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Santiago Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Gordon Douglas
Release Date 1956
Studio Warner Bros.
Main Cast
Character Actor
Caleb "Cash" Adams Alan Ladd
Doña Isabella Rossana Podestà
Clay Pike Lloyd Nolan
Captain "Sidewheel" Jones Chill Wills
Trasker Paul Fix
Digger L.Q. Jones
Jingo Frank DeKova
Pablo George J. Lewis
Juanito Francisco Ruiz

Santiago is a 1956 adventure movie directed by Gordon Douglas and starring Alan Ladd as Caleb "Cash" Adams, former U.S. Army officer, dishonorably discharged from the military and turned a gun runner. In 1898, during the Cuban War of Independence, Adams attempts to take a shipment of weapons to Cuba. Here he meets an enemy from his past and his new love Isabella (Rossana Podestà).

The following weapons were used in the film Santiago:


Single Action Army

Caleb "Cash" Adams (Alan Ladd), his assistant, former U.S. Army Sergeant Trasker (Paul Fix), and Pike's man Jingo (Frank DeKova) use Single Action Army revolvers of "Artillery" model. Gun runner Clay Pike (Lloyd Nolan) carries a "Civilian" model revolver with deep blue finish and ivory grips.

Note: see additional screenshots and promotional images on talk page.

Colt Single Action Army with 4.75" barrel, case colored and blued, referred to as "Quick-Draw" or "Civilian" model - .45 Long Colt
Colt Single Action Army with 5.5" barrel known as the "Artillery" model - .45 Long Colt
Pike draws his "Civilian" revolver with ivory grips when the gun runners surrender their weapons at the request of the steamer's captain Jones.
Pike's revolver is seen in holster in the scene on the way to Santiago.
Pike holds his revolver.
Trasker with an "Artillery" Single Action Army and Cash with a visually modified Colt New Service revolver (see below).
Another view of Trasker's revolver.
Cash Adams carries an "Artillery" revolver with stag horn grips (such revolvers are used by Alan Ladd in many roles in Western movies) when he drowns a Spanish soldier.
Cash holds his revolver in battle against Spanish cavalrymen.
Jingo makes an attempt to treacherously shoot Cash but he is stopped by Trasker.

Colt New Service (Visually Modified)

In many scenes Cash Adams' (Alan Ladd), Trasker' (Paul Fix), and Clay Pike' (Lloyd Nolan) Single Action Army revolvers are replaced with visually modified Colt New Service revolvers. These revolvers have fake extractor rod housing installed on the right side of the barrel. Such kind of props, based on Colt New Service or Colt M1917 models, were frequently used in the 50's Western movies.

Note: see additional screenshots and promotional images on talk page.

Colt New Service Revolver - .45 ACP
Cash holds a visually modified Colt New Service revolver during the shootout with bandits on the way to Tampa, Florida.
His gun runs dry. Note same stag horn grip that is used on Cash's real Single Action Army revolver.
The grip is seen better when Cash carries the revolver in holster.
Cash surrenders his revolver at the request of the steamer's captain Jones.
Cash draws his revovler when he and Trasker search for missing Isabella's younger brother Juanito. The fake extractor rod housing is seen.
Another view of the same scene. Here the base Colt New Service revolver is seen better.
Trasker holds a visually modified Colt New Service during the battle with Spanish cavalrymen.
Pike's fake Single Action Army (with same ivory grips as his genuine SAA revolver) in his holster during the final duel between Cash Adams and Pike.
Cash fires at Pike.

Colt New Service

Unmodified Colt New Service revolvers without fake extractor rod housings are seens in hands of Cash's men Dutch (Clegg Hoyt) and Pike's man Jingo (Frank DeKova) during the battle.

Colt New Service Revolver - .45 ACP
Dutch in action.
Jingo in action.

Remington 1858 New Model Police

Cash Adams (Alan Ladd) and Clay Pike (Lloyd Nolan) carry Remington 1858 New Model Police revolvers (a medium frame version of Remington 1858) in shoulder holsters. These revolvers are most likely cartridge conversion but still too antique guns for 1898.

Remington 1858 New Model Police, cartridge conversion - .38 rimfire
During the shootout on the way to Tampa Cash draws his compact Remington when his large Colt runs out of ammo.
Cash fires at bandits.
Another view of the revolver in the same scene.
Pike carries his Remington in shoulder holster in the scene on the steamer.
Cash carries his Remington in shoulder holster in the same scene.
Pike surrenders his revolver to Captain Jones.


Winchester Model 1892 Rifle

Both Cash Adams' and Pike's men carry Winchester Model 1892 rifles with well-defined faceted barrels.

Winchester 1892 Rifle -.32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20
Cash's men, transporting weapons, are armed with Winchester 1892 rifles.
Lobo (Royal Dano), one of Cash's men, banishes the curious Jingo.
Another one of Cash's men, Digger (L.Q. Jones) holds a Winchester at the background.
One of Pike's men is killed by a Spanish cavalryman.
A closeup of Lobo's Winchester when he strangles a Spaniard.

Winchester Model 1892 Carbine (mockup)

Digger (L.Q. Jones) uses a mockup of Winchester 1892 carbine as a club in close combat with Spanish soldiers.

Digger holds a mockup Winchester.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

Spanish soldiers are armed with Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles, standing for proper Spanish Mauser M1893 rifles. Many of these rifles are fitted with long and slender M1898 bayonets.

Early Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Late Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A sentry in Spanish camp. Note the extremely long bayonet on his rifle.
Spanish soldiers combing the forest. A rifle matches G98 except for the lack of Lange-Visier sight. Most likely this gun is a post-1918 modification where the Lange sight was replaced with a conventional v-notch tangent-leaf sight.
A Spanish soldier is attacked by a Cuban rebel. The straight bolt handle is seen.
A general view of the same scene. Note the typical Lange-Visier sight.
Spanish soldiers guard cannons.
They fire at approaching Cash and Pike.
Soldiers get on Jones' steamer. Straight bolt handles and Lange-Visier sights are seen. Most rifles also have parade hook on the upper barrel band.
They aims rifles at captain.

Springfield 1873 Trapdoor Carbine

A Springfield 1873 Trapdoor Carbine is seen in hands of a Cuban crewmember on Jones' steamer.

First year Model 1873 Springfield Trapdoor - 45/70


Colt Model 1878

Capt. Jones' mate Sam (Don Blackman) carries a Colt Model 1878 shotgun.

Colt Model 1878 reproduction - 12 Gauge
Sam holds the shotgun.
Sam with the shotgun when he and Cash find Juanito hiding in the storeroom.
Sam watches approaching Cuban rebels.
Cash Adams (Alan Ladd) with a shotgun on a promotional image. He doesn't use this gun in the movie.


Parrott Guns

Cash and Pike capture and destroy two Spanish field guns. The actual cannons are 10-lb (2.9-inch or 3-inch) Parrot Rifle guns of American Civil War era.

A 10-lb Parrott Rifle used in an American Civil War reenactment
Two Spanish field cannons.
A closer view of one of these guns.
Cash and Pike capture the guns...
...and destroy them.

Fortress Guns

A view of old, rusty fortress cannons in 1950s Santiago - a relict of the day of the Cuban War of Independence. These guns appear to be so-called Sunchado cannons (from Spanish word, meaning "wrapped" or "belted"), most likely 210mm M1872 rifled muzzle-loading howitzers that were the mainstay of Spanish coastal artillery on Cuba.

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