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Love Me Tender

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Love Me Tender
Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Robert D. Webb
Release Date 1956
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
Main Cast
Character Actor
Vance Reno Richard Egan
Cathy Reno Debra Paget
Clint Reno Elvis Presley
Brett Reno William Campbell
Martha Reno Mildred Dunnock
Ray Reno James Drury
Mike Gavin Neville Brand
Maj. Kincaid Bruce Bennett
Ed Galt Russ Conway

Love Me Tender was a 1956 Post-Civil War drama directed by Robert D. Webb that marked the feature film acting debut of Elvis Presley. In the film, Presley stars as a young man who finds himself at odds with his new wife and the Civil War veteran brother whom he thought had been killed in the war. The film's cast also included Richard Egan and Neville Brand.

The following weapons were used in the film Love Me Tender:


Single Action Army (visually modified as Remington 1858 New Army)

Single Action Army revolvers, visually modified to resemble Remington 1858 New Army, are widely used in the movie. They are used by Reno brothers - Lt. Vance Reno (Richard Egan), Clint (Elvis Presley), Ray (James Drury) and Brett (William Campbell), by cavalrymen of Lt. Reno's unit - Sgt. Mike Gavin (Neville Brand), Pardee Fleming (L.Q. Jones), Kelso (Ken Clark), and by some other characters.

Note: see additional images on talk page.

Remington 1858 New Army - .44 caliber.
Single Action Army
During the attack on railway station Brett Reno fires at a stationmaster who tries to get his revolver from desk drawer.
A good view of Pardee Fleming's revolver during the battle on the railway station.
Kelso holds a revolver.
Ray Reno, dressed in Union uniform, threatens a railwayman.
Ray and Brett Reno with revolvers, taken from Maj. Kincaid (the revolver that Brett carries in his belt), Mike Gavin and Kelso.
Kelso with two revolvers.
Mike Gavin and Clint Reno with revolvers.
A closeup of Clint Reno's revolver.
Clint opens fire with the revolver.

Remington 1858 New Army (Cartridge Conversion)

Several genuine Remington 1858 New Army are also seen in the movie. They appear to be cartridge conversion as the cylinders lack slots for caps. Remingtons of Clint Reno (Elvis Presley), Brett Reno (William Campbell), Ray Reno (James Drury) and Pardee Fleming (L.Q. Jones) several times switch to visually modified SAA revolvers and back again.

Remington 1858 New Army (Cartridge Conversion) - .45 Long Colt.
Clint Reno with a Remington revolver. The cylinder appears to be empty.
The outlook of Clint's revolver reveals it as a genuine Remington rather than an SAA based mockup.
One more view of Clint's revolver.
Ray Reno (at the left) holds a revolver, taken from Texas ranger Ed Galt (Russ Conway).
The staghorn grip of Ray's (former Galt's) revolver is seen
One of Brett's revolvers is a genuine Remington while another one is a visually modified SAA. In this scene real and fake Remington revolvers switch there and back several times.
Clint's revolver is seen. It is definitely cartridge conversion.
Ray's revolver with staghorn grip is seen.
Pardee Fleming holds same revolver with staghorn grip, taken from Ray Reno.

Smith & Wesson New Model No.3

Official Mr. Siringo (Robert Middleton) carries an anachronistic Smith & Wesson New Model No.3. The revolver is captured from him by Vance Reno (Richard Egan).

Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3. Target configuration
Ivory grip of Siringo's revolver is seen.
Vance Reno carries the revolver.
Vance Reno holds the revolver.
A view from the muzzle.
Vance carries the revolver.
Vance's revolver in another scene. Note that grip looks slightly different; possibly another prop was used in this moment.


Sharps 1863 Saddle Ring Carbine

Lt. Reno's cavalrymen Pardee Fleming (L.Q. Jones), Kelso (Ken Clark) and Davis (Barry Coe), are seem with Sharps 1863 Saddle Ring Carbines.

Sharps 1863 Saddle Ring Carbine - .52 caliber
Davis with Sharps carbine in hands.
Davis and Kelso (at the background) with Sharps carbines.
One more view of Davis' carbine.
One more view of Kelso's carbine.
Davis (at the left) and Fleming (at the right) with carbines.
The saddle ring is perfectly seen on Fleming's gun.

Springfield Trapdoor Model 1873 Rifle

Union infantrymen are armed with anachronistic Springfield 1873 Trapdoor rifles.

Replica Springfield Model 1873 "Trapdoor Springfield" built by Uberti Arms - .45-70
Union soldiers with rifles. In this scene they reload rifles in the way that clearly allows to identify the guns as Trapdoor, but it is seen only in motion.
The Trapdoor breech can be seen.
Union soldiers fire after Lt. Reno's cavalrymen. The second from the left rifle is seen in action.
Maj. Kincaid's soldiers guard Reno brothers' house.
A Union soldier (Frank Griffin) holds his rifle when speaking with Cathy Reno (Debra Paget).
A closup of the barrel and bayonet.
One more view of the rifle.
Same soldier is troubled by Jethro (Paul E. Burns).

Springfield Trapdoor Model 1873 Carbine

Springfield 1873 Trapdoor Carbines are used by several cavalrymen.

Replica Springfield Model 1873 Cavalry Carbine "Trapdoor Springfield" built by Uberti Arms - .45-70
A carbine leans against the carriage of a cannon while the soldier is on rest.
A Union cavalryman at the left holds a Trapdoor carbine.
A carbine in saddle holster on the horse of Mike Gavin who is disguised as Union soldier.

Krag-Jorgenson Rifle

Several infantrymen are armed with heavily out of time Krag-Jorgenson rifles.

US Property Marked Krag-Jorgensen Model 1896 Rifle - .30-40 Krag
Two rifles in hands of Union soldiers, firing after Lt. Reno's cavalrymen, are supposed to be Krag-Jorgenson.

Krag-Jorgenson Carbine

A train engineer (Robert Adler) uses what appears to be a Krag-Jorgenson carbine.

1896 U.S.Krag-Jorgensen Carbine - .30-40 Krag
A train engineer holds a carbine that is supposed to be a Krag-Jorgenson.


Flintlock Carbine

During the battle on the railway station one of Lt. Reno's cavalrymen carries a flintlock carbine in saddle holster. This is an outdated weapon for American Civil War.

An example of flintlock carbine: French 1816 Cavalry Flintlock Carbine - .69 caliber
A flintlock carbine in saddle holster is seen at the left. Note that the lack of the flint in jaws.


Double Barreled Shotgun

Several railwaymen are armed with double barreled shotguns.

A railwayman holds a shotgun.
A shotgun in hands of a train engineer is seen.


Muzzleloading field cannons of Union army are seen on a railway flatcar.

French Gribeauval 12-Pounder Cannon
Two cannons on a flatcar.
A cannon is seen on a flatcar at the background right.

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