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The Yellow Rose (Trandafirul galben)

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The Yellow Rose (Trandafirul galben)
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Original Theatrical Poster
Country ROU-com.jpg Romania
Directed by Doru Nastase
Release Date 1982
Language Romanian
Studio Casa de Filme 5
Main Cast
Character Actor
Margelatu Florin Piersic
Lt. Delvos George Motoi
Capt. Margarit Ion Dichiseanu
Aga (chief of police) Mavrodineanu Traian Stanescu
Agatha Slatineanu Marga Barbu
Martolea Papil Panduru
Hare Lip Szabolcs Cseh
Maritica Ghica Ioana Pavelescu

The Yellow Rose (Trandafirul galben) is a Romanian 1982 adventure movie directed by Doru Nastase and starring Florin Piersic as noble brigand Margelatu "The Yellow Rose". The plot is set in the Principality of Wallachia (modern Romania) before the Revolution of 1848. Revolutionaries of the movement "Justice and Brotherhood" purchase weapons in Austria, but their envoy is exposed, murdered and replaced with the police agent. Now Margelatu is the only person who can smuggle the guns for the uprising.

The movie is the second of the six about the adventures of Margelatu.

The following weapons were used in the film The Yellow Rose (Trandafirul galben):


Margelatu's Pepperbox

In all six movies Margelatu (Florin Piersic) carries his signature weapon, an eight-barrel pepperbox. The gun is a custom prop, generally resembling Lefaucheux and Francotte models but with separate barrels, like on Mariette Pepperbox.

Trivia: After the filming was over, Piersic kept the gun together with some other movie props. In 2008 four prop pistols, including the pepperbox, were stolen from Piersic's hunting lodge in Apuseni Mountains; only one gun was sucessfully returned in 2013.

Margelatu fires his pepperbox at pursuing soldiers.
Margelatu readies the pepperbox when soldiers stop the wagons, loaded with guns.
Another view of the pepperbox in the same scene.
A good view of Margelatu's gun in the climactic scene.
Margelatu readies the pepperbox.
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He fires at soldiers.
Another view of the pepperbox in the same scene.
Margelatu with the pepperbox and Hare Lip (Szabolcs Cseh) with a Percussion Cap Pistol.

Percussion Cap Pistol

Percussion Cap Pistols are seen in hands of secret police agent Martolea (Papil Panduru), brigand chieftan Hare Lip (Szabolcs Cseh), army officers and revolutionaries of "Justice and Brotherhood" movement. Many (maybe all) pistols are weapons, converted from flintlock to percussion cap lock, as it can be seen on close-ups.

For comparison: Italian (Kingdom of the Two Sicilies) Percussion cap pistol, converted from flintlock, circa mid-19th century - .69 caliber (17.7mm)
Martolea fires his pistol during the pursue in the opening scene. A hired brigand behind him also holds a pistol.
Martolea kills one of his men who was earlier used to impersonate an envoy of the revolutionaries.
Captain Margarit (Ion Dichiseanu), one of the revolutionaries, readies his pistol when the wagon train with guns is stopped by soldiers.
A revolutionary fires at soldiers.
The pistol fires not only with a muzzle flash but also with a flash on the lock.
Martolea's pistol. It appears to be a converted flintlock gun.
Revolutionaries fire at soldiers.
An officer (Dan Dobre) holds a pistol in the climactic scene.
Hare Lip comes to rescue Margelatu.
Hare Lip fires two pistols.

Percussion Dueling Pistol

In the final scene Aga (chief of police) Mavrodineanu (Traian Stanescu) has a dueling-style percussion cap pistol on his nightstand.

For comparison: Percussion Cap Ardesa 1871 Dueling Pistol - .45 inch
The pistol on the nightstand.
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Mavrodineanu takes the pistol. Note the finger spur on the trigger guard and the faceted barrel.

Rifles and Muskets

Mauser Gewehr 1898 (visually modified)

Most flintlock muskets, seen in the movie, turn out to be visually modified bolt action rifles, most likely Mauser Gewehr 1898, with removed bolts and fitted with crude mockups of flintlocks. They are most widely seen among the smuggled guns and are also used by soldiers and by sailors on Austrian steamer.

Mauser Gewehr 1898M, a 1920s version with tangent-leaf sight - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Some smuggled guns are captured by authorities. Note the crude mockups of flintlocks; one gun is even fitted only with a frizzen without hammer.
Soldiers with muskets in field camp.
A sailor on Austrian steamer holds a musket.
The shape of the buttstock matches Mauser 98.
A soldier holds a mockup flintlock musket at the background. Note the groove on the stock and the cross bolt; these features matches Mauser 98.
A soldier holds a fake flintlock musket. Smuggled guns of same model are seen in the coffin.
A good view of a fake flintlock musket in hands of a soldier in the climactic scene.
The soldier is gunned by Hare Lip and drops his gun.

Flintlock Musket (mockup)

Some flintlock muskets are also mockups, but based not a Mauser Gewehr 1898 but on some other rifle.

Soldiers on the road block. Note the obviously fake lock on the gun at the right (the distance between the hammer and the frizzen is too large for a real flintlock).
A soldier on road block fires at escaping Oseaca who uncussessfully tried to smuggle the guns. An officer (Viorel Comanici) at the background holds a Percussion Cap Pistol.

Percussion Cap Musket

Some percussion cap muskets, seen among the smuggled guns and in hands of soldiers, seem to genuine guns rather than mockups. They may be French Charleville Muskets or one of the Russian or Austrian models, based on French design.

A percussion cap musket is seen among the guns. The gun turns out to be a flintlock weapon, converted to percussion cap lock.
An officer (Viorel Comanici) examines the musket. Note that the sling is attached to the trigger guard as it was common on early-mid 19th century muskets, unlike visually modified rifles that have the sling attached to the buttstock.
The officer examines the musket.
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An officer brings one of the confiscated muskets to Mavrodineanu (Traian Stanescu).
The barrels are seen.
A soldier readies the percussion cap lock of his musket. A fake flintlock musket is seen at the background.
The barrel of Oseaca's (Mihai Mereuta) musket.

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