat it by indulging in a spectacular massacre before introducing the liberal message, but still goes further than most in according respect to the Indian by letting him speak his own language (with subtitles). The laconic mastery here belies the accusations of decline levelled at Walsh, even if many of his later films were disappointing.

Release details

Duration: 116 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Raoul Walsh
Screenwriter: John Twist
Cast: Troy Donahue
Suzanne Pleshette
James Gregory
Diane McBain
William Reynolds
Claude Akins
Judson Pratt
Bartlett Robinson
Bobby Bare
Richard X Slattery
Larry Ward
Kent Smith
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