Miss Mend

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Miss Mend
Miss Mend Poster.jpg
Original Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Boris Barnet
Fyodor Otsep
Release Date 1926
Language Silent
Studio Mezhrabpom-Rus
Main Cast
Character Actor
Vivian Mend Natalya Glan
Tom Hopkins Igor Ilyinsky
Barnet Boris Barnet
Fogel Vladimir Fogel
Chiche Sergey Komarov
Arthur Stern alias Johnson Ivan Koval-Samborsky
Elizabeth Stern Natalya Rozenel
Gordon Stern Mikhail Rozen-Sanin


Miss Mend (also known as The Adventures of the Three Reporters) is a 1926 Soviet B&W silent three-part adventure movie directed by Boris Barnet and Fyodor Otsep and loosely adapted from the novels "Mess-Mend: Yankees in Petrograd" and "Laurie Lane, Metalworker" by Marietta Shaginyan. The main characters are Vivian Mend (Natalya Gland), an American typist and labour union activist, and her three friends and admirers, a clerk Hopkins (Igor Ilyinsky), a journalist Barnet (Boris Barnet), and newspaper photographer Fogel (Vladimir Fogel). Millionaire Gordon Stern is murdered by the ultra-right conspiracy led by villanous Chiche (Sergey Komarov). Accusing the Bolsheviks in the murder, the conspirators get help from Stern's son Arthur (Ivan Koval-Samborsky) and start the plan to make a biological attack on the USSR. Vivian and her friends accidentally discover the plot and try to stop it, pursuing the conspirators from America to Soviet Russia.


The following weapons were used in the film Miss Mend:

Contents


Revolvers

Smith & Wesson Model 3

During the shootout in the tunnel, Barnet (Boris Barnet), Hopkins (Igor Ilyinsky) and Chiche (Sergey Komarov) use Smith & Wesson Model 3 revolvers, possibly Russian contract 1st Model. These guns are identified by the shape of the grip and the length of the barrel and the rib under the barrel that are longer than on Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model.

Smith & Wesson Model 3 Russian 1st Model - .44 Russian
Chiche's henchman holds a revolver in the scene in Stern's crypt.
Barnet runs to the tunnel with the revolver in hand. The long barrel is seen.
The wide grip of Barnet's revolver is seen. When inside the tunnel, only muzzle flashes of his revolver are seen.
Chiche fires his revolver during the shootout in the tunnel.
Another view of the gun.
Hopkins holds his revolver.
Another view of Hopkins' revolver.
Hopkins fires.
Another view of Hopkins' revolver.

Nagant M1895

After the shootout in the tunnel, Hopkins' revolver switches to a Nagant M1895. Soviet border guards and Militsiya also use Nagants.

Russian Nagant 1895, produced 1920s - 7.62x38R Nagant. The rounded front sight is a sign of revolvers produced from 1890s until 1930.
Hopkins fires at Chiche who escapes in the river.
Astonished Hopkins with the Nagant.
A Nagant is seen in holster of a Soviet border guard.
Chiche's henchman holds Barnet at gunpoint with a Nagant.
Miss Mend-Nagant-5.jpg
A Militsioner holds a Nagant when he assists Fogel to break into the house where Chiche holds Vivian, Barnet and Hopkins. In this scene the Militsioner's gun constantly switches between Nagant and FN Model 1900 in a row of continuity errors.
One more view of the Militsioner with Nagant.

Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless

When Barnet exposes Arthur Stern under the falshe identity, the latter draws a pocket hammerless nickel plated revolver that is most likely a Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless.

Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless revolver with Mother of Pearl grips - .32 S&W
During the shootout in the tunnel, Fogel (Vladimir Fogel) holds a revolver that may be the same hammerless gun.
Arthur holds the revolver during the brawl with Barnet.
Arthur threatens a taxi driver.
What seems to be the same revolver is seen near Arthur in the climactic scene. When Arthur picks up the gun, it switches to an FN Model 1900 pistol.

Pistols

Mauser C96

Mauser C96 pistols are sidearms of the American police (totally inappropriate weapon) during the confrontation with striking workers. In the scene in Leningrad, several of Chiche's henchmen use Mauser C96s.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
A Mauser holster of a police officer is seen.
One of the police officers who arrests Vivian holds a Mauser C96.
A police officer in center holds a Mauser C96.
Barnet grapples with a henchman in gas mask for the pistol. The gun is glossy and shiny, maybe nickel plated.
Another view of the same scene.
A Militsioner holds a Mauser C96 during the chase after Chiche in the final scene.

Mauser C96 "Bolo"

One of Chiche's henchmen holds a short barreled Mauser C96 "Bolo" model. In the climactic scene Fogel's (Vladimir Fogel) FN Model 1900 switches to a Mauser "Bolo" due to a continuity error.

Mauser C96 "Bolo" - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Chiche's henchman at the left holds a Mauser C96 "Bolo".
Fogel runs to help Barnet who brawls with two henchmen. Previously seen Fogel's FN 1900 switches to a Mauser C96 "Bolo" (note the short barrel), and in the next moment Fogel again holds an FN 1900.

FN Model 1906

In the opening scene, a firing FN Model 1906 pistol is seen. Later Chiche (Sergey Komarov) holds same looking pistol, most likely same prop reused. Chiche's henchmen also use same pocket pistol.

FN Model 1905 - .25 ACP
An unknown person holds a pocket pistol.
He fires, provoking the police to use of weapons against the strikers.
Disguised Chiche aims the pocket pistol at the trio, demanding Stern's letter that accidentally falls in hands of Hopkins. In next moment of the same scene the pocket pistol switches to an FN Model 1900 and then back.
Miss Mend-Pocket-5.jpg
A closer view of Chiche's pistol.
Chiche's henchwoman aims a pocket pistol at Hopkins. A henchman next to her holds an FN Model 1900.
In the climactic scene, Fogel's (Vladimir Fogel) pistol several times switch from one model to another. One of the guns that he holds is the same pocket pistol.

FN Model 1900

When Chiche's pistol in the scene when he threatens the trio is seen close, it switches from a pocket pistol to an FN Model 1900. Later Chiche uses an FN 1900 in several scenes. FN 1900 pistols are also used by Arthur Stern (Ivan Koval-Samborsky), Engineer Berg (the second role of Ivan Koval-Samborsky), Fogel (Vladimir Fogel), Chiche's henchmen and Soviet Militsiya personnel.

FN Model 1900 - .32 ACP
A close-up of Chiche's FN 1900 when it switches from a pocket pistol.
Miss Mend-FN1900-2.jpg
Chiche fires.
Berg draws his pistol in the scene on the steamer.
Fogel fires at Chiche's henchman, grappling with Barnet.
Arthur with an FN 1900.
A Militsioner aims his FN 1900 at Hopkins, thinking him to be Chiche's henchman.
Arthur, realising that Chiche decieved and used him, commits suicide.
The head of local Militsiya draws his pistol in the final scene.
Chiche holds an FN 1900 in the final scene when he tries to escape through the elevator shaft.

Webley & Scott Metropolitan Police

Chiche (Sergey Komarov) holds a Webley & Scott Metropolitan Police pistol in the final scene.

Webley & Scott Metropolitan Police Pistol - .32 ACP
Chiche, in gas mask, draws his pistol.
Miss Mend-WebleyPistol-2.jpg
He fires at Elizabeth Stern...
...and puts the pistol back in pocket.

Steyr M1908

In the opening scene the commander of the police unit holds a Steyr M1908.

Steyr M1908 - .32 ACP
The commander of the police unit raises the Steyr M1908, ordering to push aside the striking workers. The holster that is seen on his belt matches this model.
Miss Mend-Pistol-2.jpg
Another view of the pistol.

Unidentified pistol

In the climactic scene, Fogel's (Vladimir Fogel) pistol several times switch from one model to another. One of the guns that he holds is an unidentified pistol, seen only partially. This is a compact pistol but larger than FN Model 1906 that Fogel also holds in this scene.

The barrel of Fogel's pistol is seen.

Rifles

Mannlicher M1895

American police use Mannlicher M1895 Stutzen short rifles during the crackdown on striking workers. Fogel (Vladimir Fogel) captures a Mannlicher from a police officer during attempt to save Vivian from arrest.

Steyr Repetier-Stutzen M1895 - 8x50mmR Mannlicher
One of the police officers, arresting Vivian, holds a Mannlicher short rifle.
Another view of the rifle.
Miss Mend-Mannlicher-4.jpg
Police officers (Vladimir Uralskiy at the right) hold Mannlicher short rifles.
A police officer aims his rifle at Fogel.
Fogel holds a captured rifle.

Mosin Nagant M1891

Soviet border guards in Leningrad hold Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles when they cordon off the plague steamer.

Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon - 7.62x54mm R
Miss Mend-Mosin91-1.jpg

Berdan No.2 Carbine

During the crackdown on striking workers, one of the police officers holds an unidentified carbine. It may be a Berdan No.2 carbine.

A family of Berdan No.2 rifles: 1 - Infantry rifle, 2 - Dragoon rifle, 3 - Cossack rifle, 4 - carbine. Drawing from Strelkovoye orujie ("Firearms") by Aleksandr Juck.
A police officer at the left holds a carbine.

Shotguns

Berdan Shotgun

A watchman in Stern's estate holds a Berdan shotgun when the trio makes an attempt to sneak in the estate.

Berdanka bolt action shotgun - 28 Gauge
Miss Mend-Berdanka-1.jpg
The watchman with the shotgun in hands runs to search for the intruders.
The watchman meets a police officer.

Trivia

English language release poster


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