Saskatchewan

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Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Raoul Walsh
Release Date 1954
Studio Universal Pictures
Distributor Universal Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Inspector Thomas O'Rourke Alan Ladd
Grace Markey Shelley Winters
Batouche J. Carrol Naish
Carl Smith Hugh O'Brian
Superintendent Benton Robert Douglas
Sergeant Lawson George J. Lewis
Constable Abbott Richard Long
Cajou Jay Silverheels


Saskatchewan is a 1954 adventure movie directed by Raoul Walsh and based on an original story by Gil Doud. The film stars Alan Ladd and Shelley Winters. The story is set in 1877 in northern Canada. North-West Mounted Police Inspector Thomas O'Rourke (Alan Ladd) and his Cree sworn brother Cajou (Jay Silverheels) encounter remains of wagon train, massacred and burned by some native tribe; Grace Markey (Shelley Winters) is a sole survivor. Incompetent Superintendent Benton (Robert Douglas) believes that attackers were Cree and orders to disarm the tribe. O'Rourke has to find the truth not only about the attack but also about the shady past of Grace with whom he falls in love.


The following weapons were used in the film Saskatchewan:

Contents


Revolvers

Single Action Army

Single Action Army Cavalry Model revolvers are used by Inspector Thomas O'Rourke (Alan Ladd), Grace Markey (Shelley Winters), Superintendent Benton (Robert Douglas), and Chief Superintendent Banks (Lowell Gilmore). Carl Smith (Hugh O'Brian), a lawman from Montana, carries an Artillery Model revolver. Local hunter and guide Batouche (J. Carrol Naish) and NWMP Constable Brill (Bob Herron) and Sergeant Lawson (George J. Lewis) carry SAA revolvers of unclear model in holsters.

Note: see additional screenshots and promotional images on talk page.

Colt Single Action Army with 7.5" barrel known as the "Cavalry" model - .45 Long Colt
Colt Single Action Army with 5.5" barrel known as the "Artillery" model - .45 Long Colt
Grace Markey holds a revolver when O'Rourke finds the remains of wagon train.
O'Rourke holds his revolver in same scene.
Smith draws an Artillery Model revolver to shoot at a Cree warrior who seized O'Rourke's Winchester and rides away. Benton (at the right) carries a Cavalry Model revolver in holster.
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Benton fires his revolver at Sioux warriors who attack the NWMP unit that transports guns, confiscated from Cree tribe.
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Benton draws his revolver during the conflict with O'Rourke.
A closeup of Benton's revolver.
O'Rourke holds the revolver, taken from disarmed Benton.
Benton and Banks with their revolver during Sioux attack.

Rifles

Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine

Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbines, not fitting for 1877, are used by Thomas O'Rourke (Alan Ladd), Cajou (Jay Silverheels), Batouche (J. Carrol Naish), NWMP personnel and several Sioux warchiefs, notably Spotted Eagle (Anthony Caruso).

Note: see additional screenshots and promotional images on talk page.

Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine - .32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20.
O'Rourke competes in marksmanship with Cajou.
Cajou throws a tree branch in air, and O'Rourke makes a perfect shot. Lettering "Cajou" is seen on the buttstock of the carbine.
Rifles, confiscated from Cree tribe. Numerous Trapdoor carbines (see below) are seen at the background, while Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbines and fake "Winchester Model 1876 Muskets" (see below) are seen at the foreground.
Batouche fires his carbine during the attack of Sioux.
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NWMP Constables fire at attacking Sioux warriors. They also carry Single Action Army revolvers in holsters.
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Batouche, O'Rourke and Constable Cook (John Cason) shoot to explode gunpowder in the weapon-loaded wagon that is already seized by Sioux.
Sioux warchiefs with Winchester carbines during the attack on Banks' unit. Saddle rings are seen.
Grace Markey (Shelley Winters) shows that her marksmanship is no lesser than of O'Rourke and Cajou.

Winchester Model 1892 Rifle

A Winchester Model 1892 short rifle is seen in hands of Constable Abbott (Richard Long).

Winchester 1892 -.32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20.
Abbot (at the right) holds a Winchester Model 1892 short rifle while O'Rourke and Bartouche are armed with carbines.

Winchester Model 1892 (visually modified)

Some Sioux warriors and NWMP constables carry Winchester Model 1892 rifles or carbines, visually modified to resemble earlier Winchesters (most similar to Winchester Model 1876 in musket configuration). Similar props can be seen in various Western movies, like Drum Beat.

Winchester 1892 -.32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20.
For comparison: Winchester Model 1876 musket-carbine
A Sioux warrior, accompanying Spotted Eagle, holds a visually modified Winchester 1892 at the background.
A Sioux warrior at the right holds a visually modified Winchester 1892.
A barrel of visually modified Winchester 1892 is seen in a canoe that transports weapons, confiscated from Cree.
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One of the constables of Banks' unit (at the left) fires a visually modified Winchester 1892.

Springfield Model 1873 Cavalry Carbine

Sioux and Cree warriors are also armed with Springfield Model 1873 Cavalry Carbines.

Replica Springfield Model 1873 Cavalry Carbine "Trapdoor Springfield" built by Uberti Arms - .45-70
A Sioux warchief with a Trapdoor carbine.
A Cree chief (in center) and one of Cree warriors (at the right) hold Trapdoor carbines.
A Cree warrior (at the right) holds a Trapdoor carbine.


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