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The Meanest Men in the West

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The Meanest Men in the West
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Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Charles S. Dubin
Samuel Fuller
Release Date 1974
Studio Revue Studios
Universal Television
Main Cast
Character Actor
Harge Talbot Jr. Charles Bronson
Kalig Talbot Lee Marvin
Judge Henry Garth Lee J. Cobb
Eva Talbot Miriam Colon
The Virginian James Drury
Elizabeth Garth Sara Lane

The Meanest Men in the West is a 1974 Western movie directed by Charles S. Dubin and Samuel Fuller and starring Charles Bronson and Lee Marvin. Like The Bull of the West (1972), this movie is a theatrical version of two episodes of "The Virginian" TV series, released in 1962 and 1967 and compiled together in 1974. Main characters of both episodes, Harge Talbot Jr. (Bronson) and Kalig Talbot (Marvin) are depicted in the movie as half-brothers and leaders of rival gangs.

The following weapons were used in the film The Meanest Men in the West:


Single Action Army

Single Action Army "Civilian" Model

Arnie Doud (Charles Grodin) and Bassett (Ross Hagen), bandtis of Harge Talbot's gang, are seen with Single Action Army "Civilian" model revolvers (in other scenes both carry "Artillery" revolvers). One of sheriff's deputies holds a pair of "Civilian" revolvers during the bank robbery.

Colt Single Action Army with 4.75" barrel, case colored and blued, referred to as "Quick-Draw" or "Civilian" model - .45 Long Colt
A good view of Doud's revolver.
A closer view of Doud's revolver.
A deputy fires a pair of "Civilian" revolvers at escaping Harge' bandits.
Bassett fires his revolver during the bank robbery.
Bassett (at the right) with "Civilian" revolver and Preble (Don Mitchell) with "Artillery" revolver.

Single Action Army "Artillery" Model

Half-brothers and rival gang leaders Harge Talbot Jr. (Charles Bronson) and Kalig Talbot (Lee Marvin), as well as many of their men, including Arnie Doud (Charles Grodin), Bassett (Ross Hagen) and Preble (Don Mitchell) of Harge's gang and Quinn (Albert Salmi) of Kalig's gang, use Single Action Army "Artillery" model revolvers. Kalig's "Artillery" revolver is later seen in hands of Judge Henry Garth (Lee J. Cobb).

Note: see additional images on talk page.

Colt Single Action Army with 5.5" barrel known as the "Artillery" model - .45 Long Colt
Preble fires his revolver during the bank robbery. This scene seems to be filmed in 1970s additionally to original material from the 1960s series, as the actor looks elder (compare with Preble's outlook in a screenshot below).
Kalig Talbot shoots at kidnapped Judge Garth, wounding him in leg.
Harge Talbot with "Artillery" revolver during the talk with The Virginian.
Preble (at the left) with "Artillery" revolver and Bassett (Ross Hagen) with "Civilian" revolver.
Kalig uses Judge Garth as hostage.
The revolver of wounded Kalig Talbot in hands of Judge Garth.
Garth holds Kalig at gunpoint.

Single Action Army Sawed-off

Young Kalig Talbot (Lance Kerwin) uses a Single Action Army revolver with sawed-off barrel. It can be any model of SAA with the barrel, sawed even shorter than on "Civilian" model. Supposedly it was done to make the revolver fit to young actor.

Young Kalig's revolver in cache.
Young Kalig shoots his adopted father Harge Talbot Sr.
Another view of the gun.

Single Action Army (unclear model)

The Virginian (James Drury) and Harge's bandit Keeler (Brad Weston) use Single Action Army revolvers with shortened barrels and removed front sights. They can be based on "Artillery" or "Cavalry" models.

For comparison: Colt Single Action Army with 5.5" barrel known as the "Artillery" model - .45 Long Colt
Keeler holds his revolver during the shootout with lawmen. The barrel of his Single Action Army is shorter than on "Artillery" model and longer than on "Civilian" model.
Keeler ignits hay with a shot of his revolver (a purely cinematographic feat). Note the lack of front sight.
The Virginian holds his revolver during the encounter with Harge Talbot.
The Virginian gives his revolver to Harge Talbot (Charles Bronson).

Remington 1858 New Army / Single Action Army (visually modified)

During the train robbery, one of Kalig Talbot's bandits holds a revolver that is supposed to be a Remington 1858 New Army or visually modified Single Action Army revolver with mock cylinder rods.

Remington 1858 New Army - .44 caliber.
Single Action Army

Unidentified revolver

A revolver, partially seen in the drawer of a bank clerk, is supposed to be some Smith & Wesson model due to the shape of the grip.



Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine

Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbines, anachronistic for 1887 when the story is set, are used by several members of both gangs, and The Virginian (James Drury) and his men.

Note: see additional images on talk page.

Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine - .32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20.
Harge's man Keeler (Brad Weston) holds a Winchester 1892 carbine.
A carbine of resting bandit.
One of The Virginian's men, Trampas (Doug McClure), holds a carbine during the ambush of Kalig's gang.
The Virginian aims.
Another man of The Virginian, Steve Hall (Gary Clarke), reloads his carbine.
The Virginian reloads.
Steve Hall aims.
Trampas fires at Kalig Talbot.

Winchester Model 1886 Rifle

One of sheriff's deputies holds a Winchester rifle during the bank robbery. It is supposed to be a Winchester Model 1886 but not for sure.

Winchester 1886 - 45-70 Govt
The rifle looks large and massive enough for Model 1886.

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