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Texas Across the River

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Texas Across the River
Texas Across the River Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Michael Gordon
Release Date 1966
Language English
Studio Universal Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sam Hollis Dean Martin
Don Andrea Baldasar Alain Delon
Phoebe Ann Naylor Rosemary Forsyth
Kronk Joey Bishop
Lonetta Tina Aumont
Capt. Rodney Stimpson Peter Graves
Iron Jacket Michael Ansara
Yellow Knife Linden Chiles

Texas Across the River is a 1966 American comedy Western movie directed by Michael Gordon. In 1845 Louisiana, the wedding of Spanish nobleman Don Andrea Baldazar (Alain Delon) and local belle Phoebe Ann Naylor (Rosemary Forsyth) is planned. But after another of Phoebe Ann's suitors dies due to an accident, Andrea is falsely accused of murder. He has to flee to Texas, not yet a US state, where Phoebe Ann will join him. In Texas, Andrea meets trek guide Sam Hollis (Dean Martin), and together they undergo numerous adventures, until a happy end for both men, Phoebe Ann, and Indian maiden Lonetta (Tina Aumont) whom Sam and Andrea saved.

The following weapons were used in the film Texas Across the River:


Colt 1851 Navy (Cartridge Conversion)

In several scenes, Sam Hollis' Indian companion Kronk (Joey Bishop) carries a Colt 1851 Navy with a cartridge conversion (definitely a modern replica). Later, he gives his revolver to Don Andrea Baldasar (Alain Delon) who needs a gun for a duel with Sam. It's worth noting that all revolvers in the film are anachronisms for 1845.

Colt 1851 Navy with a cartridge conversion. This is a reproduction of the gun used by Eli Wallach in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly and imported by Cimmaron Arms.
Kronk with a Colt Navy revolver. In the next scene his revolver switches to a Remington 1858.
Kronk holds the Colt Navy during the attack by Comanche on a Texas settlement. The smooth cylinder and loading gate of the cartridge version can be seen.
Andrea holds the revolver, explaining the European duel codex to Sam.
Another view of the same scene.
The Colt is seen from the other side.
A good view of the frame and cylinder.
Andrea agrees to the duel on Wild West rules.

Colt 1860 Army (Richards Conversion)

In most scenes, Sam Hollis (Dean Martin) carries a Colt 1860 (Richards Conversion); due to continuity errors in several scenes this revolver is substituted with a different version of the Colt 1860, a Remington 1858, and a visually modified Single Action Army.

Colt 1860 Army with Richards conversion.
Sam holds his revolver.
Kronk (Joey Bishop) holds the Colt Army instead of the previously seen Remington 1858.
Sam fires at rattlesnakes.
A good view of Sam's revolver during the Comanche attack.
Sam with the Colt Army and Kronk with a Remington 1858.
Another view of the same scene.
Sam's revolver in a holster during the duel scene.
A close-up of Sam's revolver on a promotional image.

Colt 1860 Army (Cartridge Conversion)

As a result of a continuity error, Sam Hollis (Dean Martin) holds a Colt 1860 Army revolver during the confrontation with two Comanches (in previous scenes he is seen with a Colt 1860 (Richards Conversion) or a Remington 1858). It turns out to be a cartridge version, but not a Richards or Richards-Mason conversion. A similar looking revolver, except for the lack of the lever, is seen in hands of a Texan townsman.

Colt 1860 Army with Prototype Cartridge Conversion - .44 RF. The screen gun looks very similar to this sample.
Sam draws his revolver when two Comanches try to steal mules. The revolver is definitely a cartridge version but looks different from a Richards or Richards-Mason conversion.
Sam fires.
The townsman in the center fires at Comanches. His revolver seems to be similar gun but with a removed lever.

Remington 1858 New Army (Cartridge Conversion)

In most scenes, Kronk (Joey Bishop) is armed with a Remington 1858 New Army (Cartridge Conversion) revolver; due to continuity errors in several scenes this revolver is substituted with a Colt 1851. In one scene, Sam Hollis (Dean Martin) holds a Remington instead of his usual Colt 1860. A Remington 1858 is also seen in hands of a Texan townsman.

Remington 1858 New Army (Cartridge Conversion) - .45 Long Colt.
Kronk holds a Remington revolver. In the previous scene, he holds a Colt Navy.
Due to a continuity error, Sam holds the Remington while Kronk holds Sam's Colt Army.
Kronk holds the Remington revolver during the Comanche attack.
Kronk examines the revolver, puzzled by his own marksmanship.
A Remington in the hands of a townsman at the left.
A view of Kronk's revolver from the muzzle.
The loading gate is seen.
Kronk's revolver is seen on a promotional image.

Single Action Army Cavalry Model (Mocked Up as Remington 1858 New Army)

In one scene, Sam Hollis (Dean Martin) and Kronk (Joey Bishop) use Single Action Army revolvers, visually modified to resemble the Remington 1858 New Army with fake Remington cylinder rod. Similar mockups were often used in Western movies.

Colt Single Action Army with 7.5" barrel known as the "Cavalry" model - .45 Long Colt
Remington 1858 New Army - .44 caliber.
Sam and Kronk drive away a herd of wild cows from Andrea. Kronk's and one of Sam's revolvers are visually modified SAA Cavalry revolvers; another one of Sam's guns is a real Remington 1858.
Another view of the same scene.
A townsman holds same looking revolver. The fake cylinder rod can be seen.


M1842 Dragoon's Percussion Cap Pistol

US Cavalry Capt. Rodney Stimpson (Peter Graves) holds a M1842 Dragoon's pistol in the opening scene at the Naylor estate in Louisiana.

US M1842 Dragoon's pistol, manufactured by H. Aston and Ira N. Johnson in Middletown, Connecticut in 1849 - .54 caliber
Capt. Stimpson holds his pistol. Note the swivel-attached ramrod is in a forward position.
Another view of Stimpson's pistol.
Phoebe Ann Naylor (Rosemary Forsyth) holds a percussion cap pistol during the Comanche attack. The pistol has a brass barrel band with an extension on the side, like the M1842 Dragoon's, so it is possibly the same gun reused.

Percussion Cap Pistol

In one scene two Percussion Cap Pistols are seen in hands of Sam Hollis (Dean Martin). A pistol of a different model is hidden in a bouquet of flowers that Lonetta (Tina Aumont) tries to pass to an arrested Andrea.

A percussion cap pistol
Sam snatches two pistols from the locals and uses them to shoot off the ropes of a signboard, preventing the cavalrymen from pursuing Andrea.
A cavalryman finds a percussion cap pistol, hidden in Lonetta's bouquet.


Springfield Model 1873 Trapdoor

Some Comanches are armed with Springfield Model 1873 Trapdoor rifles.

Replica Springfield Model 1873 "Trapdoor Springfield" built by Uberti Arms - .45-70
Two Comanche warriors hold Trapdoor rifles.
One of Iron Coat's warriors with a Trapdoor rifle.
A closer view of the rifle.

Trapdoor Springfield Rifle (visually modified as percussion cap rifles)

Trapdoor Springfield Rifles, fitted with long forearms and custom buttstocks to resemble Hawken rifles or some other similar hunting gun, are used in several scenes, seen in hands of Kronk (Joey Bishop) and some townspeople.

Replica Springfield Model 1873 "Trapdoor Springfield" built by Uberti Arms - .45-70
For comparison: Hawken Rifle - .50 caliber
The muzzle of Kronk's rifle.
A general view of Kronk's gun. While this screenshot doesn't allow to see the lock of the rifle, the rifle looks identical to the ones seen on the following screenshots and must be the same model.
Local general store owner Morton (Roy Barcroft) holds a rifle that can be identified as Trapdoor with a long forearm and Hawken rifle-style buttstock.
The barrel of Morton's rifle.
Townsman Gabe (John Harmon) with Morton's rifle.
A townsman fires a similar looking rifle.
Morton holds his rifle in the center. A similar looking gun is seen in hands of Gabe (to the left).

Trapdoor Springfield Rifle (visually modified as percussion cap carbine)

Capt. Stimpson's cavalrymen are armed with Trapdoor Springfield Rifles with shortened barrels, resembling Enfield Pattern 1856 Cavalry Carbines.

For comparison: Enfield Pattern 1856 Cavalry Carbine - .577 caliber
Cavalrymen escort an arrested Andrea.
Trapdoor breeches are seen on the carbines at the foreground left.
A cavalryman aims his carbine at Lonetta.
A good view of the barrels.

Percussion Cap Rifles

Several versions of percussion cap rifles are used by Andrea (Alain Delon), Sam (Dean Martin), and Yellow Knife (Linden Chiles), the son of Comanche war chief Iron Jacket.

Andrea's Percussion Cap Rifle

In most scenes Andrea carries a percussion cap rifle with the full-length handguard, similar to the one of a Jaeger Rifle.

For comparison: Ornate German Jaeger rifle - .62 cal
Andrea participates in the shooting contest Turkey Shoot.
He cocks the percussion cap lock.
A close view of the lock.
Andrea takes aim.
A view from the muzzle.
Andrea and Sam with their rifles on a lobby card.

When Andrea rides to save Lonetta, he holds a different long gun, also with a percussion cap lock but with longer barrel and with a brass patchbox on the buttstock.

Andrea rides with his rifle in hands on a promotional image.

Sam's Percussion Cap Rifle

Sam lends his rifle to Andrea during the shooting contest when Andrea runs out of ammunition for his own gun. Sam is later seen with this rifle in the night scene.

Sam's rifle in the hands of Andrea during the shooting contest. This gun has a long metal part at the muzzle.
Andrea fires Sam's rifle.
Sam with his rifle in the night scene.
Sam and Andrea with their rifles in the same scene.
Andrea with Sam's rifle on a promotional image.

Yellow Knife's Percussion Cap Rifle

Yellow Knife holds his gun.
The bracelet on Yellow Knife's wrist makes it difficult to see the lock but it seems to be percussion cap.

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