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In MGM's 1942 drama The Bugle Sounds Wallace Beery stars as "Hap" Doan, an aging Army cavalry sergeant on the brink of retirement who has dedicated his life to the American military. When the Army wants to replace the cavalry horses with modern tanks, Doan has a difficult time adjusting to the inevitable march of progress and resists it every step of the way. When a tragic accident occurs, Doan gets mixed up with some enemy saboteurs and must fight to save a group of U.S. soldiers from disaster. Marjorie Main plays Beery's no-nonsense sweetheart, and Donna Reed, in one of her earliest screen appearances, makes the most of a small role as a young Army bride.
The Bugle Sounds may have been shot in black and white, but its red, white and blue colors come through loud and clear. Shot with the full cooperation of the U.S. Army Department, the film extols the virtues of the armed forces and demonstrates the powerful force of Uncle Sam's modern tanks. The Army Department granted the production access to military bases in Kentucky and Washington state, resulting in some impressive real-life footage of training and combat drills throughout The Bugle Sounds.
Lewis Stone, George Bancroft, William Lundigan and Henry O'Neill round out the strong supporting cast of The Bugle Sounds, a film described by Variety as "packed with sound patriotic fervor, thrills and comedy...heightened by excellent performances by the stars..."
Producer: J. Walter Ruben
Director: S. Sylvan Simon
Screenplay: Cyril Hume (Screenplay), Lawrence Kimble, Cyril Hume (both story)
Cinematography: Clyde De Vinna
Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons
Music: Lennie Hayton; Daniele Amfitheatrof (uncredited)
Film Editing: Ben Lewis
Cast: Wallace Beery (Sergeant Patrick Aloysius 'Hap' Doan), Marjorie Main (Susie 'Suz'), Lewis Stone (Colonel Jack Lawton), George Bancroft (Russell 'Russ'), Henry O'Neill (Lieutenant Colonel Harry Seton), Donna Reed (Sally Hanson), Chill Wills (Sergeant Larry Dillon), William Lundigan (Joe 'Joey' Hanson), Tom Dugan (Sergeant Strong), Guinn Williams (Sergeant Krims).
BW-102m. Closed Captioning.
by Andrea Passafiume