Death Ray (Luch smerti), The

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The Death Ray (Luch smerti)
Luch smerti poster.jpg
Original poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Lev Kuleshov
Vsevolod Pudovkin
Release Date 1925
Language Silent
Studio Goskino
Main Cast
Character Actor
Female shooter / Edith's sister Aleksandra Khokhlova
Thomas Lann Sergey Komarov
Fog Vladimir Fogel
Father Revo, the Fascist Boss Vsevolod Pudovkin
Engineer Podobed Porfiri Podobed
Ruller / Circus director Pyotr Galadzhev
Major Hard Leonid Obolensky


The Death Ray (Луч смерти; Luch smerti) is a Soviet 1925 B&W science fiction movie directed by Lev Kuleshov and Vsevolod Pudovkin. The Soviet inventor Podobed creates the "death ray", the powerful weapon capable of making explosions at distance. The invention is stolen by the agent of unnamed unfriendly state. There the "death ray" is used against labor strikes, but the revolted workers manage to seize the device and destroy military aviation sent against them.

Note: The original film is a severely damaged, so, restored, but watermarked version is used.


The following weapons were used in the film The Death Ray (Luch smerti):

Contents


Pistols

FN Model 1910

Police commissioneer (ucredited) uses FN Model 1910.

FN Model 1910 -.380 ACP
Police commissioneer with the pistol.
View of the pistol from another side.
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Mauser C96 "Broomhandle"

Several Fascists, including Father Revo (Vsevolod Pudovkin), use Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" pistols. Father Revo gives it to Female shooter (Aleksandra Khokhlova), but she immediately gives it back. Only a single pistol can be seen at a time, so, it's most likely a single movie prop.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser. Note the rear tangent sight; in something of a display of wishful thinking, the C96's sight is adjustable for ranges up to 1000 meters. Later examples had a sight adjustable to a still unrealistic 500 meters. C96 pistols with fixed rear sights are very rare.
A Fascist draws his mauser.
A Fascist fires.
Revo shows his Mauser to Female shooter.
Revo tries to hand it to Female shooter.
Pistol on the table.

Walther Model 9

Female shooter (Aleksandra Khokhlova) gives the Walther Model 9 to Shura (L. Strabinskaya). Another Walther (most likely, the same movie prop) can be seen in the hands of one of the bodyguards.

Walther Model 9 - 6.35mm Browning
Shura with the pistol.
Shura aims.
Closeup.
Good view of the pistol.
The grip is seen.
Bodyguard with the pistol.
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Pieper Bayard 1908

The Pieper Bayard 1908 can be briefly seen in the hands of another bodyguard.

Pieper Bayard Model 1908 Pocket Pistol - .32 ACP
View of Pieper Bayard from the muzzle.
Typical muzzle is seen.
Note the similar rear sight.

FN Model 1922

Ruller (Pyotr Galadzhev) draws FN Model 1922 at one moment.

FN Model 1922 - .32 ACP
Ruller aims at his workers. Note the rear sight.
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Revolvers

Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 is the personal firearm of Engineer Podobed (Porfiri Podobed). Several Fascists agents also use it.

Russian Nagant 1895, produced 1920s. The rounded front sight is a sign of revolvers produced from 1890s until 1930 - 7.62x38N
Fascist agent cleans his revolver (cylynder removed).
Engineer Podobed with the revolver.
Luch smerti revolver 1 3.jpg
Closeup of the revolver in Fascist agent's hands.

Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model

Most Fascist agents use Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model. Engineer Podobed and Thomas Lann (Sergey Komarov) capture and briefly use several of these guns.

Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model - .44 Russian
Fascist agent puts his revolver on his knee.
Agent holds his revolver.
Luch smerti revolver 2 3.jpg
The same agent with the revolver.
Thomas Lann (Sergey Komarov) fires.
Engineer Podobed fires.

Smith & Wesson Model 10

Thomas Lann and Revo uses Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolvers at the film climax.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver with 5" Barrel - .38 Special
Revo grabs his revolver.
Revo in ambush.
Luch smerti revolver 3 3.jpg
Close Up.
Luch smerti revolver 3 5.jpg
Luch smerti revolver 3 6.jpg
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Thomas Lann fires.
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Good view of the gun in Thomas Lann's hands.

Unknown Revolver

One Provocateur draws an unknown revolver at the film climax.

Luch smerti revolver 4 1.jpg

Rifles

Vetterli-Vitali rifle M1870/87

Vetterli-Vitali rifle M1870/87 can be seen on the ground near the killed rebbel. Another Vetterli Rifle (most likely, the same movie prop) is seen a few feets aside.

Vetterli-Vitali rifle - 10.35x47mm R
Perfect view of the rifle.
Luch smerti rifle 1 2.jpg
Rifle is seen near the fireman's daughter (N. Stravinskaya).

Lee-Enfield Mk.I

Lee-Enfield Mk.I rifles can be seen on the ground.

Lee-Enfield Mk.I - .303 British. In service between 1896-1907
Perfect view of the rifle
Rifle under the hands of killed rebel.

Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy"

Female shooter (Aleksandra Khokhlova) briefly holds Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy", before handing it to Circus director (a second role of Pyotr Galadzhev in the movie).

Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" Carbine - .44 RF
Female shooter with the rifle.
Circus director takes the rifle.
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Arisaka Type 38

Police use Arisaka Type 38 rifles with bayonets attached.

Arisaka Type 38 rifle - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
Police with the rifles.
Luch smerti rifle 4 2.jpg
Bayonets is seen.
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The stock shape is seen at the far right.
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Policeman with the rifle is seen at the left.
Two policemen with the rifles.

Unknown Rifles

Rebels also use unknown rifles.

Luch smerti rifle 5 1.jpg
Luch smerti rifle 5 2.jpg
Rifles are seen at the left.



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