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55 Days at Peking

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55 Days at Peing
Cinema poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Nicholas Ray
Guy Green
Andrew Marton
Release Date 1963
Language English
Studio Samuel Bronston Productions
Distributor Allied Artists Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Maj. Matt Lewis Charlton Heston
Baroness Natalie Ivanoff Ava Gardner
Sir Arthur Robertson David Niven
Sgt. Harry John Ireland
Father de Bearn Harry Andrews
Capt. Andy Marshall Jerome Thor
Capt. Hoffman Walter Gotell
Julliard Philippe Leroy
Gen. Jung-Lu Leo Genn
Dowager Empress Tzu-Hsi Flora Robson

55 Days at Peking is a 1963 historical epic directed by Nicholas Ray. The all-star cast includes Charlton Heston as Maj. Matt Lewis and David Niven as Sir Arthur Robertson and Ava Gardner as Baroness Natalie Ivanoff. The story is a dramatization of the siege and defense of the foreign legation's compounds in Peking during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion.

The following weapons are seen in the movie 55 Days at Peking:


Smith & Wesson Model 10

European army officers in the film are seen mostly with Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolvers.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver with long barrel and Gold Medallion grips - .38 Special
Maj. Matt Lewis (Charlton Heston) used his revolver during the fight.
Julliard (Philippe Leroy) (left) with his revolver in hand.
Capt. Hoffman (Walter Gotell) (right) with a revolver.

Enfield Mk II Revolver

Sir Arthur Robertson (David Niven) uses a Enfield Mk II revolver.

Enfield Mk II revolver - .476 Enfield
Sir Robertson disguised as a "boxer" has a gun tucked in his belt.

Type 26 Revolver

Japanese Type 26 Revolver is also seen.

Japanese Type 26 Revolver - 9mmJR
A "boxer" holds Type 26 revolver.


Lee-Enfield Mk.I

Lee-Enfield Mk.I rifles is the main weapon of the British and American troops. In reality, the US troops carried the M1895 Lee Navy rifle during this incident.

Lee-Enfield Mk.I - .303 British. In service between 1896-1907.
Maj. Lewis (Charlton Heston) and Sir Robertson (David Niven) taking a rest against the wall of the diplomatic quarter. In the background you can see the rifle.
Capt. Andy Marshall (Jerome Thor) helps his men, armed with Lee-Enfield rifles, push a mobile barrier.
Sgt. Harry (John Ireland) (3rd from left) carries his rifle on his shoulder.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

German soldiers and also some of the "Boxers" are armed a Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers led by Capt. Hoffman (Walter Gotell) fire their rifles.
Chinese Boxer aims his gun at Maj. Lewis.

Lebel Mle 1886

French troops use Lebel 1886 rifles.

Lebel Model 1886 Rifle - 8x50Rmm
French troops fire their Lebels.

Spanish Mauser 1893

Some Eight-Nation Alliance soldiers use 1893 Spanish Mauser rifles.

1893 Spanish Mauser - 7x57mm Mauser
French and German soldiers repealing a Boxer attack.
A Spanish Mauser next to a resting Japanese soldier.

Carcano M91

At least one Italian soldier can be seen with a Carcano M91 rifle.

Carcano M91 Long Rifle - 6.5x52 mm
The sleeping Italian to the right of Sgt. Harry. Note the ejecting hole on the magazine.
Sgt. Harry wakes him up.

Mosin Nagant M1891

What appears to be Mosin Nagant M91 rifles can be seen used by French soldiers.

Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry Rifle in original configuration - 7.62x54mm R.
Two French soldiers fire their rifles in the middle.

Arisaka Rifle

Chinese troops use Japanese Arisaka Rifles.

Arisaka Type 38 Carbine - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
Chinese fired at the gate of the embassy from Arisaka Rifle (right) and Trapdoor Springfield Rifle (left).

Trapdoor Springfield Rifle

Chinese "Boxers" including Milton Reid are equipped with Trapdoor Springfield Rifles.

Replica Springfield Model 1873 "Trapdoor Springfield" built by Uberti Arms - .45-70
Replica Springfield Model 1873 Cavalry Carbine "Trapdoor Springfield" built by Uberti Arms - .45-70
Boxers taking aim. Milton Reid is in the middle.

Machine Gun

Vickers Machine Gun

At one point during the battle, it appears the U.S. Marines use a Vickers MK1 Machine Gun mocked up to look like an 1895 Maxim Machine Gun. Note the tripod that the machine gun is mounted on.

Vickers Mk1 Machine Gun - .303 British
Maxim 1895 on tripod - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Sideview of the MG. Judging by how the MG behaves during this shot, it is most likely a flame shooting prop rather than blanks. This was most likely done due to safety reasons as the gun is pointed straight at the extras.


Homemade Cannon

The Foreign Legation defenders builds a cannon from various parts and gave name "Betsy".


Krupp 7.5 cm Model 1903

The Chinese Imperial army deploys Krupp 7.5 cm Model 1903 cannon against the defenders.


The heavy siege cannon

The Chinese heavy siege cannon with a barrel in the shape of a dragon's head damages the walls of the diplomatic quarter.


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