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The Day of the Trumpet (1958)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance, War | November 1963 (USA)
An American cavalry brigade is sent to occupy a small Filipino village in 1902 and quell guerilla resistance in the surrounding jungle. Working with the people to build roads, schools, and ... See full summary »


Eddie Romero (story and screenplay)


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Cast overview:
John Agar ... Sgt. Judd Norcutt
Pancho Magalona Pancho Magalona ... Capt. Magno Maxalla
Alicia Vergel Alicia Vergel ... Laura
Richard Arlen ... Sgt. Jim Heisler
William Phipps ... Pvt. Steve Haines
Myron Healey ... Lt. Worth
Cielito Legaspi Cielito Legaspi ... Clara
Eddie Infante Eddie Infante ... San Pascual's Priest
Roy Planas Roy Planas ... Tibo Maxalla
Max Alvarado Max Alvarado ... Carlo


An American cavalry brigade is sent to occupy a small Filipino village in 1902 and quell guerilla resistance in the surrounding jungle. Working with the people to build roads, schools, and bridges, they prove that the most important thing an army can have is "good will and integrity." Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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This was director Eddie Romero's first English-language film for international release. With Cirio H. Santiago of Premiere-People's Pictures and long-time collaborator Gerardo de Leon, he co-produced and directed this film, a period movie set in the early days of the American occupation of the Philippines. The American cast included John Agar, Richard Arlen, William Phipps and Myron Healey. The Filipino cast had Pancho Magalona, Alicia Vergel, Eddie Infante, Cielito, Boy Planas, Vic Diaz and Max Alvarado. At the Fifth Asian Festival held in Manila in April 1958, Boy Planas--who played the brother of Magno Maxalla (Pancho Magalona)--won the Best Child Actor award. The movie made its theatrical debut in the US in 1963 as "Cavalry Command" and was later released in home video with the same title. Alicia Vergel had a kissing scene with star John Agar. Her reaction: "It was my first movie kiss and I certainly hoped it was my last. I was so nervous that I didn't feel anything. [Producer] Cirio Santiago and [director] Eddie Romero were mad at me when we were shooting scenes in Vigan because I didn't like to do the kissing scene. It was only when we were back in Manila that I consented to go into the clinch". Vergel did the kissing sequence after viewing the first rushes of the picture; she suddenly realized that the picture would be dull in America without it. "Besides", she said, "I don't want it said Filipinos don't know how to kiss. But I insisted on only take, Agar commented he liked the kiss so much that he wanted one more take. But I lifted my Maria Clara dress and ran like the dickens, bawling all the while. Later, John teased me: 'I feel insulted. You are my first leading lady I kissed who cried'." See more »

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That one-star review was written by someone with historically inaccurate views
17 November 2013 | by tgow44See all my reviews

The previous one-star review of this film is remarkably ignorant of history,while incredibly disparaging the film's historical accuracy. The reviewer laments the involvement of director Eddie Romero--a Filipino--in what he considers a misrepresentation. Apparently the reviewer thinks that he knows Philippine history better than Filipinos themselves. Romero was not just hired to direct the movie, but he actually INITIATED it, and wrote the screenplay.

The reviewer makes the statement that the U.S. was actually a far worse ruling power in the Philippines than the Spanish had been before them, a comment so indefensibly ignorant that one can only shake one's head. He also says that the Spanish at least recognized the nationalist aspirations of Filipinos; perhaps the reviewer should read up on the lives of Jose Rizal, Jose Burgos, Mariano Gomez and Jacinto Zamora, all executed by the Spanish for daring to advocate equality for Filipinos in their own country. One can only conclude that the reviewer needs to read up more.

The film documents the arrival of the U.S. Cavalry in a small Filipino village and the trouble they have winning the trust of the citizens. On a cinematic level, the film is unspectacular, but adequate. The performances are all fine, and the viewer will get to see some popular Filipino actors of the day (Pancho Magalona, Alicia Vergel, character actor Eddie Infante, and an early appearance by Vic Diaz) along with the well-known Hollywood stars. But the presentation seems somewhat routine.

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