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Smoke and Shorty (Smok i Malysh)

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Smoke and Shorty (Smok i Malysh)
Smok i Malysh DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Raimondas Vabalas
Release Date 1975
Language Russian
Studio Lithuanian Film Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Kit "Smoke" Bellew Venyamin Smekhov
Jack "Shorty" Carson Gediminas Girdvainis
Joy Gastell Eugenija Bajoryte
John Bellew Antanas Gabrenas
Wild Water Charley Vytautas Tomkus
Lucille Arral Regina Arbačiauskaite

Smoke and Shorty (original Russian title Smok i Malysh, Lithuanian title Smokas ir Mažylis) is a 1976 Soviet Lithuanian made for TV adventure movie directed by Raimondas Vabalas and based on the short stories collection Smoke Bellew by Jack London, set during the Alaska gold fever in late 19th century.

The following weapons were used in the film Smoke and Shorty (Smok i Malysh):


Nagant M1895 (visually modified)

Numerous characters, including Smoke Bellew (Venyamin Smekhov), Shorty (Gediminas Girdvainis), Joy Gastell (Eugenija Bajoryte), Wild Water Charley (Vytautas Tomkus) and other Dawson residents, carry revolvers that appear to be a modified Nagant M1895s, fitted with a long faceted barrels and fake loading levers in order to make them look as the percussion-era revolvers, especially the Roger & Spencer. Similar props are seen in Priklyucheniya Kalle-syschika, filmed by same studio.

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38R Nagant
For comparision: Roger & Spencer - .44 revolver
Harwish (Antanas Šurna) salutes with two revolvers in the opening scene.
Smoke Bellew carries two Nagants in holsters.
Shorty carries a Nagant in holster.
Shorty and Wild Water Charley with revolvers.
A Nagant is seen on the wall of the cabin of Dwight Sanderson (Stepas Jukna).


Winchester Model 1895

Most long guns, seen in hands of prospectors, are Winchester M1895 Russian contract rifles.

A Russian contract Model 1895 in 7.62x54 Russian. Note the loading bridge over the reciever
Kit Bellew (Venyamin Smekhov) and his uncle John Bellew (Antanas Gabrenas) fire Winchester Model 95 rifles on a shooting range in the opening scene.
Prospectors carry Winchesters during the march to Yukon River.
Another view of the same scene.
A gold prospector holds a Winchester at the right.
A Winchester is seen in Smoke's and Shorty's cabin.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

In one scene a prospector carries a Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifle.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A man at the left is armed with a Mauser Gewehr 98 rifle.

See Also

  • Kit & Co., an East German 1974 screen adaptation of Smoke Bellew stories by Jack London.
  • Alaska Kid, a German-Polish-Russian 1993 TV series, based on Smoke Bellew stories by Jack London.

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