The Trumpet Blows

The Trumpet Blows is a 1934 American Pre-Code film directed by Stephen Roberts, featuring George Raft as a Mexican matador, Adolphe Menjou as a retired bandito clearly based on Pancho Villa, and Frances Drake as Chulita, the woman they both want to marry.[1]

The Trumpet Blows
Publicity still for film with George Raft and Frances Drake
Directed byStephen Roberts
Written byBartlett Cormack
Wallace Smith
StarringGeorge Raft
Adolphe Menjou
Frances Drake
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • April 14, 1934 (1934-04-14)
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film was written by Bartlett Cormack and Wallace Smith, and directed by Stephen Roberts.

The film was a box office disappointment.[2]



Helen Twelvetreees was originally announced as female lead.[3]


  1. Everett Aaker, The Films of George Raft, McFarland & Company, 2013, pp 49-50
  2. By, D. W. (1934, Nov 25). TAKING A LOOK AT THE RECORD. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  3. Schallert, E. (1933, Aug 10). Ann dvorak replaces sylvia sidney in chevalier film; studio, theater news, gossip. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from

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