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The Beggar from Cologne Cathedral (Der Bettler vom Kölner Dom)

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The Beggar from Cologne Cathedral
(Der Bettler vom Kölner Dom)
Der Bettler vom Kolner Dom Poster.jpg
Original German Poster
Country GER.jpg Germany
(Weimar Republic)
Directed by Rolf Randolf
Release Date 1927
Language Silent
Studio Internationale Film
Distributor Internationale Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Tom Wilkens Henry Stuart
Mabel Strong Elza Temary
The Beggar Carl de Vogt
Madame Madeleine Tréville Hanni Weisse
Marquis de Puissac Robert Scholz
Steffens Fritz Kampers
Carolus Caesar Muller Hermann Blaß
Napoleon Bonaparte Schmitz Karl Geppert

The Beggar from Cologne Cathedral (Der Bettler vom Kölner Dom) is a 1927 German silent detective movie directed by Rolf Randolf. Tom Wilkens, an agent of the international police organisation, traces a gang of jewel thieves in Cologne in the days of famous carnival.

The following weapons were used in the film The Beggar from Cologne Cathedral (Der Bettler vom Kölner Dom):

British Constabulary

The comical duo of private detectives, Carolus Caesar Muller (Hermann Blaß) and Napoleon Bonaparte Schmitz (Karl Geppert), carry Webley RIC revolvers. "The Beggar" (Carl de Vogt), the leader of the gang, holds a RIC revolver in the climactic scene. Only a single gun is seen at a time, so very likely a single prop is reused. This revolver appears to be a Belgian British Constabulary version of RIC, with the faceted barrel and the cylinder of the pattern that was used on Belgian produced Bulldogs.

Belgian "British Constabulary" revolver with faceted barrel, c.1894 - .380
For reference: A Belgian version of Webley Bulldog with folding trigger - .320. The screen revolver has same type of the cylinder.
Startled by the loud sound of a champagne bottle opening, Carolus Caesar Muller pulls out his revolver.
When the lights go out in the banquet hall, Napoleon Bonaparte Schmitz is sneaking away with a revolver in his hand.
Muller lights up his colleague with a flashlight...
...and grabs his hand.
A close-up of "The Beggar"'s revolver. The extractor rod is extended forwards for its full length which happens on well-worn revolvers.
"The Beggar" aims his revolver at captured Wilkens. The extractor rod is now returned on its place.
The Belgian pattern cylinder is seen.

Rheinmetall 7.65

A Rheinmetall 7.65 pistol is Tom Wilkens' (Henry Stuart) handgun.

Rheinmetall 7.65 - .32 (7.65 mm)
Wilkens, disguised as an Indian maharajah, puts the pistol in pocket.
Der Bettler vom Kolner Dom-FN1910-2.jpg
Marquis de Puissac (Robert Scholz) covertly pulls the pistol from "maharajah"'s pocket. The step of the frame below the barrel, slightly raised rear part of the slide and the shape of the slide serration allow to identify the pistol and differ it from similar-looking FN Model 1910.

Unidentified long guns

In the final scene Muller and Schmitz carry unidentified long guns. Judging by the full-length handguards and the shape of the top barrel band, these are muskets or early rifles, possibly military guns converted for hunting.

Muller and Schmitz carry long guns when they arrest Marquis de Puissac. Both also carry holsters for Luger P08 pistols.
The barrel of Schmitz' rifle is seen.
A close view of the barrel.

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