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Monte Walsh (1970)

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Monte Walsh
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Monte Walsh (1970)
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by William Fraker
Release Date 1970
Language English
Studio Cinema Center Films
Landers-Roberts Productions
Distributor National General Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Monte Walsh Lee Marvin
Chet Rollins Jack Palance
Martine Bernard Jeanne Moreau
Austin "Shorty" Mitchell Ryan

Monte Walsh is a classic 1970 American film directed by William Fraker starring by Lee Marvin and Jack Palance in the role of the titular Monte (or Monty) Walsh and Chet Rollins.

Monte Walsh is a twilight drama about the life of the cowboy, Monte Walsh, who refuses to accept a new lifestyle and bitterly watches the passing of time and the extinction of the Wild West. Walsh also witnesses two of his best friends, Chet Rollins and "Shorty," take two different paths in this situation; Rollins decides to adapt and live with his wife in a quieter life while "Shorty" does exactly the opposite, becoming a feared outlaw who dedicates himself to robbing and killing for money.

Monte Walsh is considered one of the most appreciated films of the genre, as well as one of the most representative films of the Twilight Westerns. In 2002 (or 2003), a remake of Monte Walsh would be made directed by Simon Wincer and starring Tom Selleck as Walsh.

The following weapons were used in the film Monte Walsh (1970):


Colt Single Action Army

Monte Walsh (Lee Marvin), Chet Rollins (Jack Palance), Shorty (Mitchell Ryan), and other characters carry a Colt Single Action Army as their primary weaponthroughout the entire film.

Colt 1873 Single Action Army w/ 7.5" barrel - .45 Long Colt
A deputy marshall armed with a Colt Single Action Army appears at the small town tavern, where Shorty is after a robbery.
Colt 1873 Single Action Army w/ 5.5" barrel - .45 Long Colt
Seeing Shorty practicing shooting, Walsh aims his Colt Single Action Army at one of the bottles Shorty was using as a target.
Monte Walsh draws and fires his Colt Single Action Army at one of Shorty's men.
Colt 1873 Single Action Army w/ 4.75" barrel - .45 Long Colt
After Monte Walsh breaks the bottle he was using as a target, Shorty stares at him while holding his Colt Single Action Army.
When the deputy marshall appears at the entrance to the saloon, one of his men hands Shorty a Colt Single Action Army.
Shorty shoots the deputy marshal of the Colt Single Action Army.
One of Shorty's men cocks his Colt Single Action Army to threaten Chet Rollins.
During the film's climactic duel, Monte Walsh and Shorty face off after the latter has become a feared outlaw.


Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine

Monte Walsh (Lee Marvin) and Chet Rollins (Jack Palance) use a Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine to kill a wolf at the beginning of the film.

Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine - .44-40 WCF
Monte Walsh aims his Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine at a wolf while telling Chet about a man who killed wolves by hanging them instead of shooting them.
After growing tired of waiting for Walsh to shoot the wolf, Chey Rollins arms himself with Walsh's Winchester Model 1892 to kill the wolf.
After Shorty is fired from the ranch, Monte Walsh walks him to his horse and gives him a Model 1892 Winchester.
During The Final Scene, Monte Walsh encounters a wolf again while riding, decides to get off, and attempts to kill it with his Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine.
But this time he decides not to kill him and let him go, just as he left behind his old cowboy ways of the Wild West.
Monte Walsh holsters his Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine in his horse's saddle holster.


Colt Model 1878

Shorty (Mitchell Ryan) carries a Colt Model 1878 when he and and partner (unidentified actor) rob Chet Rollins' (Jack Palance) trading post.

Colt Model 1878 w/ 26" barrel (modern reproduction) - 12 gauge
After not seeing him for a long time, Shorty, armed with a shotgun, reunites with his old friend Chet Rollins at the latter's trading post.
A good close-up shot of the Colt Model 1878 as Shorty cocks the hammers of the shotgun to threaten Chet Rollins into handing over his store money.
Note the strange protuberance next to the trigger guard.
Another good close-up shot of the barrel top of Shorty's Colt Model 1878.

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