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Theatrical release poster
Country FRA.jpg France
UKD.jpg UK
Directed by Terence Young
Release Date 1968
Studio Les Films Corona
Distributor MGM
Main Cast
Character Actor
Crown Prince Rudolf Omar Sharif
Baroness Maria Vetsera Catherine Deneuve
Emperor Franz Josef James Mason
Empress Elisabeth Ava Gardner
Albert Prince Of Wales James Robertson Justice
Countess Larish Geneviève Page
Princess Stephanie Andréa Parisy

Mayerling is a 1968 movie directed by Terence Young and starring Omar Sharif, Catherine Deneuve and Ava Gardner. The film is based on the real story of Austrian Crown Prince Rudolf and his mistress, Baroness Maria Vetsera, and their tragical death in the hunting lodge at Mayerling in 30 January 1889.

The following weapons were used in the film Mayerling:


Mle 1892 Revolver

A Mle 1892 Revolver is seen in hands of Crown Prince Rudolf (Omar Sharif) when he fires at bottles and mirrors, being drunk. The gun is anachronistic for late 1880s.

Modèle d’Ordonnance Mle 1892 Revolver - 8x27mm SR
The revolver is seen on a screenshot from VHS version of the movie; the DVD version doesn't has such view.

Smith & Wesson Military & Police

In the final scene at Mayerling Crown Prince Rudolf uses Smith & Wesson Military & Police revolver with 4" barrel that also doesn't fit for 1889 (in reality the revolver used during the Mayerling Incident was a Gasser-Kropatschek). A smaller version in .32 caliber is also possible but less credible as the revolver seems to be large enough for K-frame.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver with 4" barrel - .38 Special
Rudolf aims his revolver at sleeping Maria.
A good view of the revolver.
Rudolf prepares to shoot himself.

Unidentified revolvers

A pair of similar looking revolvers is briefly seen in Rudolf's apartments. They seem to have folding triggers, and generally resemble Lefaucheux pocket revolvers though it's hard to say if they have open-top frames.

Lefaucheux pinfire pocket revolver
Two revolvers are seen on the table.


Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry

The soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian army carry Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry rifles, which is completely incorrect (Austrian infantry rifle in late 1880s was Steyr Mannlicher M1886, the predecessor of Steyr Mannlicher M1895). During the assassination attempt the shooter is also armed with a Mosin Nagant M1891 rifle.

Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry Rifle - 7.62x54mm R
The barrel is seen during the assassination attempt.
A plainclothes police agent holds the rifle, taken from the shooter.
A soldier holds his rifle on shooting range (seen at the right).
Crown Prince Rudolf examines an Austrian soldier's rifle. The rifle sling is attached in holes rather than on swivels that match the post-1910 version of the M91 Infantry rifle.
Austo-Hungarian infantry (Kaiserjäger troops, judging by their feathered bowler hats) march with rifles with bayonets.

Mannlicher M1895

During the street riot in Vienna some soldiers carry rifles that appear to be original Mannlicher M1895s, standing for M1886 version.

Original Austro-Hungarian Steyr Mannlicher M1895 - 8x50mmR Mannlicher
The barrel of Mannlicher M1895 is seen at the right.
Another view of Mannlicher M1895 at the right.
Full-length rifle is seen in hands of a soldier at the background. It is fitted with a short sword bayonet and seem to have protruding magazine so it's most likely M1895.

Mannlicher/FEG 31M

During the riot in Vienna most soldiers carry Mannlicher M1895-style short rifles. The front sights with large protectors allow to identify them as Hungarian 31M version (also known as M95/31).

Austrian Mannlicher M1895/30 Short Rifle - 8x56mmR Mannlicher. Hungarian 31M differs only in the shape of front sights.
Short rifles are seen in center.
A good view of a short rifle in center.
Same short rifles are seen in center (protected front sight can be seen) and at the right.


Double Barreled Shotgun

During the scene of the winter hunt, double barreled shotguns are seen in hands of Crown Prince Rudolf (Omar Sharif), Emperor Franz Josef (James Mason) and Albert Prince Of Wales (James Robertson Justice).

Emperor Franz Josef (in center) and Albert Prince Of Wales (at the right).
Rudolf aims at a deer.
Several long guns, including double barreled shotguns, are seen in Rudolf's apartments.

Single Barreled Shotgun

Several long guns, including single barreled shotguns, are seen in Rudolf's apartments.


76.2 mm divisional gun model 1902

During the maneuvers of Austro-Hungarian army field cannons are seen. They appear to be anachronistic Russian 76.2 mm divisional gun model 1902. The barrels are extended with tubes that are most likely used for placing pyrotechnical charges.

76.2mm M1902 Putilov Field Gun
The cannon on position.
It fires. No recoil is seen, so the muzzle flame must be a result of pyrotechnical charge.
A battery of field artillery.
A gun on march.

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