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Interesting old movie with interesting arms

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by elhombreconnonombre, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. elhombreconnonombre

    elhombreconnonombre Well-Known Member

    The Untamed, 1955, on the Voortrekkers in South Africa. Supposely to cover a several decades long period starting in 1847. There is scene where a circled wagon train is attacked by Zulus. The Zulu are defeated using muzzle loading rifles and Boer horseman, much like the true life events that occurred at Blood River in 1838. The mounted Boer appear to have cross draw holsters on their left hips, but I cant tell what pistols/revolvers they are actually carrying, if any for those scenes. Later in the movie you see some Colt revolvers.
  2. Crawdad1

    Crawdad1 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Elhombre for the heads up. I think I'm going to order that movie IF the Colts are historically correct.
  3. BullRunBear

    BullRunBear Well-Known Member

    Sounds interesting. I'll have to look for it.

    By the way, something or someone from 1955 isn't old! I hope. :rolleyes:

  4. Crawdad1

    Crawdad1 Well-Known Member

    I just bought a collection of spaghetti westerns from Amazon that have been digitally re-mastered and while not particularly good plot wise, they all use period correct firearms such as the 51" Colts. Something I can live with. :)
  5. elhombreconnonombre

    elhombreconnonombre Well-Known Member

    Crawdaddie How about a hysterically inaccurate Colt:D
  6. Patocazador

    Patocazador Well-Known Member

    The reason the English got massacred at Isandhlwana was their C.O. refused to properly laager the wagons. The Zulus had a field day slaughtering the Brits on open ground.

    Boers always formed a laager every evening when traveling.
  7. elhombreconnonombre

    elhombreconnonombre Well-Known Member

    Pulliene was a poor battlefield commander, trying to defend open ground, Chelmsford divided his forces, and Durnford did not push his senior rank to take command., many errors.
  8. Crawdad1

    Crawdad1 Well-Known Member

    Elhombre, some of these movies do side on the side of hysterical not historical. :eek:
  9. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    They sure didn't have 1851 Colts in 1838 or even 1847. And they would almost certainly not have had any revolvers in 1838. They might have had pepperbox pistols, but more likely had a brace of muzzle loading pistols, maybe flintlock, as percussion was still fairly new in 1838. (Many people, especially in remote areas, could not rely on getting percussion caps and stuck to flintlocks for many years after percussion guns were the norm elsewhere.)

  10. Cooldill

    Cooldill Well-Known Member

    Care to tell us what that is? I love Spaghetti Westerns!
  11. Iron Sight

    Iron Sight Well-Known Member

  12. whughett

    whughett Well-Known Member

    "(Many people, especially in remote areas, could not rely on getting percussion caps and stuck to flintlocks for many years after percussion guns were the norm elsewhere."

    2014: In some remote parts of the USA A lot of people, no longer able to rely on an adequate supply of percussion caps are going back to flint locks............:what:
  13. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

  14. RonC

    RonC Well-Known Member

    A little mixed eras

    I just returned from South Africa yesterday, my 15th working trip there. In my current fatigued state, I needed something like Untamed for entertainment.
    It seems the movie mixed some South African eras. The "Commando" that was referred to in the movie did not appear until the Anglo-Boer war. The hats the "Commando" wore were more suited for the Boer War period some 70 years down the road.
    The women's clothing, particularly Susan Hayward's, were a real laugh. The Vortrekkers followed the very strict Calvinist belief system that resulted in the Dutch Reformed Church. As one person told me in POtchefstroom, SA, a conservative Afrikaner area, the biggest concern his theological university administration had in the 1970s was that someone, somehow, somewhere, someway was actually having a good time. The low cut dresses would never be seen in that group of people. They were VERY conservative in dress and action.
    To me, it was as others have said, a Cowboys versus Indians movie with Dutch and Zulus substituting.
    Still, it was fun for a fatigued mind and body.
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2014
  15. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    My screen is small so I couldn't tell if one of those rifles was a trapdoor springfield. Also noticed the MK IV Webleys which didn't come out until much much later.
  16. clang

    clang Well-Known Member

    The movie is free on You Tube
  17. Iron Sight

    Iron Sight Well-Known Member

    "The movie is free on You Tube"

    Thanks Clang!
  18. Crawdad1

    Crawdad1 Well-Known Member

  19. snidervolley

    snidervolley Well-Known Member


    full movie of Utu new zealand 1870 maorie indian wars, sniders(three banders two band artillery,brunswicks,1853 enfields, bess conversions,spencer rifle and double 8 bores strapped side by side for quad 8 bore
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2015
  20. elhombreconnonombre

    elhombreconnonombre Well-Known Member

    In "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"' I believe Capt. Nemo is carrying Le Mat, plus theAmerican makes good use of his 1860 Henry.

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