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  • The Bowie knife used in THE ALAMO was one of several originally constructed for the 1952 motion picture, THE IRON MISTRESS, which starred Alan Ladd as Jim Bowie. The knives for that movie were made at the Warner Brothers studio, and included a detailed close-up knife, a light weight aluminum bladed knife for fighting, and several painted rubber knives, probably for throwing. One or more of these knives were used by Sterling Hayden, as Bowie, in Republic's 1955 release, THE LAST COMMAND, includin…

  • Re: John Wayne Rifles

    John T - - General Discussions


    The first time Wayne is seen in Stagecoach, he spins his Trapper model Winchester '92 carbine. Other cowboy heroes could spin a six-gun--but Duke could spin a carbine! It is a very dramatic moment that, to my knowledge, had never been done before in the history of cinema. I have read that stuntman Yakima Canutt fashioned the D-shaped lever that enabled Duke to spin the Winchester. But here is my first question. Whose idea was it to have Duke spin the carbine? (Note: While it made for a dramatic …

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