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West of Shanghai
West of Shanghai is a 1937 B&W adventure movie directed by John Farrow and adapted from 1920 theatrical play "The Bad Man" by Porter Emerson Browne. The plot is set in 1930s China, torn apart by the battles of warlords. A group of Americans travel to a remote town in Northern China. The goal of the competing businessmen Gordon Creed (Ricardo Cortez) and Myron Galt (Douglas Wood) is a promising oilfield built up by Jim Hallet (Gordon Oliver). Creed also wants to see his estranged wife Jane (Beverly Roberts) who is working in the missionary hospital. Meanwhile the town is taken over by the troops of self-proclaimed General Wu Yen Fang (Boris Karloff).
The film is the third of four screen adaptations of the original play. The plots of three other films, all titled The Bad Man (1923, 1930 and 1941), are set in Mexico during the era of Pancho Villa.
The following weapons were used in the film West of Shanghai:
Luger P08 "Marine"
General Wu Yen Fang (Boris Karloff) and his bodyguard Mr. Cheng (Richard Loo) carry Luger P08 "Marine" pistols.
Colt Model 1903/1908
In the final scene Gordon Creed (Ricardo Cortez) holds a Colt Model 1903/1908 pistol.
Revolvers of unclear models are seen in hands of Jim Hallet (Gordon Oliver) and Fang's officer Captain Kung Nui (Chester Gan).
Springfield 1873 "Trapdoor" Carbine
Most of General Fang's soldiers are armed with Springfield 1873 "Trapdoor" Carbines (too antique guns for 1930s, even in China).
Trapdoor Springfield Rifle
General Ma's soldiers are armed with full-length rifles that are seen mostly in distance. Those guns that are seen more or less clear are supposed to be Trapdoor Springfield Rifles.