|The Blue Express|
||December 20, 1929
||San Bo Yan
||Lian Din Do
||Chu Chai Wan
The Blue Express, or China Express, is a 1929 Soviet silent drama film directed by Ilya Trauberg (Assistant director of October: Ten Days That Shook the World). China in the 1920s: an express train to bring travelers to Russia is waiting to depart. As in the reality of society, passengers on the train are divided into three classes: in the first class, accompanied by military honors, the British envoy; with him missionaries, diplomats, entrepreneurs. Sales representatives, citizens, and scholars sit in the compartments of the second class. The ordinary workers have to be satisfied with the third class.
The following weapons were used in the film The Blue Express:
A Mauser C96 is used by one of the overseers (Ivan Savelyev) who killed The Girl (San Bo Yan) and later by Chinese officers.
Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser.
The Overseers playing cards in the third class. Note the grip of the holstered C96 on the left.
The C96 in his hand while entering another third-class wagon.
He shoots unarmed Chinese workers.
A first-class traveler destroys his personal wine bottles with a C96 so as not to let them fall into the hands of the workers.
The other overseer (Yakov Gudkin) owns a 1914 Mauser Pocket Pistol. It is also used by the Chinese General (Chai Wan Sen) and the British envoy (Sergei Minin) at the end.
1914 Mauser Pocket Pistol - 7.65x17mmSR
The pistol being fired during the wrangling.
Same situation, a few scenes later.
The English Man fires his pocket pistol at incoming workers.
Chinese workers arm themselves with Austrian Steyr M1912 pistols.
Steyr-Hahn M1912 (1913 mfg) - 9x23mm Steyr
Steyr pistols in an broken up crate.
The workers hold their pistols into the air. In the center, a Mauser C96 is seen.
A Roth-Steyr M1907 is seen among the guns of Chinese workers.
Roth-Steyr M1907 - 8mm Roth-Steyr
A Roth-Steyr M1907 pistol is seen at the left.
Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model
The Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model is used by the brother (Chu She Wang) of the Girl.
Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model - .44 Russian
The Peasant with his S&W revolver in a close-up.
He aims at the Chinese officer.
Ortgies 6.35mm Pocket Pistol
The Secretary of the English envoy (Igor Chernyak) uses an Ortgies 6.35mm Pocket Pistol.
Ortgies Pocket Pistol - .25 ACP
The Secretary threatens the train driver to stop the train. The barrel length allows to identify the pistol as 6.35 mm version.
As workers coming to him, he opens fire at them.
The pistol is also used by a first-class traveler in the background.
An English diplomat can be seen with a Star Ruby.
Garate, Anitua y Cia Ruby-Type Pistol - .32 ACP
The diplomant fires his pistol from cover.
Left side of the Star Ruby.
Mauser Gewehr 1898
Chinese soldiers, some policemen, and later workers can be seen carrying German Gewehr 98s, probably standing for Hanyang Type 88, M1907 and Type 24 Zhongzheng rifles. Most of these rifles are fitted with Seitengewehr 98/05 bayonets.
Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Chinese soldiers on the railway platform stand with their Gewehrs with fixed bayonets.
A line of police officers stands guard.
Coolie (A Vardul) fires his Mauser at soldiers.
Another angle of his firing rifle.
Chinese worker on the roof of the wagon, fires his rifle at a Chinese officer.
After laying down their arms, three soldiers allowed to pick them up to join the fight on the worker's side. Note the large "butcher blade" bayonets.
One of the last remaining loyal soldiers aims his Mauser.
Arisaka Type 30
Some Arisaka Type 30 rifles with fixed Type 30 bayonets are also used by soldiers and workers.
Arisaka Type 30 with Type 30 bayonet -6.5x50mmSR Arisaka.
Two soldiers behind the Chinese Officer (Spasaevsky) with their rifles with fixed bayonets.
The same soldiers carry out the command to arrest the Coolie. Before and after these scenes in the third-class wagon, the soldiers are all armed with G98s.
Workers take the Arisaka rifles out of the crate. Note the typical Type 30's hook safety.
A good view of the receivers, straight bolt handles and typical Type 30's hook safety.
Good view of a grasping groove.
Rifles held in the air by the workers.