When to see Casablanca at the theater yesterday with my wife. One of the best part of this movie was when Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) shot the Nazis officer Major Strasser with a Colt 1903/1908 Model M.
I read somewhere (probably here) that they did this because of his small size- so the audience member would see what looked like a full sized man carrying a full sized pistol. I don't know if it's true, though. Fantastic movie.I watched it on TCM yesterday...saw that. Bogie seems to have been given Colts to use in many of his movies when a "gat" was required.
I read somewhere (probably here) that they did this because of his small size- so the audience member would see what looked like a full sized man carrying a full sized pistol. I don't know if it's true, though. Fantastic movie.
A Colt Model M show up in Bogart's movie The Big Sleep also."Play it again Sam..."
"Here's looking at you, kid."
Bogart also uses a Colt Model M Pocket Hammerless in Key Largo...
as Capt. Frank McCloud...against sadistic gangster Johnny Rocco...played by Edward G. Robison.
Bogie uses a 1911 in Across the Pacific, and in Sahara.When one thinks about it, the Hollywood prop departments probably had only a few types of dummy or modified real firearms in inventory for films. These dummy guns would see a lot of use in many movies...whether historically accurate or not. The thought that physical size of the actors makes a lot of sense as well...many, if not most, male actors of the era were pretty small in physical stature...Bogie, Cagney, Alan Ladd and many others. Putting a New Service or 1911 in their hands would look out of proportion. Not all were as big as Duke, Gary Cooper, Gable or a few others. Besides...using smaller frame handguns also worked for actresses as well without looking too large.
Actually that was some kind of top break. The movie gun database calls it an H&R but in my opinion it could be any of the many manufacturers of those guns back in the day. I don't think you ever get a clear enough shot of it in the movie to tell for sure which brand it is.I watched it (for the "umteeth time") on TCM a couple of days ago and, in addition to the model M, it appeared that Ingrid was holding a nickel Detective Special when she pointed it at Rick in his apartment.