Sergeant York is a 1941 war movie directed by Howard Hawks that chronicles the life of Sergeant Alvin York from 1915 to 1919. Gary Cooper plays Alvin York as his life struggles between religious convictions and patriotism. York is a simple backwoods farm boy from Pall Mall, Tennessee, when he is thrown into the First World War. Taking the bull by the horns, he leads his men during a battle in which he captures 132 German soldiers during the Battle of Argonne, and earning the Congressional Medal of Honor.
- Actors: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie, George Tobias, Stanley Ridges, Dickie Moore, Noah Beery Jr., Ward Bond, Joe Sawyer, Pat Flaherty
- Directors: Howard Hawks
The following guns were used in the movie Sergeant York:
Colt Single Action Army 7 1/2" Barrel Revolver
1873 Trapdoor Springfield
1903 Springfield RifleWhile the movie throughout shows York using the standard-issue M1903 Springfield, in real life Sergeant Alvin York was issued an 1917 Enfield rifle.
Maxim MG08 Machine Gun
Mauser Gewehr 1898 Rifle
Colt 1911 Pistol
Luger P08 Pistol
Originally, Sgt. Alvin York used his M1911 sidearm while taking cover in a crater, gunned down six Germans with his M1911 pistol, firing back to front like he hunted turkeys but M1911 Pistols were difficult to covert to blanks at the time of filming so they simply had Cooper liberate Luger P08 off of a dead German soldier. Cooper having met York initially refused to shoot the scene with the Luger, but was told because of timing they needed to shoot the scene with the weapon, and was promised they'd re-shoot the scene with the M1911, but this never happened.