29 January 2014

Lawrence Of Arabia & My Grandfather's Webley & Scott Flare Pistol:

I came across this interesting image recently. It's of Lawrence of Arabia (Peter O'Toole) firing a Webley & Scott flare pistol in the epic movie, Lawrence of Arabia. It interested me because I own one of these flare pistols. It was my grandfather's. I originally posted about it here. In a related note, I recently read that Webley & Scott was one of several British double action revolvers used by the South during the Civil War oops, no, War Between the States oops, no, War for Southern Independence.

My grandfather fought with the British army in Egypt during WWII. He had some wonderful stories about Arab culture and British officers. The film (which I recently ordered the Blu-Ray, 2 disc version of), is considered to be one of the greatest military films of all time, but I've never watched it all the way through. I thought doing so would be a great way to spend a cold winter evening, as well as remember my grandfather.

Wiki notes the following about the movie:
Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic adventure drama film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. It was directed by David Lean and produced by Sam Spiegel through his British company, Horizon Pictures, with the screenplay by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson. The film stars Peter O'Toole in the title role. It is widely considered one of the greatest and most influential films in the history of cinema. The dramatic score by Maurice Jarre and the Super Panavision 70 cinematography by Freddie Young are also highly acclaimed. The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won seven in total including Best Director, Best Sound Editing, and Best Picture.

You can see some more great images of the film, as well as Webley & Scott firearms, here.

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