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Coast of Skeletons

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Coast of Skeletons
Coast of Skeletons Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country UKD.jpg UK
SAF flag.jpg South Africa
Directed by Robert Lynn
Release Date 1965
Studio Towers of London Productions
Hallam Productions
Distributor Constantin Film
Seven Arts Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Harry Sanders Richard Todd
A. J. Magnus Dale Robertson
Janny Von Koltze Heinz Drache
Helga Marianne Koch
Elizabeth Von Koltze Elga Andersen
Piet Van Houten Dietmar Schönherr
Tom Hamilton Derek Nimmo
Carlo Seton George Leech

Coast of Skeletons is a 1965 (filmed 1964) British-South African adventure movie directed by Robert Lynn, a sequel of 1963 film Death Drums Along the River. The movie features the main character of Edgar Wallace's 1911 novel "Sanders of the River" and the 1935 film of the same title by Zoltan Korda, although the plot is totally different. Harry Sanders (Richard Todd), British police Commissioner in West Africa, retires from service after the African colony gets independence. He is hired by the insurance company to investigate the diamond operations on the Coast of Skeletons in the South West Africa (modern-day Namibia), carried out by the shady tycoon A. J. Magnus (Dale Robertson). During the voyage, Sanders meets the skipper of Magnus' ship Janny Von Koltze (Heinz Drache), former German U-boat officer who seems to have his own goals in the explorations on the offshore waters.

The following weapons were used in the film Coast of Skeletons:


Smith & Wesson Military & Police

Harry Sanders (Richard Todd) carries a Smith & Wesson Military & Police revolver with 4" barrel. The revolver is fitted with a lanyard ring, but it's not a Smith & Wesson Victory Model as a medallion is seen on the grips that is absend on Victory revolvers.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver with 4" barrel - .38 Special
Commissioner Sanders holds his revolver in the opening scene, shooting in air in order to drive away an angry rhino.
Sanders (at the right) carries his revolver in holster. Inspector Tom Hamilton (Derek Nimmo) (at the left) also carries a holster but it's impossible to say if there is a gun inside.
In the climactic scene Sanders draws his revolver in order to shoot off the lock of the cargo hold.
Sanders fires. The lanyard ring of his revolver can be seen.
Sanders holds his revolver during the shootout with Magnus' henchman Carlo Seton.
Sanders carries the revolver tucked into his belt. The medallion can be seen on the grips.
Sanders holds the revolver on a German lobby card.

Single Action Army

Piet Van Houten (Dietmar Schönherr) carries a bright nickel plated Single Action Army "Artillery" Model revolver with smooth wood grips. The revolver may be one of the German replicas produced by Sauer, Reck and other manufacturers, often chambered in .22 caliber.

For reference: J.P Sauer & Sohn "Western Sixshooter", a replica of Single Action Army with 5.5" barrel and nickel finish - .22 LR
Piet Van Houten is waylaying Sanders.
He aims the revolver.
Piet holds the revolver during the uneasy discussion.
The revolver is seen from the muzzle.
One more view of Piet's revolver.
Piet Van Houten aims his revolver at Sanders on a German lobby card.
The revolver lies on the ground during the struggle between Piet and Carlo Seton. It has smooth wood grips. In the film itself, the revolver in this scene falls below the bottom margine of the screen.

Colt revolver

Due to a continuity error, Carlo Seton's (George Leech) Luger P08 switches to a Colt revolver during the final shootout. The exact model is unclear; Colt Official Police or Colt Police Positive seem to be good guesses.

For comparison: Colt Official Police - 5" Barrel - .38 Special
Carlo draws a revolver instead of previously seen Luger.
Carlo fires his revolver during the shootout with Sanders.
Carlo's revolver is seen on a promotional image. The unsupported ejector rod allows to identify the revolver as a Colt model.


Luger P08

Carlo Seton (George Leech) holds a Luger P08 when he confronts Janny Von Koltze (Heinz Drache).

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Luger-wielding Carlo pushes captain Von Koltze into the cargo hold.
Another view of the same scene.
Carlo holds Von Koltze at gunpoint with his Luger on a German lobby card.


Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III

In the opening scene two native police constables under Sanders' command are armed with Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III rifles.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III* - .303 British
One of the constables holds a rifle during the operation against poachers.
The rifle of the second constable is seen.
Constables with rifles convoy arrested poachers to the car.
One more view of an SMLE at the far left.

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