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The Alamo (1960)

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The Alamo (1960)
Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by John Wayne
Release Date 1960
Language English

Studio Jerry Bresler Productions
Distributor Columbia Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Col. Davy Crockett John Wayne
Col. Jim Bowie Richard Widmark
Lt. Col. William Travis Laurence Harvey
Parson Hank Worden
Capt. James Butler Bonham Patrick Wayne
Flaca Linda Cristal
Beekeeper Chill Wills
Juan Seguin Joseph Calleia

The Alamo is a 1960 historical war film produced, directed, and starring John Wayne as Davy Crockett. The film also stars Richard Widmark as Colonel Jim Bowie and Laurence Harvey as Lieutenant Colonel William Travis. The film is a dramatization of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836, depicting the valiant attempt by Texan volunteers to defend an old Spanish mission known as the Alamo from a much larger Mexican army during the Texas Revolution.

The following weapons were used in the film The Alamo:


Kentucky Flintlock Rifle

The Kentucky Flintlock Rifle is prominently seen in the hands of the defenders of The Alamo, and is one of the only identifiable flintlock rifles used in the film.

Kentucky Flintlock Rifle - .36, .45, and .50 caliber.
The Boy pours powder in the flashpan of his Kentucky rifle to fire off a signaling shot to the Tennessee soldiers as the Parson (Hank Worden) reads Scripture.
Colonel Davy Crockett (John Wayne) with his .36 caliber Kentucky Rifle wrapped in deerskin. Crockett's "Kentucky" rifle in this scene may be a Hawken rifle due to the shape of the stock and grip.
Crockett and his men fire their rifles on the attacking Mexican soldiers.
Crockett fires his Kentucky rifle.

French 1766 Charleville Infantry Muskets

Charleville Muskets are used by multiple defenders of the Alamo. Like the Kentucky Rifles, this is one of the few long guns in the film that can be positively identified.

Charleville Musket - .69 caliber
Texan soldiers fire their flintlock rifles, mixed in along with numerous 1st pattern French 1766 Charleville Infantry Muskets with brass accents.

Flintlock Pistol

Officers in the film keep dress officer's Flintlock Pistols in cross draw holsters throughout the film. Jim Bowie (Richard Widmark) holds a smaller model on Colonel Davy Crockett (John Wayne) before he takes it from him. Bowie is also seen wielding two pistols during the last stand. Colonel William Travis (Laurence Harvey) also wields one during the fighting.

Replica Spanish Miqulet Flintlock Pistol similar
General Sam Houston (Richard Boone) with a dress pistol in his holster.
Capt. Almeron "Dick" Dickinson with a flintlock pistol in his holster.
Crockett takes Emil Sande's pistol from him.
Crockett blows the powder out of the flashpan to render the weapon useless.
Crockett and Bowie sneak past a Mexican camp in the river while holding pistols.
Bowie wields a pair of flintlock pistols in his final moments.

Nock Gun

Jim Bowie (Richard Widmark) carries a 7-barreled Nock Gun as his main weapon in the film.

Nock Gun - .52 Caliber.
Bowie armed with his seven-barreled Nock Gun.
The immense muzzle flash of Bowie's Nock Gun as he fires it, taking out multiple Mexican soldiers in one shot.
Crockett gives Bowie back his Nock Gun.
Bowie armed with his Nock Gun during the final battle at the Alamo.
Bowie guns down multiple Mexican soldiers with his Nock Gun during his final moments. Note that the weapon is much larger here than in other scenes, because this gun is meant to fire pyrotechnic charges that are safer at close ranges than blanks.

Trapdoor Springfield 1873

Some soldiers defending The Alamo use Trapdoor Springfield 1873 rifles mocked up as flintlock rifles, likely due to the ease of using metallic blank cartridges instead of blank shot.

Trapdoor Springfield 1873 - .45-70.
An Alamo defender fires a Trapdoor Springfield mocked up as a flintlock rifle.
A mocked up Trapdoor Springfield circled in red in a rifle line up.

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