Rio Grande

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Rio Grande (1950)

Rio Grande is a 1950 Western directed by John Ford starring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, and many members of the so-called "John Ford Stock Company", including Victor McLaglen, Ben Johnson, and Harry Carey Jr.. It is the final installment of John Ford's unofficial "Cavalry Trilogy", following 1948's Fort Apache and 1949's She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

The first two films were made with RKO, while Rio Grande was made with Republic Pictures. John Ford, John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara were originally supposed to have made The Quiet Man first, but Republic, one of the smaller studios, wasn't certain about the prospects for The Quiet Man and insisted that Rio Grande be made first to cover any potential losses. (Ironically, The Quiet Man would go on to make more money than Rio Grande.) With Republic, the budget for Rio Grande was roughly half of what was spent on Fort Apache, and indeed some of the more manpower intensive scenes in Rio Grande were recycled from Fort Apache.

This would be the first of five films that paired John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. John Wayne's son Patrick Wayne makes his film debut, but not as LTC Kirby Yorke's son, but as an uncredited boy. (Although many might assume that LTC Kirby Yorke is just an older version of CPT Kirby York from Fort Apache, this is not the case. Victor McLaglen and Ben Johnson play characters who had similar names in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, but they are obviously different characters as well.)

The following weapons are used in Rio Grande:

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Springfield Model 1873 Cavalry Carbine

The main weapon of the cavalry is the Springfield Model 1873 Cavalry Carbine.

Replica Springfield Model 1873 Cavalry Carbine "Trapdoor Springfield" built by Uberti Arms - .45-70
Troopers, including Troopers Travis Tyree (Ben Johnson) and Daniel "Sandy" Boone (Harry Carey Jr.) firing upon the Apaches during the surprise attack.
Another two troopers return fire during the surprise attack.
Dr. Wilkins (Chill Wills) with his carbine during the surprise attack.
Trooper Heinze (Fred Kennedy) dismounts to fire his carbine during the attack on the caravan.
Troopers fire from behind cover.
CPT Prescott (Steve Pendleton) with his carbine as he reports to LTC Yorke (John Wayne).
Trooper Boone with his carbine.

Colt Single Action Army

Cavalry troopers carry Colt Single Action Army revolvers as sidearms. There appears to be a mix of both Quick-Draw and Cavalry models.

Colt Single Action Army w/ 4.75" barrel, case colored and blued, referred to as "Quick-Draw" or "Civilian" model.
Colt Single Action Army w/ 7.5" barrel known as the "Cavalry" model.
Capt. St. Jacques (Peter Ortiz) with his SAA Cavalry.
The Deputy Marshal (Grant Withers) aims at a fleeing Tyree.
Trooper Heinze facing off against a charging Apache with his drawn SAA.
Ummm, spoiler?
Trooper Tyree holds off the charging Apache with Trooper Yorke's (Claude Jarman Jr.) SAA Quick-Draw.
LTC Yorke with his SAA Quick-Draw.

Winchester Model 1892

Many of the Apaches are armed with Winchester Model 1892 repeating rifles. Troopers Boone, Tyree and Yorke are armed with them when they sneak into the Indian village.

Winchester 1892 - .38-40
Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine - .32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20.
The one on the left with a Winchester Model 1892. This is reused footage from Fort Apache.
The one on the left with a Winchester Model 1892. This is also reused footage from Fort Apache.
This is also reused footage from Fort Apache
Trooper Boone with his Winchester Model 1892.
Troopers Boone and Tyree firing upon the advancing Apache while Trooper Yorke reloads behind them.

Winchester Model 1873

Some of the Apaches are seen with Winchester Model 1873 repeating rifles. Much of the footage of the Apaches firing is reused from Fort Apache.

Winchester Model 1873 carbine - 1st generation rifle - 44-40 Cal.
The one on the right with a Winchester Model 1892. This is reused footage from Fort Apache.
The one on the right with a Winchester Model 1892. This is reused footage from Fort Apache.

Winchester Model 1876

Some of the Apaches are seen with Winchester Model 1876 musket carbines. Much of the footage of the Apaches firing is reused from Fort Apache.

Winchester Model 1876 musket-carbine
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Double Barreled Shotgun

One of the deputy marshals (uncredited) is armed with a Double Barreled Shotgun.

J. Stevens and Company Side by Side Shotgun (Circa 1878) exposed hammers and designed to fire Black Powder shotgun shells - 12 Gauge
RG DBS 01.jpg

Brass cannon

A small brass cannon is seen at the fort. It is fired once during the Apache sneak attack.

RG cannon 01.jpg
The cannon fires.



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