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Behold a Pale Horse

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Behold a Pale Horse
Theatrical release poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Fred Zinnemann
Release Date 1964
Language English
Studio Columbia Pictures
Distributor Columbia Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Manuel Artiguez Gregory Peck
Captain ViƱolas Anthony Quinn
Father Francisco Omar Sharif
Reporter Michael Lonsdale

Behold A Pale Horse is a 1964 movie that has faded into obscurity. It was directed by Fred Zinnemann (High Noon, From Here to Eternity, The Day of the Jackal). No doubt one of the things that hurt it at the box-office (in the United states) was it was a story about the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), an event that most Americans know little about. Gregory Peck plays Manuel Artiguez, a die-hard Republican (the side that lost) who lives in exile in Southern France, but continues to conduct raids into Northern Spain even though the war has been over for twenty years. His rival is Capt. Vinolas of the Guardia Civil, the national Spanish police, played by Anthony Quinn. After twenty years Vinolas (Anthony Quinn) believes he has finally has come up with a plan that will bring about the destruction of Artiguez (Gregory Peck). The stage is set for the final battle between the two men.

Trivia: General Franco, leader of the Nationalists side during the Spanish Civil War and Dictator of Spain for thirty-six years (1939-1975) banned this movie from playing in Spain.


The following firearms can be seen in Behold A Pale Horse (1964):

Mauser C96 Broomhandle

Manuel Artiguez (Gregory Peck) uses a Mauser C96 as his sidearm.

Pre-War Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser.
Manuel (Gregory Peck) retrieves his Mauser C96 from the hidden cache.
Manuel (Gregory Peck) looks for one of the Guardia Civil officers hunting him during the film's climax.

Sten Mk II

Manuel Artiguez (Gregory Peck) uses the Sten Mk II as his primary weapon during the film's climax.

Sten Mk II Submachine gun - 9x19mm
Manuel (Gregory Peck) retrieves his Sten. It's broken down because it's been stored in a hidden cache of arms.
Manuel (Gregory Peck) guns down a Guardia Civil officer with his Sten.

Schmeisser MP28/II

Several of the Guardia Civil officers use the Schmeisser MP28/II as their sidearm.

Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II Submachine Gun - 9mm
One of the police officers looking for Manuel.
Captain Vinolas (Anthony Quinn) is congratulated by his men.A couple of the officers can be seen carrying Schmeisser MP28/II's.
the officer on the far right can be seen carrying a Schmeisser MP28/II.


At the beginning of the movie, in 1939, the defeated Republicans are surrendering their firearms to the French authorities before crossing into France and safety. It appears that one of the Republican soldiers is carrying a PPSh-41 submachine gun (that in reality didn't exist in 1939).

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
One of the Republican soldiers has his PPSh-41 Submachine gun confiscated by the French before he is allowed to cross the border.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 Rifle

Other Guardia Civil carry the Mauser Gewehr 1898. Though it would stand to reason the Spanish Police would carry Spanish Mausers the movie was filmed in France and there were probably an abundance of 1898 Mauser rifles in 1963. Possibly the Spanish Mauser was not yet so freely available.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 7.92x57mm Mauser
One of the Guardia Civil officers takes aim at Manuel (Gregory Peck) as he runs by.
The same officer fires at Manuel.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 Scoped & Suppressed

When setting up the ambush the Guardia Civil call on the Spanish Army and get a sniper who appears to be equipped with a scoped and suppressed Mauser Gewehr 1898. Later Manuel (Gregory Peck) kills the sniper and uses the rifle to shoot one of his former comrades who has betrayed him.

Mauser "Radfahrer Gewehr" (Bicycle Troops Rifle) 1898 with scope - 7.92x57mm Mauser

MK II Hand Grenade

Artiguez (Gregory Peck) has a couple MK II hand grenades that he also uses against the Guardia Civil during the film's climax.

Mk 2 grenade.
Manuel (Gregory Peck) retrieves the grenades from the cache.

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