White Wolves (Weisse Wölfe)

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White Wolves (Weisse Wölfe)
Weisse wlfecover.jpg
Original German Poster
Country GDR.jpg East Germany
YUG.jpg Yugoslavia
Directed by Konrad Petzold
Release Date 1969
Language German
Studio DEFA
Bosna Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Farsighted Falcon Gojko Mitic
Catherine Emerson Barbara Brylska
Sheriff Pat Patterson Holger Mahlich
James Bashan Rolf Hoppe
Samuel 'Sam' D. Blake Helmut Schreiber
Andy Sleek Karl Zugowski
Peter Hille Fred Delmare
Cunning Fox Slobodan Dimitrijevic
Strong Left Hand Slobodan Velimirovic


White Wolves (Weisse Wölfe) is a 1969 East German-Yugoslavian "Red Western" movie. The story loosely follows Trail of the Falcon, again starring Gojko Mitic as Farsighted Falcon.


The following weapons were used in the film White Wolves (Weisse Wölfe):

Contents


Revolvers

Colt 1851 Navy Cartridge

Cartridge versions of Colt 1851 Navy revolvers are used by Sheriff deputies Peter Hille (Fred Delmare) and Andy Sleek (Karl Zugowski), Samuel 'Sam' D. Blake (Helmut Schreiber), and numerous Bashan's henchmen. Most revolvers have brass frame and barrel and white cylinder; supposedly there are two such props, reused in many scenes. The lack of the pin that fixes the barrel with the frame on original Colt 1851 allows to guess that these screen guns are versions, originally made for metallic cartridges (rather than converted from cap and ball model), likely of European production. One more prop, with white frame and black cylinder, has said pin on place so it appears to be a genuine converted cap and ball revolver or a more faithful replica.

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For comparison: Colt 1851 Navy with a cartridge conversion. This is a reproduction of the gun used by Eli Wallach in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly and imported by Cimmaron Arms.
One of Bashan's bandits holds a Colt Navy during the attack on Blake's wagon. The barrel is seen blurry due to fast motion but the cylinder can be seen quite well.
Deputy Hille hands one of his revolvers to Sam Blake. This is the prop with white frame and black cylinder.
Sam Blake holds this revolver.
Deputy Hille holds two revolvers, one of which (seen partially) is of different version and is described below.
Hille with his revolvers.
Deputy Sleek with a Colt Navy revolver. In previous moment he hold a Reichsrevolver M1879 (see below).
Train attendant (Günter Rüger) holds a revolver at the background.
Confrontation between Sheriff Patterson and bandits. Second from the left bandit (Gert Hänsch) holds a Colt Navy revolver.

One more prop of Colt 1851 Navy has its lever under the barrel removed that makes it look similar to Colt 1851 Navy (Richards-Mason Conversion). This revolver is seen in hands Peter Hille (Fred Delmare) (only in one scene) and of several bandits.

For comparison: Colt 1851 Navy with Richards-Mason cartridge conversion - .38 Long Colt.
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One of Bashan's henchmen holds a Colt 1851 Navy with removed lever in the scene on the gold mine.
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Deputy Hille with two Colt Navy revolvers, one of which lacks the lever.
Same prop is seen in hand of a bandit in center.

Colt Single Action Army

Cavalry Model

Single Action Army revolvers of Cavalry model often switch with Colt 1851 Navy revolvers due to continuity errors. They are seen in hands of Sheriff deputies Peter Hille (Fred Delmare) and Andy Sleek (Karl Zugowski), Sam Blake (Helmut Schreiber), the manager of the gold mine and the gang boss James Bashan (Rolf Hoppe) and many of his men. The revolvers that are seen close enough seem to lack spring-loaded ejector rods, and rod housings are empty; another feature of most of these revolvers is the lack of the cover of loading gate. At least a single of SAA revolvers lacks its front sight. These guns appear to be same props, seen in other DEFA productions.

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Colt Single Action Army with 7.5" barrel known as the "Cavalry" model - .45 Long Colt
Sam Blake fires at bandits.
Two guards on the gold mine hold SAA Cavalry revolvers (the third guard, at the background, is armed with a Reichsrevolver).
A bandit fires a SAA Cavalry revolver.
A close view of Bashan's SAA Cavalry revolver.
Confrontation between Sheriff Patterson and bandits. A bandit at the left (Gerd Staiger) and treacherous Deputy Sleek hold SAA Cavalry revolvers. Sheriff is armed with an SAA Artillery revolver (see below).
Another view of Sleek's revolver in same scene.
A good view of a revolver in hand of a bandit.
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A close view of one of Hille's revolvers.
Indian scout David (Predrag Milinkovic) fires at a bandit.

Artillery Model

Sheriff Pat Patterson (Holger Mahlich) carries an Artillery Model revolver in one scene (in most scenes he is armed with a Reichsrevolver M1879), see below). Some of Bashan's henchmen are also seen with SAA Artillery revolvers, probably same prop reused.

Colt Single Action Army with 5.5" barrel known as the "Artillery" model - .45 Long Colt
A bandit loads his revolver when preparing for the attack on Blake's wagon.
Same bandit disables Deputy Hille.
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Sheriff Patterson with his SAA Artillery. In previous and following scenes he is mostly seen with a Reichsrevolver 1879.
Sheriff Patterson (seen from the back) in confrontation with bandits.
A bandit with SAA Artillery revolver.
A bandit at the right with SAA Artillery revolver.
A bandit (Gerhard Neubauer) in center holds SAA Artillery revolver and Reichsrevolver.

Reichsrevolver M1879

Out of place Reichsrevolver M1879 revolvers are used by Sheriff Pat Patterson (Holger Mahlich), James Bashan (Rolf Hoppe) and several of his men, and US Army officers, notably Capt. Wessels (Horst Preusker).

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Reichsrevolver M1879 Revolver - 10.6x25R
Capt. Wessels (his shoulder straps look more like Maj. Gen.) and one of his officers fire Reichsrevolvers at escaping Indians.
Bashan kills Farsighted Falcon's wife.
A good view of a Reichsrevolver in hands of a guard of the gold mine.
Jim (Milan Jablonský) with a Reichsrevolver.
Sheriff Patterson holds Bashan and his men at gunpoint.
Deputy Andy Sleek (Karl Zugowski) with a Reichsrevolver. In next moment his gun switches to a Colt 1851 Navy.
Sheriff Patterson fires at pursuing bandits.
A bandit with a Reichsrevolver. His revolver lacks the lanyard ring.
A closeup of bandit's (Gerhard Neubauer) Reichsrevolver.

Pistols

Unidentified pistols

Two muzzleloading pistols (most likely percussion cap) are seen on the wall in Capt. Wessels's house.

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A pistol in center is fitted with a small buttstock.

A pistol with small buttstock is seen in center.

Rifles

Winchester Model 1892 Carbine

Farsighted Falcon (Gojko Mitic) carries a Winchester Model 1892 carbine throughout the movie. His rifle lacks the saddle ring, instead fitted with a custom sling swivel below the magazine tube, but in all other features this Winchester matches Saddle Ring carbine. In one scene Farsighted Falcon's and Sheriff Pat Patterson's rifles switch to each other: Dacota chieftain holds a Winchester 1873 while Sheriff holds a Winchester 1892.

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Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine - .32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20.
A close view of the Winchester. The sling swivel below the magazine tube is seen.
Farsighted Falcon aims.
A view from another side.
Farsighted Falcon loads his Winchester. Sheriff Patterson holds a Winchester Model 1873 at the right; in next moment rifles of Farsighted Falcon and Patterson replace by one another.
Patterson reloads Winchester 1892.
Patterson fires.
Farsighted Falcon loads his rifle.
Farsighted Falcon works the lever.

Winchester Model 1873 Carbine

Winchester Model 1873 carbines are seen in hands of Sheriff Pat Patterson (Holger Mahlich), deputy Andy Sleek (Karl Zugowski), Indian warriors Cunning Fox (Slobodan Dimitrijevic) and Strong Left Hand (Slobodan Velimirovic), representative of the gold mining company Collins P. Harrington (Horst Schulze) and Bashan's bandits. In one scene Farsighted Falcon's and Sheriff Pat Patterson's rifles switch to each other: Dacota chieftain holds a Winchester 1873 while Sheriff holds a Winchester 1892.

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Winchester Model 1873 carbine - 1st generation rifle - 44-40 Winchester
Cunning Fox with a Winchester 1873.
Harrinton holds a Winchester 1873.
Strong Left Hand holds a Winchester, taken from disarmed soldier. In next moment his gun switches to a Schuetzen rifle and then back to Winchester.
Bandit Roy (Bruno Carstens) with a Winchester 1873.
Treacherous Deputy Sleek (in center) holds a Winchester 1873.
A good view of Cunning Fox's Winchester.
Sheriff Patterson fires.
A continuity error: Farsighted Falcon holds a Winchester 1873 instead of his Model 1892.

Martini Action Schuetzen Rifle

Single shot Martini Schuetzen rifles, popular German target guns, are used by US soldiers and Bashan's bandits. Catherine Emerson (Barbara Brylska) holds a Martini rifle in one scene.

German manufactured Martini Action Schuetzen Rifle
Martini-Stahl system Schuetzen Rifle - 8.15x46mm R
A soldier on guard in Fort Robinson.
A soldier on guard in Fort Robinson.
Schuetzen rifles in gun rack in Sheriff Patterson's office. Some of them appear to be Martini or Martini-Stahl.
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Catherine Emerson with a Martini Schuetzen rifle.
A bandit in center holds a Martini Schuetzen rifle.

Kessler Schuetzen Rifle

Kessler Schuetzen rifles (an improved version of Martini system) used by Cheyenne chieftain Little Wolf (Milivoje Popovic-Mavid) and his warriors, and Bashan's bandits. The typical feature of Kessler rifles that allows to differ this model from other similar guns is a one-piece wooden stock.

German Kessler Schuetzen rifle
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Strong Left Hand (Slobodan Velimirovic) breaks the stock of his rifle against the latch in barracks where Cheyennes were held, but he still fires the broken gun. Note the one-piece stock, a typical feature of Kessler rifle.
Cheyenne chieftain Little Wolf (second from the right) holds a Kessler rifle.
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A Cheyenne warrior with Kessler rifle guards captured Peter Hille and David.
Schuetzen rifles in gun rack in Sheriff Patterson's office. Some of them (at least third from the left) appear to be Kessler rifles.
Confrontation between Sheriff Patterson and bandits. Bandit Jim (Milan Jablonský) in white shirt holds a Schuetzen rifle, most likely a Kessler model.
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A bandit with Kessler rifle appears from the window but is shot by David.

Aydt Schuetzen Rifle

Aydt system Schuetzen rifles are seen in hands of US soldiers and Cheyenne warriors.

German Aydt Schuetzen rifle - 8.15x46R mm
A soldier at the left holds an Aydt rifle.
What appears to be an Aydt rifle is seen in hands of a guard on the gold mine (background right).
A Cheyenne warrior at the left holds an Aydt rifle.

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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