Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil
Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil is the third installment of the Hornblower series of British historical war television films based on the works of C. S. Forester and starring Ioan Gruffudd as Royal Navy officer Horatio Hornblower during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. The Duchess and the Devil depicts Hornblower as an acting lieutenant on the HMS Indefatigable on the Mediterranean. Hornblower and his men capture the French ship Le Reve, and Captain Pellew orders Hornblower to command the ship and sail to England with extremely important dispatches and with an unusual passenger - the widowed Duchess of Wharfedale. But during the voyage Le Reve meets the Spanish fleet and is forced to surrender. The crew is imprisoned in a Spanish fortress, but the Duchess persuades Hornblower to give her the dispatches, promising to deliver them safety. The film is based on the chapter Hornblower, the Duchess and the Devil from the novel Mr. Midshipman Hornblower.
The following weapons were used in the film Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil:
Heavy Dragoon Pistol
Unlike the previous films, Acting Lieutenant Horatio Hornblower's (Ioan Gruffudd) sidearm is a Heavy Dragoon Flintlock Pistol (not a similar looking Sea Service pistol as the gun lacks the belt hook).
New Land Pattern Flintlock Pistol
Midshipman Hunter (Christopher Fulford), Seaman Matthews (Paul Copley), Styles (Sean Gilder) and Oldroyd (Simon Sherlock) hold New Land Pattern Flintlock Pistols in several scenes. Judging by the flat heel of the grip, these pistols match the East Indian Pattern. Its appearance is anachronistic as it was introduced in 1796 and came into widespread production only by 1802. Tower Sea Service pistols would be more correct for the Royal Navy personnel.
Charleville Mle 1777 Flintlock Pistol
A French officer on Le Reve is armed with a Charleville Mle 1777 Flintlock Pistol. The gun is fitted with a belt hook which is common for naval rather than cavalry model. Very likely it is a replica by Armi San Marco which just has the belt hook.
Queen Anne Flintlock Pistol
Don Alfredo de Massaredo (Ronald Pickup), the commandant of the Spanish fortress, carries a Queen Anne Flintlock Pistol. The high-rank Spanish officer could obtain this English pistol as a private purchase or a war booty. The screen gun is definitely a replica by Pedersoli.
Brown Bess Flintlock Musket
Unlike other films of the series, a Brown Bess Flintlock Musket is seen only once and very briefly.
Charleville Flintlock Musket
Spanish soldiers are armed with French Charleville Muskets (probably because no replicas of Spanish muskets are manufactured). During the escape attempt, Hunter (Christopher Fulford) and several seamen capture muskets from slain or stunned Spanish sentries. These guns are also claimed to be Pedersoli production.
Four Swivel Guns are mounted on Le Reve.
Numerous naval cannons are seen on several Spanish warships.