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El Dorado is a 1966 Western that is considered the second film in Howard Hawks' "trilogy" of films that featured John Wayne in a story of a sheriff who must defend his office against an aggressive outlaw element in the town. The other two films are 1959's Rio Bravo and 1970's Rio Lobo. In this film, John Wayne stars as Cole Thornton, a gunfighter who helps an old friend protect a group of ranchers from a rival who had previously hired Colt. The film's cast includes James Caan, Ed Asner, and Robert Mitchum, whose son Christopher Mitchum would later co-star with Wayne in Rio Lobo and Big Jake.
The following weapons were used in the film El Dorado:
Colt Single Action Army "Quick Draw"
The Colt SAA "Quick-Draw" is used by numerous characters throughout the movie, most notably Cole Thornton (John Wayne), Sheriff J.P. Harrah (Robert Mitchum) and Bart Jason (Ed Asner).
Colt Single Action Army w/ 4.75" barrel, referred to as "Quick-Draw" model.
Bart Jason (Ed Asner
) tries to use the revolver.
Colt Model 1917
During the shootout at the church, the revolver used by J.P. Harrah (Robert Mitchum) appears to change to a double-action, modern revolver that resembles a Colt Model 1917. The revolver often was used in Westerns filmed in the 1950's and 1960's, when the revolver needed to be fired with the speed required by the script. Usually, the production would disguise the revolver with a fake ejector rod to make it resemble an SAA.
Unmodified Colt M1917 Revolver - .45 ACP.
The revolver here appears to be a double action.
Harrah holds the revolver.
Cut-down Double Barrel 12 Gauge
When Alan Bourdillion Traherne aka "Mississippi" (James Caan) proves to be more adept with a knife than a handgun, Thornton (John Wayne) gets him a cut down double barreled 12 gauge side by side shotgun to carry in a thigh holster. The shotgun also has a cutdown stock.
A Rossi Overland sawed off shotgun used in the film The Untouchables
, supplied by Ellis Mercantile.
Thorton (John Wayne
) looks at the sawn-off shotgun when shopping for a weapon for Mississippi.
Mississippi (James Caan
) prepares to fire his shotgun for the first time.
Mississippi with the shotgun.
Winchester Model 1892
Both Cole Thorton (John Wayne) and Sheriff Harrah (Robert Mitchum) use the Winchester Model 1892 Saddle-ring Carbine with a large loop lever. Joey MacDonald (Michele Carey) also uses the 1892 throughout the movie as her weapon of choice.
The Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine with large lever loop used by John Wayne
in the film True Grit
, similar to the one he used in Rio Bravo
and El Dorado
. Serial #501892. Pictured with .44-40 shells. (Source: Photocopied from book "The Peacemakers: Arms and Adventure in the American West" written by R.L. Wilson.)
Sheriff Harrah (Robert Mitchum
) with his Winchester 1892 at the beginning of the movie.
Cole Thornton (John Wayne
) armed with the Winchester while looking for some would be killers.
Sheriff Harrah (Robert Mitchum
) holds the rifle after a very long bender. He's battered, but not beaten.
Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine - .32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20.
Joey MacDonald (Michele Carey
) holds the rifle after taking a shot at Cole.
Joey MacDonald takes care of some unfinished business with her Winchester.
Colt Model 1855 Carbine
Sheriff Harran's deputy Bull Harris (Arthur Hunnicutt) is armed with the Colt Model 1855 Carbine throughout the film.
Colt 1855 Revolving Carbine (percussion) - .56 caliber
Bull takes aim with his carbine.
Bull takes up his carbine while in the Sheriff's office.
Deputy Bull Harris (Arthur Hunnicutt
) holds his carbine during a conversation with Cole and the sheriff.
The carbine rests near Bull.
Remington-Keene Repeating Rifle
The Remington-Keene Repeating Rifle makes a rare movie appearance in the hands of Mrs. MacDonald (Diane Strom). The version she is carrying appears to be the Remington-Keene Deluxe Sporter based on the design of the rifle stock and the long exposed barrel.
Remington-Keene Repeating Rifle in carbine configuration
The rifle appears to be a Keene Deluxe Sporter based on the design of the rifle stock and the long exposed barrel.