Kissin' Cousins

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Kissin' Cousins
Kissin Cousins Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Gene Nelson
Release Date 1964
Studio Four-Leaf Productions
Distributor MGM
Main Cast
Character Actor
Josh Morgan / Jodie Tatum Elvis Presley
Pappy Tatum Arthur O'Connell
Ma Tatum Glenda Farrell
Capt. Robert Salbo Jack Albertson
Selena Tatum Pamela Austin
Azalea Tatum Yvonne Craig
Master Sgt. William George Bailey Tommy Farrell
PFC Midge Riley Cynthia Pepper

Kissin' Cousins is an American 1964 musical comedy directed by Gene Nelson and starring Elvis Presley in two roles: an Air Force officer Josh Morgan, and his look-alike cousin Jodie Tatum. Tatums hillbilly family lives in Smoky Mountains. The US Government plan to lease Tatums land for constructing an ICBM missile base, and Capt. Robert Salbo gets the order to secure the lease in short time. He requests Tatums' distant cousin U.S. Air Force pilot 2nd Lt. Josh Morgan for negotiations.

The following weapons were used in the film Kissin' Cousins:




Capt. Robert Salbo (Jack Albertson) and Master Sgt. William George Bailey (Tommy Farrell) carry M1911 pistols (flat mainspring housings on the rear of the grip allow to differ them from M1911A1s).

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
A good view of Capt. Salbo's M1916 holster.
MSG Bailey (at the foreground) and Capt. Salbo with pistols in holsters. The grips match original M1911 model.
MSG Bailey draws his pistol.
The grip of Salbo's pistol is seen in open holster when he leads his soldiers on storming of Smoky Mountain.
Salbo and Bailey with pistols in hands.
The grip of Salbo's pistol is seen at the left.


M1 Garand

US Army soldiers of Capt. Salbo's unit are armed with M1 Garand rifles.

M1 Garand with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
Soldiers ready for storming of the Smoke Mountain.
Soldiers attach M1 bayonets to their rifles...
...and ready for attack.
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Bayonet charge!
Soldiers hold their rifles.

Springfield Allin Conversion Model 1866 Trapdoor

Tatums family use several Springfield 1861 rifled muskets converted into Trapdoor breech loading rifles - version, known as Allin Conversion Model 1866 Trapdoor. These guns are seen in hands of sisters Selena (Pamela Austin) and Azalea (Yvonne Craig) Tatum, their cousin Jodie (Elvis Presley) and Ma Tatum (Glenda Farrell).

Springfield Allin Conversion Model 1866 Trapdoor - .50-70
Selena (blond) and Azalea (brunette) hold their rifles.
Jodie joins his cousins.
Barrels of the rifles are seen.
Ma Tatum "greets" Capt. Salbo.
A perfect view of the rifle in hands of Jodie Tatum.


Double Barreled Shotgun

Pappy Tatum (Arthur O'Connell) has a Double Barreled Shotgun.

Charles Parker 1878 Side by Side Shotgun - 12 gauge
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Pappy Tatum holds a shotgun during the confrontation with the military.
He somewhat mollified, learning that Josh Morgan is a distant relative.

Ithaca 37

Azalea Tatum brought for Jodie an Ithaca 37 pump action shotgun out of the town.

Ithaca 37 long barrel Hunting Version - 12 gauge
Azalea holds a shotgun.
She hands it to Jodie.
Jodie chechs the gun.

Machine Guns

Browning M3

2nd Lt. Josh Morgan's North American F-86 Sabre fires its Browning M3 machine guns. It's hard to say if this an actual footage of real firing machine guns, or acetylene-powered mockups are used, as it is often seen with aircraft guns, firing on screen.

Browning M3 Aircraft - .50 BMG
Machine guns are seen firing.
Sabre is armed with six M3s, three from each side.


F-86 Sabre

2nd Lt. Josh Morgan pilots a North American F-86 Sabre fighter aircraft (it is incorrectly referred as F-84 in the movie).

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Sabre in flight.


Various jet planes, cruise missiles and ICBMs are seen on photos in a newspaper.

What appears to be an Avro Vulcan delta wing bomber, two cruise missiles and several ICBMs are seen in a newspaper. Josh Morgan uses these photos to explane the deal to Pappy Tatum.

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