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Whispering Smith

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Whispering Smith
Whispering Smith Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Leslie Fenton
Release Date 1948
Studio Paramount Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Luke "Whispering" Smith Alan Ladd
Murray Sinclair Robert Preston
Marian Sinclair Brenda Marshall
Barney Rebstock Donald Crisp
Bill Dansing William Demarest
Emmy Dansing Fay Holden
Blake Barton Murvyn Vye
Whitey Du Sang Frank Faylen

Whispering Smith is a 1948 Western movie directed by Leslie Fenton and starring Alan Ladd as Luke "Whispering" Smith, a detective of a railroad company on the Old West. The movie is based on a 1906 same title novel by Frank H. Spearman that was adapted for wide screen and television several times, including 1926 film and 1961 TV series.

The following weapons were used in the film Whispering Smith:


Single Action Army

Single Action Army revolvers are widely used throughout the movie, seen in hands of Luke "Whispering" Smith (Alan Ladd), his friend of old Murray Sinclair (Robert Preston), train robbers brothers Blake Barton (Murvyn Vye) and Leroy Barton (Ward Wood) (third brother, Gabby Barton (Bob Kortman) isn't seen with a gun), secret gang boss Barney Rebstock (Donald Crisp), his henchman Whitey Du Sang (Frank Faylen), and railroad company employee Bill Dansing (William Demarest). Nearly all revolvers are of "Artillery" model, though some "Civilian" SAA revolvers also can be seen. Smith's revolvers have stag horn grips (such revolvers are used by Alan Ladd in many roles in Western movies), and Rebstock's revolver has 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
Whispering Smith hides from Barton Brothers, holding two "Artillery" revolvers.
Murray Sinclair holds an "Artillery" revolver during the train robbery.
Blake Barton holds an "Artillery" revolver when he confronts Smith in train engineer's booth.
Smith holds his revolver during the train robbery.
Leroy Barton holds a "Civilian" revolver. When later Leroy's dead body is seen, his revolver switches to an "Artillery" model.
A close view of Smith's revolver when he examines a hole in his hat, made by Du Sang's bullet.
Masked Rebstock holds an "Artillery" revolver during the robbery of cash delivering train.
Du Sang (in black hat) fires at the guard of baggage car. Next to him Murray Sinclair holds his revolver.
Murray Sinclair fires at George McCloud.
Bill Dansing with an "Artillery" revolver and Whispering Smith with a Winchester Model 1892 rifle during the hunt for bandits.
Smith holds his revolvers in the climactic scene on Sinclair's ranch.
Murray Sinclair draws a hidden revolver and aims at Smith's back.


Winchester Model 1892 Carbine

Winchester Model 1892 carbines are used by Luke "Whispering" Smith (Alan Ladd), Murray Sinclair (Robert Preston), Blake (Murvyn Vye) and Leroy (Ward Wood) Bartons, and railroad company employees George McCloud (John Eldredge) and Bill Dansing (William Demarest) (the latter only carries a carbine in saddle holster). Two different carbines are used, a standard Saddle Ring carbine and another version with visibly shorter barrel.

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

Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine - .32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20.
Barton brothers in ambush for Smith. Blake (at the right) holds a standard carbine while Leroy (at the left) has a carbine with shorter barrel.
Another view of the same scene.
Double barreled shotgun and Model 1892 Saddle Ring carbine on the wall of the baggage car.
Smith takes a carbine from a gun cabinet. Two more guns are seen at the background: a double barreled shotgun and a Winchester Model 1892 short rifle.
George McCloud holds a carbine with short barrel.
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George McCloud over the body of Bill Baggs (J. Farrell MacDonald). In this scene McCloud has a standard Model 1892 carbine.
McCloud aims at bandits. Next to him Dr. Sawbuck (Don Barclay) holds a Single Action Army revolver of unclear version.
Wounded Murray Sinclair with a Model 1892 carbine in the scene on his ranch.
Another view of the same scene.
The saddle ring on Sinclair's carbine is seen.

Winchester Model 1892 Rifle

In several scenes Barney Rebstock (Donald Crisp) and Luke "Whispering" Smith (Alan Ladd) use Winchester Model 1892 short rifles (most likely a single prop reused) with a well-defined faceted barrel.

Winchester 1892 Rifle -.32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20. The screen gun is shorter but has same faceted barrel.
Two guns are seen in a gun cabinet at the background: a double barreled shotgun and a Winchester Model 1892 short rifle.
Barney Rebstock with a Winchester Model 1892 short rifle.
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Rebstock is gunned down by his own henchman Whitey Du Sang.
Whispering Smith aims a Winchester rifle at escaping Murray Sinclair.


Colt Model 1878

Double Barreled Shotguns, most likely Colt Model 1878, are seen in several scenes.

Colt Model 1878 reproduction - 12 Gauge
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Double barreled shotgun and Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine on the wall of the baggage car during the train robbery.
Two guns are seen in a gun cabinet at the background: a double barreled shotgun and a Winchester Model 1892 short rifle.
Train Engineer (Milton Kibbee) with a shotgun.

Unidentified long guns

Two long guns are briefly seen on the wall in saloon. They have exposed hammers, so these are possibly shotguns, but may be percussion cap or even flintlock muskets.

Two long guns on the wall. The one at the right is supposed to be a Double Barreled Shotgun, and the one at the right may be a Single Barreled Shotgun, or a percussion cap or flintlock hunting musket.

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