Pyramid of the Sun God (Die Pyramide des Sonnengottes)

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Pyramid of the Sun God
(Die Pyramide des Sonnengottes)
Die Pyramide des Sonnengottes Poster.jpg
Original German Theatrical Release Poster
Country GER.jpg Germany
FRA.jpg France
ITA.jpg Italy
YUG.jpg Yugoslavia
Directed by Robert Siodmak
Release Date 1965
Language German
Studio CCC Film
Avala Film
Franco London Films
Main Cast
Character Actor
Dr. Karl Sternau Lex Barker
Capt. Lazoro Verdoja Rik Battaglia
Alfonso di Rodriganda Gérard Barray
Josefa Michèle Girardon
Rosita Arbellez Alessandra Panaro
Karja Theresa Lorca
Frank Wilson Kelo Henderson
Andreas Hasenpfeffer Ralf Wolter


Pyramid of the Sun God (original German title Die Pyramide des Sonnengottes) is a 1965 Eurowestern directed by Robert Siodmak and based on the novel by Karl May. It is the second film of the dilogy, following Treasure of the Aztecs (also 1965). The hunt for the ancient Aztec treasure continues, involving Dr. Sternau (Lex Barker), Count Alfonso di Rodriganda (Gerard Barray), his mistress Josefa (Michele Girardon) and Lazoro Verdoja (Rik Battaglia), former Mexican Army Captain turned bandit chief.


The following weapons were used in the film Pyramid of the Sun God (Die Pyramide des Sonnengottes):

Contents


Revolvers

Enfield No. 2 Mk.I

Like in the first part, Capt. Verdoja (Rik Battaglia) carries the Enfield No.2 Mk I revolver with custom pearl or ivory grips.

Enfield No. 2 Mk.I Original configuration with spurred hammer - .38 S&W
The grip is seen.
Verdoja holds his revolver at Rosita' head.

Smith & Wesson Military & Police

Like in the first part, Dr. Sternau (Lex Barker) and Count Alfonso di Rodriganda (Gérard Barray) carry Smith & Wesson Military & Police revolvers. Capt. Verdoja (Rik Battaglia) holds the M&P revolver instead of his Enfield No.2 Mk I in a continuty error. M&P revolvers are also seen in hands of bandits in reused footage of the first part.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver with 5" Barrel - .38 Special
Verdoja holds the M&P revolver during the attack on hacienda instead of Enfield No.2.
Verdoja examines Alfonso di Rodriganda's M&P revolver.
A bandit fires the M&P (reused footage).
Sternau holds the M&P revolver while exploring the Aztec temple.
Alfonso holds his revolver in the final scene.

Colt Official Police Target

Like in the first part, Mexican Army Lt. Potoca (Gustavo Rojo) carries the Colt-style revolver with target sights, possibly Colt Official Police Target, also anachronistic for mid-19th century.

Colt Officer Model Target with 6" barrel - 38 Spl. Manufactured 1937
Potoca holds his revolver.
Potoca with Colt and Dr. Sternau (Lex Barker) with Smith & Wesson Military & Police explore the Aztec temple.

Single Action Army

Like in the first part, Frank Wilson (Kelo Henderson) carries the Single Action Army-style revolver. It is some modern replica that differs in details from original gun.

Colt Single Action Army with 5.5" barrel known as the "Artillery" model. The most common of the SAA revolvers as it is just the right length. - .45 Long Colt
Wilson fires at the bandits during the attack on hacienda.
Another view of Wilson's revolver in the same scene.
The grip is seen.
Frank draws his revolver. This is possibly a different prop as this gun has the ejector rod unlike the previously seen revolver.

In one scene Wilson carries the Cavalry version of SAA revolver.

Colt Single Action Army with 7.5" barrel known as the "Cavalry" model - .45 Long Colt
Frank, disguised as a peasant, holds the SAA Cavalry model.

Reichsrevolver M1883

The Reichsrevolver M1883 is seen in hands of a bandit.

Reichsrevolver M1883 - 10.6x25R
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Die Pyramide des Sonnengottes-Reichsrevolver1883-2.jpg

Colt 1851 Navy

Colt 1851 Navy revolvers (probably modern replicas) are used by several bandits.

Colt 1851 Navy - .36 caliber
A Colt Navy is seen in hands of Verdoja's man at the left.
A bandit is shot and drops his Colt Navy.
Another view of the same character.

Colt 1860 Army

What appears to be a Colt 1860 Army with pearl grips is briefly seen in hands of a bandit.

Colt 1860 Army - .44 caliber
A man at the left holds Frank Wilson at gunpoint.
He puts the revolver back in holster.

Pistols

Percussion Cap Pistol

Like in the first part, Andreas Hasenpfeffer (Ralf Wolter) is armed with a single-shot Percussion Cap Pistol, resembling Chatellerault Cavalry Model 1833.

Chatellerault Model 1833 Cavalry Pistol - .69 cal
Hasenpfeffer holds the pistol (at the left).
Hasenpfeffer reloads the pistol.
A close view of the barrel.

Muskets

Percussion Cap Carbine

Most Verdoja's bandits and Potoca's soldiers carry percussion cap short muskets. These guns resemble 1862 Richmond Carbine but have differently placed barrel bands and the brass patch box on the buttstock, similar to the one seen on Model 1841 Mississippi Rifle. This gun may be carbine version of the Remington 1863 Zouave.

Remington 1863 Zouave carbine.
Verdoja's men, still wearing Mexican Amry tunics, aim their muskets.
Several muskets are seen when the bandits rob the coach.
Bandits attack the hacienda.
A peasant, ecorting captured Verdoja, is hit by arrow.
Potoca's soldier carries the carbine. Note the brass patch box on the buttstock.
A Chichimeca tribal warrior fires the carbine.
Bandits in shootout.

Remington 1863 Zouave

Some Remington 1863 Zouave are also seen.

Remington 1863 Zouave Rifle - .58 Minie ball
A peasant holds the musket, guarding captured Verdoja. Note the patch box on the buttstock.



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