Drum Beat

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Drum Beat
Drum Beat Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Delmer Daves
Release Date 1954
Studio Jaguar Productions
Main Cast
Character Actor
Johnny MacKay Alan Ladd
Nancy Meek Audrey Dalton
Toby Marisa Pavan
Bill Satterwhite Robert Keith
Kintpuash aka Captain Jack Charles Bronson
Scarface Charlie Rodolfo Acosta
General Edward Canby Warner Anderson
Blaine Crackel Elisha Cook Jr.
President Ulysses S. Grant Hayden Rorke


Drum Beat is an American 1954 Western movie directed by Delmer Daves. During the Modoc War (1872-1873) Johnny MacKay (Alan Ladd) is sent by President Grant to negotiate peace with the Modocs in California and Oregon. MacKay confronts a group of Modoc warriors, lead by Kintpuash, also known as Captain Jack (Charles Bronson).


The following weapons were used in the film Drum Beat:

Contents


Revolvers

Single Action Army

Single Action Army Civilian Model

Single Action Army Civilian Model revolvers are used by several of Captain Jack's (Charles Bronson) warriors during the massacre on peace negotiation. Johnny MacKay (Alan Ladd) also uses a Civilian model revolver in this scene, though he uses an Artillery model throughout the movie. Its worth noting that the events happen a little early for use of Single Action Army revolvers that appeared in 1873.

Colt Single Action Army with 4.75" barrel, case colored and blued, referred to as "Quick-Draw" or "Civilian" model - .45 Long Colt
Revolvers, prepared by Captain Jack for the massacre of US government delegation on peace talks. Civilian and Artillery revolvers are seen. Some have ivory grips.
Captain Jack takes a pair of revolvers when he prepares for the murder of Gen. Canby.
Wounded Johnny MacKay holds a revolver.
The gun drops from his hand.
A Modoc warrior claims that he killed Johnny.
Johnny's revolver is seen on ground.

Single Action Army Artillery Model

Johnny MacKay (Alan Ladd) carries a Single Action Army Artillery Model revolver with staghorn grip throughout the movie. Artillery model revolvers are also used by Bill Satterwhite (Robert Keith), Mr. Dyar (Frank Ferguson) and Captain Jack (Charles Bronson).

Colt Single Action Army with 5.5" barrel known as the "Artillery" model - .45 Long Colt
Johnny fires at Modoc Jim during the attack on the stagecoach.
Another view of Johnny's revolver in same scene.
Bill Satterwhite fires at Modoc Jim. In this scene he is at first seen with a Colt 1878 Double Action (see below) that switches to a Single Action Army.
Revolvers, prepared by Captain Jack for the massacre of US government delegation on peace talks. Civilian and Artillery revolvers are seen. Some have ivory grips.
Captain Jack takes a pair of revolvers when he prepares for the murder of Gen. Canby.
A good view of Captain Jack's Artillery revolver.
Johnny holds his revolver during the arrest of Captain Jack. The staghorn grip is seen.
Johnny MacKay holds his revolver on a promotion still in the scene of the arrest of Captain Jack's ally Blaine Crackel (Elisha Cook Jr.). In the film itself this scene is too dark for a good screenshot.
Johnny MacKay carries his revolver in holster on a promotion still. The staghorn grip is seen.
Mr. Dyar, a member of US government delegation, holds a revolver that he takes with him, fearing a treacherous attack from the Modocs. In the film itself this scene is too brief for a good screenshot.

Single Action Army Cavalry Model

US Army officers Capt. Alonzo Clark (George J. Lewis) and Lt. Goodsall (Peter Hansen) use Single Action Army Cavalry Model revolvers during the attack on Modocs mountain stronghold.

Colt Single Action Army with 7.5" barrel known as the "Cavalry" model - .45 Long Colt
Capt. Clark leads his soldiers in attack with a revolver in hand.
Lt. Goodsall holds his revolver in same scene.
Another view of Capt. Clark's revolver.
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Capt. Clark in action.

Colt 1878 Double Action

Colt 1878 Double Action revolvers, anachronistic for Modoc War era, are used by Bill Satterwhite (Robert Keith) during the ambush on the stagecoach and by Captain Jack (Charles Bronson) when the Modoc warchief kills Gen. Canby.

Colt 1878 Double Action - .45 Colt
Colt 1878 Double Action w/ 7.5" barrel
Bill Satterwhite carries his revolver in holster.
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He drives away Modoc Jim. The revolver has 7.5" barrel.
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Captain Jack fires at Gen. Canby, eyes closed. His revolver has 4" or 5" barrel. In previous moment Captain Jack is seen with a Single Action Army.
The murder of Gen. Canby by Captain Jack on a promotion still.

Rifles

Winchester Model 1892

Heavily anachronistic Winchester Model 1892 rifles and carbines are widely used in the movie.

Winchester Model 1892 Carbine

Many Modoc warriors, notably Captain Jack (Charles Bronson), Scarface Charlie (Rodolfo Acosta) and Modoc Jim (Frank DeKova), use Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbines.

Note: see additional images on talk page.

Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine - .32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20.
A Modoc warrior on guard.
Modoc Jim plans to kill Johnny MacKay...
...but Captain Jack pushes the rifle away.
Modoc warriors fire at US Army cavalrymen who attack Captain Jack's mountain stronghold.
Johnny MacKay takes the Winchester from Blaine Crackel (Elisha Cook Jr.) when Crackel is caught trying to deliver guns to Modocs. The saddle ring is seen.
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Scarface Charlie (at the right) and several other Modocs hold Winchesters when Captain Jack prepares for the murder of US government delegation.
Scarface Charlie holds his Winchester when a group of Modocs surrender.
Captain Jack aims at Johnny MacKay.

Winchester Model 1892 Rifle

Modoc warriors also use Winchester Model 1892 rifles.

Winchester 1892 -.32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20.
Winchester 1892 rifle and carbine are seen in hands of Modoc warriors.
A Winchester 1892 rifle is seen at the left.
A Modoc warrior at the right holds a Winchester 1892 rifle.
Scarface Charlie (Rodolfo Acosta) and a Modoc in blue shirt hold Winchester 1892 rifles.
Another view of same scene.
Scarface Charlie with a Winchester 1892 rifle.

Winchester Model 1892 (visually modified)

Some Modoc warriors carry Winchester Model 1892 rifles or carbines, visually modified to resemble earlier Winchesters (most similar to Winchester Model 1876 in musket configuration). These rifles are not genuine Winchester 1892 muskets as they have only a single barrel band as opposed to two on 1892 muskets.

Winchester 1892 -.32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20.
For comparison: Winchester Model 1876 musket-carbine
A Winchester 1892 with fake "musket" stock is seen at the left.
Same looking rifle is seen in hands of a Modoc warrior at background right in the scene in mountain stronghold.
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Modocs fire at US Army cavalrymen. Winchester 1892 receivers allow to identify the base rifle.
One of these "muskets" in hands of a victorious Modoc at the right.

Stevens Single Shot Rifle

In several scenes Captain Jack (Charles Bronson) carries a rifle that appears to be a Stevens single shot model.

Stevens Single Shot Rifle - .22
Captain Jack holds his rifle.
A closer view of the rifle in same scene.
One more view of the rifle.
Captain Jack holds his rifle during the confrontation with Johnny MacKay.
The engraved buttstock of the rifle is seen.
Captain Jack among his victorious warriors.
One more view of the rifle.
A good view of Captain Jack's rifle on a promotion image.
A close view of same scene on another promotion image.
Same scene on a poster.

Springfield 1873 Trapdoor Carbine

In one scene Bill Satterwhite (Robert Keith) is armed with a Springfield 1873 Trapdoor Carbine. Trapdoor carbines are also used by US Army cavalrymen and armed settlers.

Springfield Model 1873 Cavalry Carbine, replica by Uberti Arms - .45-70
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US Army cavalrymen of Capt. Clark's unit attack Captain Jack's mountain stronghold.
A cavalryman fires his carbine.
Bill Satterwhite holds a Trapdoor carbine during the arrest of Blaine Crackel.
Another view of Bill Satterwhite's carbine (at the left).
Cavalrymen stand in formation with their carbines.
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Trapdoor carbines are seen in hands of settlers.

Unidentified rifles

Some cavalrymen carry long rifles that are possibly Springfield 1873 Trapdoor rifles.

For comparison: Replica Springfield Model 1873 "Trapdoor Springfield" built by Uberti Arms - .45-70
Drum Beat-Rifle-1.jpg
Some cavalrymen are armed with full-length rifles.

Trivia

Cannon

A light field (or mountain) muzzleloading cannon is used by US troops. It is supposed to be a 3-inch Ordnance rifle Model 1861 (or at least a replica based on this artillery piece).

The cannon on position.
Drum Beat-Cannon-2.jpg
An artilleryman aims and fires the cannon.
The shot is a pyrotechnical effect as the cannon doesn't recoil.



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