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The Oil Prince

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The Oil Prince
Der Olprinz Poster.jpg
Original German Theatrical Release Poster
Country GER.jpg Germany
YUG.jpg Yugoslavia
Directed by Harald Philipp
Release Date 1965
Language German
Studio Rialto Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Winnetou Pierre Brice
Old Surehand Stewart Granger
The Oil Prince Harald Leipnitz
Lizzy Macha Meril
Richard Forsythe Terence Hill
Bill Campbell Walter Barnes
Mrs. Ebersbach Antje Weisgerber
Wabble Milan Srdoc

The Oil Prince (original German title Der Olprinz, alternative English title Rampage at Apache Wells) is a 1965 Eurowestern directed by Harald Philipp. It is the sixth movie in Winnetou film series, based on the novels by Karl May. In The Oil Prince Winnetou (Pierre Brice) and his friend Old Surehand (Stewart Granger) has to counter the plans of rascal known as "The Oil Prince". The Prince uses the lands of the Ute tribe to make the fake oil source that he sells to a wealthy oil tycoon. But Ute chief permitts a group of settlers to settle on this place, The Prince tries to kindle the war between the settlers and the Ute tribe. Now Old Surehand and Winnetou have only one day to save the settlers and unmask The Prince.

The following weapons were used in the film The Oil Prince:


Arminius HW-1S Revolver

Most handguns in the movie are 5-shot Arminius revolvers with 6" barrels. It appear to be the long barreled version of HW-1S signal revolver. These revolvers are used by The Oil Prince (Harald Leipnitz), his second-in-command Butler (Dusan Janicijevic) and other henchmen, and also by the leader of the settlers Bill Campbell (Walter Barnes). In the scene on abandoned farm Wabble's (Milan Srdoc) Single Action Army switches to Arminius revolver due to a continuity error.

Arminius HW-1S signal revolver with 6" barrel - 9mm Knall blank
Prince's henchman Paddy (Davor Antolic), posing as the guide for the settlers, carries the revolver in holster.
Prince's henchman at the right (Iwan Novak) aims his revolver at Hampel (Heinz Erhardt), ordering him to play the piano.
Wabble unloads his revolver and puts all five cartridges on the table.
Butler holds his revolver at the left.
Wabble holds the Arminius revolver.
Prince's henchman (Iwan Novak) fires the revolver during the night attack on settlers' camp.
The Prince draws his revolver on his partner Kovacz (Gerd Frickhoffer).

Colt M1917

Several of Prince's henchmen are armed with Colt M1917 revolvers.

Colt M1917 Revolver (Military issue with lanyard ring) - .45 ACP. Note the unsupported ejector rod - common of Colt revolvers of the period, as well as the Colt-style cylinder release latch and blade front sight. Smooth walnut grips were used on all WWI issue Model 1917 specimens
A henchman (Stojan 'Stole' Arandjelovic) draws his Colt.
Another henchman tries to threaten Old Surehand.
The revolver on the card table.

Single Action Army Revolver

Wabble (Milan Srdoc) carries Single Action Army "Quick-Draw" revolver (probably the modern European replica).

Colt Single Action Army with 4.75" barrel, case colored and blued, referred to as "Quick-Draw" or "Civilian" model - .45 Long Colt
Old Surehand isn't pleased with Wabble's careless manner of holding the revolver.
Wabble guards The Prince.


Winchester Model 1894

The Winchester Model 1894 is Old Surehand's (Stewart Granger) weapon. In one scene he gives it to Wabble (Milan Srdoc).

Winchester 1894 - .30-30
Old Surehand interrogates the unmasked Paddy.
Old Surehand stops the henchmen in saloon.
Wabble holds Old Surehand's rifle.

"The Silver Gun"

The double barreled rifle, named "The Silver Gun", is Winnetou's (Pierre Brice) signature weapon.

Three screen "Silver Guns", used by Pierre Brice in Winnetou films
Winnetou holds his gun.

Kipplaufbüchse Single Shot Rifle

Prince's henchmen and settlers carry single shot top-break hunting rifles. Such rifles were (and still are) produced by various manufacturers in Europe and America, often referred by the German term Kipplaufbüchse.

Savage Model 219 - .30-30. A good example of top-break single shot rifle, similar to the screen guns.
Wabble (Milan Srdoc) holds the rifle while on guard.
Prince's henchman (at the right) takes the rifle.
A henchman aims during the night attack.
Another henchman holds the rifle in the same scene.
Bill Campbell (Walter Barnes) carries the rifle in saddle holster.
A group of settlers in center hold single shot rifles.

Single Shot Rifle

Some Ute warriors, including chief Mokaschi's son (Sime Jagarinac), carry single shot rifles. While its outlook resembles Martini-Henry rifles, it is clearly seen to be break action guns.

Sam Hawkens' "Liddy" rifle, as it appears on "Winnetou and the Crossbreed".
Chief's son holds the rifle.
Another view of the gun.

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