Rousing Raoul Walsh Western Starring Troy Donahue
A Distant Trumpet,Troy Donahue and Warner Bros had a great collaboration starting with “A Summer Place” and following with “Parrish” “Susan Slade” “Rome Adventure” and “Palm Springs Weekend” where Troy was always first billed over stars such as Claudette Colbert, Karl Marlden and Angie Dickinson, etc. Jack Warner obviously decided it was time to ramp up the Troy Donahue films and assigned veteran and legendary director Raoul Walsh who directed many of Warner Bros. greatest stars such as Errol Flynn in this rousing action drama. In addition William Clothier another stalwart professional of great films was the Cinematographer. First rate Warner Bros. production values and great action scenes crafted by Raoul Walsh, and some fine acting by a cast of supporting players makes this a fine film to watch anytime. Thumping Max Steiner score is tops.
Warners in the 1960’s had a large group of fine contract players and Jack Warner slotted them in major Warner Bros films when he could so look here for Diane McBain and William Reynolds -both WB contract players- in this film. For Diane McBain this was her second film with Troy Donahue after “Parrish” and Suzanne Pleshette who married Troy Donahue after “Rome Adventure” is also cast.Very effective western with a splendid rousing memorable Max Steiner score.