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Old Surehand

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Old Surehand
Old Surehand Poster.jpg
Original German Theatrical Release Poster
Country GER.jpg Germany
YUG.jpg Yugoslavia
Directed by Alfred Vohrer
Release Date 1965
Language German
Studio Rialto Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Winnetou Pierre Brice
Old Surehand Stewart Granger
Jack O'Neal aka "General" Larry Pennell
Judith Letícia Román
Toby Terence Hill
Wabble Milan Srdoc
Maki-Moteh Dusan Antonijevic
Ben O'Brian Vladimir Medar

Old Surehand (original German title Old Surehand 1.Teil, alternative English title Flaming Frontier) is a 1965 Eurowestern directed by Alfred Vohrer. It is the eighth movie in Winnetou film series, based on the novels by Karl May. In Old Surehand Winnetou (Pierre Brice) and his friend Old Surehand (Stewart Granger) oppose Jack O'Neal (Larry Pennell), also known as "General", the leader of the gang of robbers and supposed murderer of Surehand's brother. When trying to get to the rich gold mine, located in Comanche tribe land, General provokes conflict that would wipe out Comanches. Old Surehand and Winnetou appear to be the only ones who can stop the war.

The following weapons were used in the film Old Surehand:


Arminius HW-1S Revolver

Most handguns in the movie are 5-shot Arminius revolvers with 6" barrels. It appear to be the long barreled version of HW-1S signal revolver. Gold prospector Ben O'Brian (Vladimir Medar), his niece Judith (Letícia Román) and US Army Capt. Miller (Erik Schumann) carry Arminius revolvers. These revolvers are also used by numerous bandits.

Arminius HW-1S signal revolver with 6" barrel - 9mm Knall blank
A bandit holds the Arminius revolver during the robbery of the train in the opening scene.
General's henchmen Clinch (Dusan Janicijevic) and Cat (Nikola Gec) fire their revolvers during the shootout on McHara's farm.
Judith draws her revolver during the conflict with Comanches. The 5-shot cylinder is seen.
Another view of the revolver.
General's second-in-command Joe (Voja Miric) holds the revolver. The grip is seen.
Joe draws the revolver on his boss.
Two of rebellious General's men hold him on gunpoint, Blacky (Dani Segina) at the right, Mike (stunt performer Luka Knezevic) at the left.
Capt. Miller (at the right) holds the revolver in the climactic scene.

Single Action Army Revolver

Single Action Army "Quick-Draw" revolvers (probably modern European replicas) are used by various characters, including General (Larry Pennell), his henchman Jim Potter (Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic), Toby (Terence Hill) and Wabble (Milan Srdoc). Due to continuity error, revolvers with wooden and ivory grips often switch in hands of same characters.

Colt Single Action Army with 4.75" barrel, case colored and blued, referred to as "Quick-Draw" or "Civilian" model - .45 Long Colt
Jim Potter holds his SAA revolver during the conflict in saloon.
Toby holds the revolver with ivory grips.
Good view of Potter's SAA.
Delia (Jelena Zigon) holds Potter's revolver.
Old Surehand disarms Delia.
Wabble holds the revolver.
Rebellious Joe (Voja Miric) holds General on gunpoint with General's own SAA revolver. Joe's Arminius revolver is seen in holster.


Double Barreled Shotgun

Double Barreled Shotguns with exposed hammers are used by farmer McHara (Veljko Maricic) and his son Bob (Miroslav Buhin) during the shootout on the farm.

Charles Parker 1878 Side by Side Shotgun - 12 gauge
McHara takes his shotgun when the Comanches appear.
McHara and his son in action.

Rifles and Muskets

Winchester Model 1894

The Winchester Model 1894 is Old Surehand's (Stewart Granger) weapon. In several scenes his rifle is used by Judith (Letícia Román) and Delia (Jelena Zigon). Winchester Model 1894 Saddle Ring Carbines are seen in hands of several characters, including General's henchmen Clinch (Dusan Janicijevic) and Cat (Nikola Gec).

Winchester 1894 - .30-30
Old Surehand carries his rifle even when visiting the local judge.
Judith fires Old Surehand's rifle at the chandelier in saloon to stop the brawl.
Delia holds Old Surehand at gunpoint with his own rifle.
In the climactic scene Old Surehand fire his Winchester single-hand.
Winchester 1894 Saddle Ring Carbine - .30-30
Clinch reloads his rifle during the buffalo hunt.
Clinch and Cat in action on McHara's farm. The saddle rings are seen.
Comanche chief Maki-Moteh (Dusan Antonijevic) (in center) holds the Saddle Ring Carbine.

"The Silver Gun"

The double barreled rifle, named "The Silver Gun", is Winnetou's (Pierre Brice) signature weapon.

Three screen "Silver Guns", used by Pierre Brice in Winnetou films
Winnetou holds his gun.
Winnetou in the climactic scene.

Kipplaufbüchse Single Shot Rifle

General's henchmen, local citisens, US Army cavalrymen and Comanche warriors carry single shot top-break hunting rifles. Such rifles were (and still are) produced by various manufacturers in Europe and America, often referred by the German term Kipplaufbüchse.

Savage Model 219 - .30-30. A good example of top-break single shot rifle, similar to the screen guns.
A train passenger fires at bandits in the opening scene.
Two farmhands (stunt performer Ivan Zenic at the left) fire their rifles during the shootout on McHara's farm.
Old Surehand stops McHara (Veljko Maricic) from firing at Comanche Tou-Wan (Sime Jagarinac). A townsperson at the far left also holds the single shot rifle.
Wabble (Milan Srdoc) in ambush.
General's henchman (stunt performer Milan Milukjan) fires at Old Surehand.
Comanche chief Maki-Moteh (Dusan Antonijevic) holds the single shot rifle in the climactic scene.

Single Shot Rifle

Comanche warriors also carry single shot rifles. Rifles with both shortened hunting stocks and long military-style stocks are seen. While its outlook resembles Martini-Henry rifles, it is break action guns, as it can be seen in Winnetou and the Crossbreed.

Sam Hawkens' "Liddy" rifle, as it appears on "Winnetou and the Crossbreed".
Maki-Moteh (Dusan Antonijevic) holds the rifle during the scene on McHara's farm.
The rifles are seen at the background and at the right when Joe inspects the guns, sold to Comanches.
Comanche warriors with rifles. These guns have longer, military-style stocks.
A Comanche warrior at the left holds the rifle.

Remington 1863 Zouave

In the course of action General sells two hundred guns to Comanches. Many of them are Percussion Cap Muskets. Due to two barrel bands they appear to be Remington 1863 Zouave (probably modern replica).

Remington 1863 Zouave Rifle - .58 Minie ball
The row of percussion cap muskets is seen at the foreground.

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