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Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by W. S. Van Dyke
Release Date November 14, 1933
Language English
Studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Mala/Kripik Ray Mala
Aba Lulu Wong
Inspector White W. S. Van Dyke
Ship Captain Peter Freuchen

Eskimo is a 1933 American Pre-Code film drama directed by W. S. Van Dyke. The screenplay is based on the novel of the same name by the Danish polar explorer and writer Peter Freuchen, who also appears in the film. Eskimo Mala lives with his family in the Arctic and feeds the tribe as a hunter. With his wife Alba, he sets off for Tjarnak, where a ship has docked. He exchanges fox skins for a rifle. The captain makes Alba drunk, rapes her, thinks she is an animal in the snow, and shoots her. Mala avenges Alba's death and kills the captain. However, this gets the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on his trail.

In 1935, the film received the Oscar for Best Film Editing what makes it the first film to ever win the Oscar in this category.

The following weapons were used in the film Eskimo:



Unknown Revolvers

Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers including Inspector White (W. S. Van Dyke) and Sergeant Hunt (Joseph Sauers) are seen carrying unknown revolvers in their holsters.

A revolver grip is seen in White's holster.


Winchester 1892

The Ship Captain (Peter Freuchen) exchanges a Winchester Model 1892 for animal skins with Mala (Ray Mala), who used it during hunting. The Captain's Mate (Edward Hearn) also uses one of these rifles.

Winchester 1892 -.32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20.
The Captain gives Mala the Winchester.
Closer view of the rifle.
During hunting, the Captain's mate uses a snow-white shield for cover.
The mate holds the Winchester after realizing what he shot.
Mala tries to load a single round into the chamber.

Springfield M1903

Some M1903 Springfield bolt-action rifles can be seen in the RCMP's outpost. Inspector White (W. S. Van Dyke) is briefly seen holding a possible sporter variant.

M1903 Springfield .30-06
The rifles in the display stand.
Inspector White next to the stand which offers a closer view of the stocks which have no pistol grips.
A Griffin & Howe M1903 Sporter with iron sights.
White takes the sporter rifle.
Sgt. Hunt:"I like the .30-06 much better than the .303."

Enfield M1917

RCMP's arsenal also includes several M1917 Enfield rifles standing for British P14 which were used by Sergeant Hunt (Joseph Sauers) and Constable Balk (Edgar Dearing) during the pursuit of Mala.

M1917 Enfield - .30-06 Springfield
Sgt. Hunt aims at Mala. Note the longer grasping grooves on the stock which clearly identifies the rifle as an American Enfield.

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