The Trumpet Blows (1934)

68 or 72 mins | Drama | 13 April 1934

Director:

Stephen Roberts

Producer:

Albert Lewis

Cinematographer:

Harry Fischbeck

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, Wiard B. Ihnen

Production Company:

Paramount Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The title of Porter Emerson Browne and J. Parker Read, Jr.'s story was "Return of the Bad Man." According to a news item in HR , Lynn Starling was originally set to write the screenplay, and Mitchell Leisen was set to direct. HR announced on 22 Aug 1933 that Helen Twelvetrees had replaced Miriam Hopkins; later, Twelvetrees was also replaced. On 2 Nov 1933, HR announced that Adrienne Ames, who had been signed for the second female lead, had been pulled for unknown reasons. According to Var , the bullring scenes were edited out for the U.S. screenings of this film and were re-installed for screenings in Latin ... More Less

The title of Porter Emerson Browne and J. Parker Read, Jr.'s story was "Return of the Bad Man." According to a news item in HR , Lynn Starling was originally set to write the screenplay, and Mitchell Leisen was set to direct. HR announced on 22 Aug 1933 that Helen Twelvetrees had replaced Miriam Hopkins; later, Twelvetrees was also replaced. On 2 Nov 1933, HR announced that Adrienne Ames, who had been signed for the second female lead, had been pulled for unknown reasons. According to Var , the bullring scenes were edited out for the U.S. screenings of this film and were re-installed for screenings in Latin countries. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
15 Jan 34
p. 10.
Daily Variety
28 Mar 34
p. 3.
Film Daily
14-Apr-34
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Hollywood Reporter
22 Jun 33
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Aug 33
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Aug 33
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Nov 33
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Mar 34
p. 3.
International Photographer
1 Feb 34
p. 16.
Motion Picture Herald
7 Apr 34
p. 62.
New York Times
14 Apr 34
p. 18.
Variety
17 Apr 34
p. 18.
DETAILS
Release Date:
13 April 1934
Production Date:
began 15 January 1934
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
12 April 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4614
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
68 or 72
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Mexican bandit Pancho Gomez, who is assumed dead, survives in Corrales, Mexico as wealthy rancher Señor Montes. The bandit spent his life robbing the rich to give to the poor, who still honor his grave on All Saints Day. Eager to share his ranch with his kid brother, Manuel Montes, Pancho invites him to Mexico after he completes his American education and arranges for him to marry Carmela, the homely daughter of the prominent Ramirez family. When beautiful Spanish dancer Chulita arrives to perform at Manuel's graduation party, they fall quickly in love and spend the night together. Near dawn, Pancho confesses to Manuel his intention to propose to Chulita that morning, and Manuel runs away with his trainer Chato to become a bullfighter. Pancho is convinced that Manuel lacks the courage it takes to be a bullfighter as he was gored as a child, and disowns his brother. Chulita rejects Pancho's proposal and follows Manuel, but he rebuffs her in order to remain loyal to his brother. Manuel becomes a successful matador and is scheduled to fight at the Fiesta of Corrales, where Chulita will make her final appearance before returning to Spain. Pancho arrives at the hotel to be reconciled with Manuel and finds Chulita in his arms. He then accuses Manuel of being spineless for not admitting his love for Chulita and dares him to fight a real bull. At Corrales, Manuel finally is gored, but Chato insists the experience will build his strength and sets up a fight in Mexico City. Manuel's fear drives him to drink, and Chulita forces him to choose between her and bullfighting. He ... +


Mexican bandit Pancho Gomez, who is assumed dead, survives in Corrales, Mexico as wealthy rancher Señor Montes. The bandit spent his life robbing the rich to give to the poor, who still honor his grave on All Saints Day. Eager to share his ranch with his kid brother, Manuel Montes, Pancho invites him to Mexico after he completes his American education and arranges for him to marry Carmela, the homely daughter of the prominent Ramirez family. When beautiful Spanish dancer Chulita arrives to perform at Manuel's graduation party, they fall quickly in love and spend the night together. Near dawn, Pancho confesses to Manuel his intention to propose to Chulita that morning, and Manuel runs away with his trainer Chato to become a bullfighter. Pancho is convinced that Manuel lacks the courage it takes to be a bullfighter as he was gored as a child, and disowns his brother. Chulita rejects Pancho's proposal and follows Manuel, but he rebuffs her in order to remain loyal to his brother. Manuel becomes a successful matador and is scheduled to fight at the Fiesta of Corrales, where Chulita will make her final appearance before returning to Spain. Pancho arrives at the hotel to be reconciled with Manuel and finds Chulita in his arms. He then accuses Manuel of being spineless for not admitting his love for Chulita and dares him to fight a real bull. At Corrales, Manuel finally is gored, but Chato insists the experience will build his strength and sets up a fight in Mexico City. Manuel's fear drives him to drink, and Chulita forces him to choose between her and bullfighting. He chooses the fight and she goes to Pancho to beg him to change Manuel's mind. That night a robbery is committed and Pancho Gomez, whom some believe still lives, is blamed. Chulita realizes Montes is Gomez and tells him he cannot come to Mexico City or he will be caught. To prove his courage, Pancho goes with Chulita to Manuel and admits he is the bandit. Manuel antagonistically dares Pancho to attend the fight, where he kills the bull in honor of Pancho Gomez and reveals his brother's identity. As the police take Pancho away, Manuel is gored and Pancho runs into the ring to save him. Manuel gets up to usher his brother out of the ring, then kills the bull. Pancho's usually dim-witted companion cunningly announces that the real bandit can only be identified by a tattoo on his arm. When Pancho reveals an unmarked arm, he is exonorated. Manuel promises to retire from bullfighting in order to join Pancho on the ranch. +

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