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Kissin' Cousins

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Kissin' Cousins
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Original Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Gene Nelson
Release Date 1964
Studio Four-Leaf Productions
Distributor MGM
Main Cast
Character Actor
Josh Morgan / Jodie Tatum Elvis Presley
Pappy Tatum Arthur O'Connell
Ma Tatum Glenda Farrell
Capt. Robert Salbo Jack Albertson
Selena Tatum Pamela Austin
Azalea Tatum Yvonne Craig
Master Sgt. William George Bailey Tommy Farrell
PFC Midge Riley Cynthia Pepper

Kissin' Cousins is 1964 American musical comedy directed by Gene Nelson and starring Elvis Presley in two roles: US Air Force officer Josh Morgan, and his look-alike cousin Jodie Tatum. Tatum's hillbilly family lives in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. The US government plans to lease the Tatums' land for constructing an ICBM base, and Capt. Robert Salbo gets the order to secure the lease within seven days. Facing resistance from the Tatum family, he requests Jodie's distant cousin, Air Force pilot 2nd Lt. Josh Morgan, be brought in for negotiations.

The following weapons were used in the film Kissin' Cousins:



Capt. Robert Salbo (Jack Albertson) and Master Sgt. William George Bailey (Tommy Farrell) carry M1911 pistols (the flat mainspring housings on the rear of the grip allow to differ them from later M1911A1s).

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
A good view of Capt. Salbo's M1916 holster.
MSG Bailey (at the foreground) and Capt. Salbo with holstered pistols. The grips match the original M1911 model.
MSG Bailey draws his pistol.
The grip of Salbo's pistol is seen in an open holster when he leads his soldiers to storm the Tatum family's land.
Salbo and Bailey with pistols in their hands.
The grip of Salbo's pistol is seen at the left.


M1 Garand

US Army soldiers belonging to Capt. Salbo's unit are armed with M1 Garand rifles.

M1 Garand with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
Soldiers prepare to storm the family's property.
Soldiers attach M1 bayonets to their rifles...
...and prepare for attack.
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Bayonet charge!
Soldiers hold their rifles.

Springfield Allin Conversion Model 1866 Trapdoor

The Tatum family use several Springfield 1861 rifled muskets converted into trapdoor breech-loading rifles, known as the Allin Conversion Model 1866 Trapdoor. These guns are seen in the hands of sisters Selena (Pamela Austin) and Azalea (Yvonne Craig) Tatum, their cousin Jodie (Elvis Presley), and Ma Tatum (Glenda Farrell).

Springfield Allin Conversion Model 1866 Trapdoor - .50-70
Selena (blond) and Azalea (brunette) hold their rifles.
Jodie joins his cousins.
The barrels of the rifles are seen.
Ma Tatum "greets" Capt. Salbo.
A perfect view of the rifle in the hands of Jodie Tatum.


Double Barreled Shotgun

Pappy Tatum (Arthur O'Connell) uses a Double Barreled Shotgun- quite befitting of a moonshining mountain man.

Charles Parker 1878 Side by Side Shotgun - 12 gauge
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Pappy Tatum holds a shotgun during the confrontation with the military.
Pappy stands somewhat mollified upon learning that Josh Morgan is a distant relative.

Ithaca 37

Azalea Tatum buys Jodie an Ithaca 37 from out of town.

Ithaca 37 long barrel Hunting Version - 12 gauge
Azalea holds the shotgun.
She hands it to Jodie.
Jodie checks the sights.

Machine Guns

Browning M3

2nd Lt. Josh Morgan's North American F-86 Sabre fires its Browning M3 machine guns. It's hard to say if this an actual footage of real firing machine guns, or if acetylene-powered mockups are used, as is often seen with aircraft guns firing on screen.

Browning M3 Aircraft - .50 BMG
The machine guns are seen firing.
Josh's Sabre is armed with six M3s, three on each side.


F-86 Sabre

2nd Lt. Josh Morgan pilots a North American F-86 Sabre fighter aircraft (it is incorrectly referred to as an F-84 in the movie).

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The Sabre in flight.


Various jet planes, cruise missiles, and ICBMs are seen in photos in a newspaper.

What appears to be an Avro Vulcan delta wing bomber, two cruise missiles, and several ICBMs are seen in a newspaper. Josh Morgan uses these photos to explain the deal to Pappy Tatum.

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