Chingachgook, the Great Snake (Chingachgook, die große Schlange)

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Chingachgook, the Great Snake
(Chingachgook, die große Schlange)
Chingachgook Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country GDR.jpg East Germany
Directed by Richard Groschopp
Release Date 1967
Language German
Studio DEFA
Main Cast
Character Actor
Chingachgook, "The Great Snake" Gojko Mitic
Natty Bumppo alias "Deerslayer" Rolf Römer
"Floating Tom" Hutter Helmut Schreiber
Henry March alias "Hurry Harry" Jürgen Frohriep
Judith Hutter Lilo Grahn
Wah-ta-Wah Andrea Drahota


Chingachgook, the Great Snake (Chingachgook, die große Schlange) is a 1967 East German adventure movie directed by Richard Groschopp and based on the novel "The Deerslayer" by James Fenimore Cooper. Gojko Mitic appears as Mohican warrior Chingachgook, "The Great Snake", and Rolf Römer as Natty Bumppo, known at that time as "Deerslayer".


The following weapons were used in the film Chingachgook, the Great Snake (Chingachgook, die große Schlange):

Contents


Pistols

Flintlock Pistols

British officers, including the commandant of the fort Capt. Warley (Horst Preusker) and Lt. Thornton (Karl Zugowski), carry Flintlock Pistols. Deerslayer and Chingachgook find a pair of pistols in Tom Hutter's chest. The pistols look reasonably real, similar to late 18th century cavalry pistols, but flints in jaws are absend. Flintlocks doesn't move when these guns fire; obviously, the shots are imitated with pyrotechnics.

For comparison: British Heavy Dragoon Pistol - .62 caliber
Capt. Warley holds a pistol.
Capt. Warley and Lt. Thornton with pistols.
Warley holds another pistol.
Two unnamed officers with pistols.
The pistol "fires", the lock is motionless.
A pair of pistols in Tom Hutter's chest.
Chingachgook-Pistol-8.jpg
Deerslayer examines one of these pistols. It appears to be longer that officers' pistols
A good view of Warley's pistol during the attack on Hurons settlement.

Muskets

Flintlock muskets are used by main characters - Chingachgook (Gojko Mitic), Deerslayer (Rolf Römer), Hurry Harry (Jürgen Frohriep) and Floating Tom Hutter (Helmut Schreiber), and also by British soldiers and Huron warriors.

Chingachgook's Musket

Chingachgook's musket, gifted to him by Delaware chief (Adolf Peter Hoffmann), looks like a hunting gun. Possibly it is an original gun of flintlock era, similar to Jaeger Rifle, or a modern replica of such gun (a mockup, based on modern shotgun and fitted with fake flintlock, is also possible but seems less credible). It appears to be that a pair of props is used in the movie, as in several scenes Chingachgook's musket has a metal head of ramrod, and in some - a wooden one.

For comparison: Plain German Jaeger rifle - .62 cal
Delaware chief gifts a gun to Chingachgook in gratitude for his salvation.
A close view of the barrel. The ramrod has metal head.
Chingachgook holds his musket. The ramrod has wooden head.
A close view of the gun.
Chingachgook with his musket.
A close view of the barrel. The ramrod has wooden head.
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Chingachgook with his musket. The muzzle is seen.
A good view of Chingachgook's musket on promotion still.

Deerslayer's Musket

Deerslayer's musket looks generally similar to Chingachgook's one, resembling a Jaeger Rifle. Like Chingachgook's musket, Deerslayer's gun also has a metal or a wooden head of ramrod in different scenes, so possibly two props were used.

For comparison: Plain German Jaeger rifle - .62 cal
A general view of Deerslayer's gun.
A close view of the lock. Note the lack of the flint.
Deerslayer sleeps with his musket at hand.
Deerslayer's musket has a ramrod with wooden head.
When Deerslayer is in close combat with a Huron warrior, his musket is replaced with another prop that lacks any decorations on stock.
Deerslayer's musket.
The muzzle is seen.
A good view of the gun.

Hurry Harry's Musket

Hurry Harry has a rather different musket, with military outlook. The lack of barrel bands makes this musket look similar to Brown Bess though it's hardly an original gun. The ramrod looks different in various scenes.

For comparison: Original "Short Land Pattern" Brown Bess musket made 1768-1805 - .75 caliber
Harry (at the right) holds a musket.
A good view of Harry's gun.
A close view of the barrel.
Harry holds his musket. The ramrod is placed different in comparison with previous screenshot.
Harry cocks the lock of his musket.

Tom Hutter's Musket

Tom Hutter has a musket that seems to be a hunting gun. It looks less elaborated that Chingachgook's or Deerslayer's guns.

For comparison: Plain German Jaeger rifle - .62 cal
Tom's musket is seen at the left.
Another view of Tom's musket.
The barrel is seen.

Various Muskets

British soldiers and Huron warriors use flintlock muskets.

Chingachgook-Musket5-1.jpg
A Huron warrior "fires" his musket.
Several soldiers carry muskets.
Soldiers' muskets in the fort.
Soldiers carry muskets with bayonets.
Muskets are seen during the attack on Hurons settlement.
Chingachgook-Musket5-8.jpg
A Huron warrior "fires" his musket.
Soldiers' muskets after the massacre of Hurons.

Trivia

A pair of muzzleloading cannons, seen in British fort, appear to be mockups. They are mounted on naval-style carriages.

Chingachgook-Cannon-1.jpg
Chingachgook-Cannon-2.jpg

See Also

See Also

DEFA Studio Westerns
Starring Gojko Mitic The Sons of Great Bear (Die Söhne der großen Bärin) (1966)  •  Chingachgook, the Great Snake (Chingachgook, die große Schlange) (1967)  •  Trail of the Falcon (Spur des Falken) (1968)  •  White Wolves (Weisse Wölfe) (1969)  •  Fatal Error (Tödlicher Irrtum) (1970)  •  Osceola (1971)  •  Tecumseh (1972)  •  Apaches (Apachen) (1973)  •  Ulzana (1974)  •  Blood Brothers (Blutsbrüder) (1975)  •  Severino (1978)  •  The Scout (Der Scout) (1983)  •  Prairie Hunters in Mexico (Präriejäger in Mexiko) (1988)
Others Kit & Co. (1974)  •  Blue Bird (Blauvogel) (1979)  •  Sing, Cowboy, Sing (1981)  •  Atkins (1985)



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