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The General Died at Dawn

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The General Died at Dawn
The General Died at Dawn Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Lewis Milestone
Release Date 1936
Studio Paramount Pictures
Distributor Paramount Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
O'Hara Gary Cooper
Judy Perrie Madeleine Carroll
General Yang Akim Tamiroff
Mr. Wu Dudley Digges
Peter Perrie Porter Hall
Brighton William Frawley
Leach J.M. Kerrigan

The General Died at Dawn is a 1936 B&W adventure movie directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll and Akim Tamiroff. During the Chinese Civil War in the 1930s, an American adventurer O'Hara (Cooper) is hired to transport a large sum of cash to Shanghai where Mr. Wu (Digges) needs the money to buy smuggled guns and arm his men against Gen. Yang (Tamiroff), whose troops pillage the province. Another adventurer in Yang's service, Peter Perrie (Hall), plans to deceive O'Hara and get the money from him. A key figure in the plan is Perrie's daughter Judy.

The following weapons were used in the film The General Died at Dawn:


Colt Police Positive

A Colt Police Positive is O'Hara's (Gary Cooper) personal handgun until he is disarmed by Yang's soldiers.

Colt Police Positive with 4" Barrel - .38 Special
O'Hara draws his revolver.
The revolver is seen through the glass door of dining car.

Colt Model 1903

When O'Hara (Gary Cooper) appears in Shanghai, Mr. Wu (Dudley Digges) gives him a nickel plated Colt Model 1903. Judy Perrie (Madeleine Carroll) briefly holds O'Hara's pistol, and then Leach (J.M. Kerrigan) takes it. Wu is also seen with another pistol, a blued one.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless pistol, nickel with pearl grips - .32 ACP
Wu gives the pistol to O'Hara.
O'Hara draws the pistol during a standoff with Peter Perrie.
O'Hara fires.
The pistol in Judy's hands.
Leach aims the pistol at O'Hara and Judy.
The pistol is again in O'Hara's hands. A good view of pearl grips.
Wu (at the left) surrenders his blued Colt to Yang.

Mauser Model 1910

Peter Perrie (Porter Hall) owns a Mauser Model 1910 pocket pistol. Judy Perrie (Madeleine Carroll) holds this pistol in one scene. Later Perrie's pistol is seen in hands of Leach (J.M. Kerrigan) and at last passes to O'Hara (Gary Cooper).

1910 Mauser Pocket Pistol - 6.35x16mmSR
Judy Perrie confronts Leach with her father's pistol in hand.
Peter Perrie holds his pistol in standoff with O'Hara.
Leach gets Perrie's Mauser.
O'Hara threatens Leach with Mauser and Colt pistols.

Luger P08

General Yang (Akim Tamiroff), his German military advisor (Hans Fuerberg), and chief bodyguard Oxford (Philip Ahn) carry Luger P08 pistols. Most of Yang's guards are armed with Luger P08 Artillery Model pistols. In the climactic, scene Brighton (William Frawley) manages to get an Artillery Luger.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Yang has a Luger holster on his belt. He also holds a Gewehr 98 sword bayonet.
Yang's military advisor draws his Luger.
Oxford holds a Luger in the final scene.
Luger LP08 long barreled "Artillery" model - 9x19mm
Yang's bodyguards, disguised as townspeople, surprise Mr. Wu with their long-barreled Lugers.
Another pair of Yang's men aim their Lugers at O'Hara.
Yang's guard holds an Artillery Luger.
The guards fire their pistols.
Yang's guards stand in two formations with pistols ready. A standard Luger, hold by Oxford, is seen at the right.


Mauser Gewehr 1898

General Yang's soldiers are armed with Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles with Seitengewehr 1914 "Gottscho" sword bayonets. O'Hara (Gary Cooper) briefly holds a rifle taken from a soldier in one scene.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
General Died at Dawn-Mauser98-1.jpg
Yang's soldiers ride on a truck.
The soldiers appear in the dining car.
A closeup of the barrel and bayonet.
Lange-Visier sight is seen at the left.
A soldier threatens Brighton.

Machine Guns

Colt Model 1895

General Yang's troops use Colt Model 1895 machine guns.

Colt 1895 machine gun - .30-40 Krag
A Colt machine gun is seen on the truck.
A pair of Colt machine guns are deployed by Yang's troops when they stop the train.

Maxim MG08

General Yang's troops also use Maxim MG08 machine guns.

Maxim MG08 on 'sledge' mount - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A barrel of MG08 is seen on the truck.

Maxim MG08/15

An MG08/15 machine gun is seen in Yang's car in the opening scene.

Maxim MG08/15 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Yang's military advisor (Hans Fuerberg) puts his hand of the buttstock of the MG08/15.

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