The Rough Riders
Poster with the film's alternate release title The Trumpet Call
Directed byVictor Fleming
Written byHerman Hagedorn (story)
John F. Goodrich (adapt.)
Robert N. Lee (writer)
Keene Thompson (writer)
George Marion, Jr. (intertitles)
Produced byLucien Hubbard
B. P. Schulberg
StarringNoah Beery
Charles Farrell
George Bancroft
Charles Emmett Mack
Mary Astor
Frank Hooper
CinematographyJames Wong Howe
E. Burton Steene
Edited byE. Lloyd Sheldon
Music byHugo Riesenfeld
J. S. Zamecnik
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release dates
  • October 1, 1927 (1927-10-01) (U.S.)
  • February 13, 1928 (1928-02-13) (Finland)
Running time
105 minutes
(13 reels)
CountryUnited States
LanguagesSilent Version
Sound Version (Synchronized)
(English intertitles)

The Rough Riders is a 1927 American silent drama film directed by Victor Fleming, released by Paramount Pictures, and starring Noah Beery, Sr., Charles Farrell, George Bancroft, and Mary Astor. Due to the public apathy towards silent films, a sound version was also prepared early in 1928. While the sound version has no audible dialog, it was released with a synchronized musical score with sound effects using both the sound-on-disc and sound-on-film process. The picture is fictional account of Theodore Roosevelt's military unit in Cuba.[2] This film had an alternate release title, The Trumpet Call.[3] The cinematography was by James Wong Howe and E. Burton Steene.


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The sound version featured a theme song entitled “Goodbye Dolly Gray,” with lyrics by Will D. Cobb and music by Paul Barnes. Also featured was the song entitled “The Rough Riders” which was composed by Hugo Riesenfeld.


Incomplete or fragment prints of The Rough Riders are extant at the Museum of Modern Art and the Library of Congress.[4]


  1. ^ "The Rough Riders". Variety. March 30, 1927. p. 14.
  2. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Rough Riders at
  3. ^ Alternate lobby posters titled The Trumpet Call and The Rough Riders at MoviePostersDB
  4. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Rough Riders