|The General Died at Dawn
Theatrical Release Poster
The General Died at Dawn is a 1936 B&W adventure movie directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll and Akim Tamiroff. During the Chinese civil war in 1930s an American adventurer O'Hara (Cooper) is hired to transport a large sum of cash to Shanghai where Mr. Wu (Digges) need the money to buy smuggled guns and arm his men against Gen. Yang (Tamiroff) whose troops pillage the province. Another adventurer on Yang's service, Peter Perrie (Hall), plans to deceive O'Hara and get the money from him. A key figure in the plan is Perrie's daughter Judy.
The following weapons were used in the film The General Died at Dawn:
Colt Police Positive
A Colt Police Positive is O'Hara's (Gary Cooper) personal handgun until he is disarmed by Yang's soldiers.
Colt Police Positive with 4" Barrel - .38 Special
O'Hara draws his revolver.
The revolver is seen through the glass door of dining car.
Colt Model 1903
When O'Hara (Gary Cooper) appears in Shanghai, Mr. Wu (Dudley Digges) gives him a nickel plated Colt Model 1903. Judy Perrie (Madeleine Carroll) briefly holds O'Hara's pistol, and then Leach (J.M. Kerrigan) takes it. Wu is also seen with another pistol, a blued one.
Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Pistol Nickel with pearl grips - .32 ACP
Wu gives the pistol to O'Hara.
O'Hara draws the pistol in standoff with Peter Perrie.
The pistol in Judy's hands.
Leach aims the pistol at O'Hara and Judy.
The pistol is again in O'Hara's hands. A good view of pearl grips.
Wu (at the left) surrenders his blued Colt to Yang.
Mauser Model 1910
Peter Perrie (Porter Hall) owns a Mauser Model 1910 pocket pistol. Judy Perrie (Madeleine Carroll) holds this pistol in one scene. Later Perrie's pistol is seen in hands of Leach (J.M. Kerrigan) and at last passes to O'Hara (Gary Cooper).
1910 Mauser Pocket Pistol - 6.35x16mmSR
Judy Perrie confronts Leach with her father's pistol in hand.
Peter Perrie holds his pistol in standoff with O'Hara.
Leach gets Perrie's Mauser.
O'Hara threatens Leach with Mauser and Colt pistols.
General Yang (Akim Tamiroff), his German military advisor (Hans Fuerberg) and chief bodyguard Oxford (Philip Ahn) carry Luger P08 pistols. Most Yang's guards are armed with Luger P08 Artillery Model pistols. In the climactic scene Brighton (William Frawley) manages to get an Artillery Luger.
Luger P08 - 9x19mm. This is blank adapted movie gun.
Yang has a Luger holster on his belt. He also holds a bayonet sword of Mauser 98 rifle.
Yang's military advisor draws his Luger.
Oxford holds a Luger in the final scene.
Luger LP08 long barreled "Artillery" model - 9x19mm
Yang's bodyguards, disguised as townspeople, surprise Mr. Wu by their long barreled Lugers.
Another pair of Yang's men aim their Lugers at O'Hara.
Yang's guard holds an Artillery Luger.
The guards fire their pistols.
Yang's guards stands in two formations with pistols ready. A standard Luger, hold by Oxford, is seen at the right.
Mauser Gewehr 1898
General Yang's soldiers are armed with Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles with sword bayonets. O'Hara (Gary Cooper) birefly holds a rifle, taken from a soldier, in one scene.
Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Yang's soldiers ride on a truck.
The soldiers appear in the dining car.
A closeup of the barrel and bayonet.
sight is seen at the left.
A soldier threatens Brighton.
Colt Model 1895
General Yang's troops use Colt Model 1895 machine guns.
Colt 1895 machine gun - .30-40 Krag
A Colt machine gun is seen on the truck.
A pair of Colt machine guns are deployed by Yang's troops when they stop the train.
General Yang's troops also use Maxim MG08 machine guns.
Maxim MG08 on 'sledge' mount - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A barrel of MG08 is seen on the truck.
An MG08/15 machine gun is seen in Yang's car in the opening scene.
Maxim MG08/15 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Yang's military advisor (Hans Fuerberg
) puts his hand of the buttstock on MG08/15.