Scout (Der Scout), The

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The Scout (Der Scout)
Der Scout Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country GDR.jpg East Germany
MON.jpg Mongolia
Directed by Konrad Petzold
Dshamjangijn Buntar
Release Date 1983
Language German
Studio DEFA
Mongolkino
Main Cast
Character Actor
White Feather Gojko Mitic
Cayuse girl Battsetseg Natsagdorj
Sgt. Anderson Klaus Manchen
Maj. Brannigan Milan Beli
Lt. Brooks Giso Weißbach
Pvt. Hicks Jurgen Heinrich
Pvt. Hunter Uwe Jellinek
Pvt. McGoun Roland Seidler
Col. Howard Manfred Zetzsche


The Scout (Der Scout; full German title Der Scout - Tausend Mustangs und ein Hauptling) is a 1983 East German-Mongolian Western ("Red Western") movie directed by Konrad Petzold and Dshamjangijn Buntar and starring Gojko Mitic as White Feather, the chief of Nez Perces tribe in 1877. White Feather takes a mission to return horses of his tribe, taken away by US cavalry. In order to complete his mission he volunteered to be a scout in Col. Howard's unit. This is the last appearance of Gojko Mitic in DEFA Westerns, started in 1966 in The Sons of Great Bear (but not last his appearance in Western genre).


The following weapons were used in the film The Scout (Der Scout):

Contents


Revolvers

Colt Single Action Army Cavalry Model

Colt Single Action Army Cavalry Model revolvers are used by US cavalry officers, notably Maj. Brannigan (Milan Beli) and Col. Howard (Manfred Zetzsche).

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Colt Single Action Army with 7.5" barrel known as the "Cavalry" model - .45 Long Colt
A closeup of Cavalry Model revolver.
Sleeping Brannigan has his revolver at hand.
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Brannigan draws the revolver.
Col. Howard (in center) draws his revolver. It appears to be the revolver with brass frame, often seen in other DEFA Western movies.
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A cavalryman fires at attacking Cayuse warriors. Note that the revolver lacks firing pin.
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A cavalryman fires his revolver. This SAA completly lacks the extractor.

Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873

Sgt. Anderson (Klaus Manchen) carries a Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873 revolver. In several scenes Pvt. Hicks (Jürgen Heinrich) carries a holstered revolver that also appears to be a Chamelot-Delvigne.

Chamelot-Delvigne Mle. 1873 (factory bare finish) - 11x17.8mmR
Anderson (in center) carries his revolver in holster.
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Anderson interrogates White Feather.
Anderson carries his revolver in holster.
Anderson aims.
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Hicks carries a revolver in holster. The grip matches Chamelot-Delvigne.
Anderson fires and shoots a pistol off the hand of Cayuse girl.
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Wounded Anderson holds his revolver during the last battle with Cayuses.

Reichsrevolver M1879

Lt. Brooks (Giso Weißbach) and Pvts. McGoun (Roland Seidler) and Hunter (Uwe Jellinek) carry Reichsrevolver M1879 revolvers.

Reichsrevolver M1879 - 10.6x25R
McGoun shoots his revolver to ignite gunpowder and set fire to the grass.
Hunter holds the revolver.
Hunter aims at White Feather.
A closeup of Hunter's revolver.
Hunter convoys White Feather.
Brooks' revolver is seen in night scene.
During the final battle with Cayuses McGoun aims at White Feather and Cayuse girl...
...but he received a well-aimed arrow in the chest.
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Brooks fires his revolver during the last battle. In previous moment he was seen with a single shot pistol (see below).

Unidentified revolver

In one scene Pvt. Hicks briefly holds a revolver that looks different from other handguns in the movie. It isn't seen clear enough for identification.

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Pistols

Double Barreled Percussion Cap Pistol

A girl of Cayuse tribe (Battsetseg Natsagdorj) steals a double barreled percussion cap pistol from the vagon of cattleman Parker (Helmut Schreiber).

Alexander Henry Howdah - .577 pistol. White the sceen gun seems not large enough for real Howdah Pistol, it has very similar outlook.
The Cayuse girl steals the pistol from Parker's belongings. The pistol has langyard ring on the grip.
Slightly blurry (due to fast motion) view of the pistol allows to see the ramrod under the barrels.
Cayuse girl aims her gun at White Feather.
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A close view of the pistol. The details of the lock allows to guess that the pistol was converted from flintlock to percussion cap.
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Cayuse girl aims at Col. Howard.

Sigle Shot Breech Loaging Pistol

Lt. Brooks (Giso Weißbach) carries a large handgun that appears to be a kind of single shot, breech loading pistol of mid-19th century. This gun switches with Reichsrevolver M1879 due to continuty errors.

An example of single shot, breech loading pistol of roughly appropriate era: 1880s Belgian manufactured Auguste Francotte Pistolet de Tir de Salon pistol - 9mm Flobert rimfire.
Brooks carries a pistol in holster (at the left).
Another view of Brooks' pistol in holster.
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Brooks draws his gun. In next moment it switches to a Reichsrevolver M1879.

Rifles

Winchester Model 1892

Out of time Winchester Model 1892 carbine, standing for earlier Winchester models, is used by Pvt. Charles Randall (Hartmut Beer). After Randall's death Pvt. McGoun (Roland Seidler) takes his rifle, and it falls in hands of White Feather (Gojko Mitic) in the final battle. The carbine has a sling swivel under the tube magazine and lacks the saddle ring.

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Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine - .32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20.
Randall fires at noticed hiding Nes Perce.
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Randall holds his Winchester.
A closeup of the receiver.
A closeup of the barrel.
A scene of mock execution of White Feather who is suspected in treachery. McGoun (at the right) holds a Winchester M1892.
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A good view of Winchester in McGoun's hands.
White Feather with the Winchester during the battle.
He holds the rifle after the battle.

Remington Rolling Block

Remington Rolling Block rifles are used by Nez Perces warriors and US cavalrymen, notably Pvts. Hicks (Jurgen Heinrich) and Hunter (Uwe Jellinek).

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Remington Rolling Block Militarized - .45 caliber
A Nez Perces warrior at the left holds a full-length Remington Rolling Block.
A Nez Perces warrior aims at Col. Howard.
Hicks holds a Rolling Block rifle during the attack of Cayuses.
Hicks and Hunter (reloading at the background) with Rolling Block rifles and Randall with Winchester Model 1892.
A scene of mock execution of White Feather who is suspected in treachery. Hicks and Hunter hold Rolling Block rifles while McGoun has a Winchester M1892.
Another view of the scene.
Hicks and Hunter arrest White Feather who is again under suspiction.
A cavalryman fires his rifle during the battle with Cayuses.

Martini Action Schuetzen Rifle

Some Nez Perces warriors and US cavalrymen are armed with single shot Martini Schuetzen rifles, popular German target and hunting guns. Parker's daughter Caroline (Erdmute Schmidt-Christian) also holds a Martini rifle.

Martini-Stahl system Schuetzen Rifle - 8.15x46mm R
A Nez Perce raises a Martini-Stahl rifle (in center).
A Martini rifle is seen at the left.
McGown's Martini rifle is seen at the background.
McGoun (at the right) holds a Martini Schuetzen rifle in the scene when White Feather takes the oath.
Another view of the same scene.
Caroline holds a Martini rifle.
Caroline (at the left) holds a Martini rifle.
Another view of same rifle.

Kessler Schuetzen Rifle

Kessler Schuetzen rifles are also seen. Kessler system was an improved version of Martini.

German Kessler Schuetzen rifle
A Kessler rifle is seen in hands of a Nez Perces warrior at the right.

Aydt Rifle

Aydt system Schuetzen rifles are also seen.

German Aydt Schuetzen rifle - 8.15x46R mm
An Aydt rifle is seen in hands of a Nez Perces warrior at the right.
An Aydt rifle is seen in hands of a Nez Perces warrior at the left.
Another view of same rifle.
A Nez Perce in blue shirt holds an Aydt rifle.
A closer view of same gun.

Mauser Schebenbüchse Rifle

Cattleman Soames Parker (Helmut Schreiber) has a rifle that appears to be a Mauser Scheibenbüchse, bolt-action target rifle based on Mauser Gewehr 1871 system.

Mauser Schebenbüchse target rifle - 9.3x57R
Bolt handle is seen.
Parker raises his rifle. Bolt handle is seen.
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Parker holds his rifle. The curly trigger guard isn't a lever, as it is on Martini and Aydt Schuetzen rifles; the piece on the stock that resembles safety button is a base for a diopter visor.

Various rifles

Rifles of unclear models are seen in hands of Nez Perces warriors and US cavalrymen. They are possibly also Schuetzen rifles, but they are seen only partially or too unclear to make a strict guess.

Two rifle barrels are seen at the left.
Cavalrymen with Schuetzen rifles of unclear model.
A cavalryman holds a rifle. The breech isn't seen so it's impossible to identify the system.
The barrel of cavalryman's rifle.

Unidentified rifle

In one scene White Feather holds a rifle that has Schuetzen style stock with semi-pistol grip and Henry-style lever. It's possibly a Marlin-Ballard system.

For comparison: Marlin-Ballard No. 9 - .32-40
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White Feather holds a rifle.
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White Feather gives the rifle to Hicks.

See Also

DEFA Studio Westerns
Starring Gojko Mitic The Sons of Great Bear (Die Söhne der großen Bärin) (1966)  •  Chingachgook, the Great Snake (Chingachgook, die große Schlange) (1967)  •  Trail of the Falcon (Spur des Falken) (1968)  •  White Wolves (Weisse Wölfe) (1969)  •  Fatal Error (Tödlicher Irrtum) (1970)  •  Osceola (1971)  •  Tecumseh (1972)  •  Apaches (Apachen) (1973)  •  Ulzana (1974)  •  Blood Brothers (Blutsbrüder) (1975)  •  Severino (1978)  •  The Scout (Der Scout) (1983)  •  Prairie Hunters in Mexico (Präriejäger in Mexiko) (1988)
Others Kit & Co. (1974)  •  Blue Bird (Blauvogel) (1979)  •  Sing, Cowboy, Sing (1981)  •  Atkins (1985)



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