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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.
 
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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.
 

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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.

That makes sense. Bogie was pretty small...Ingrid Bergman was 2" taller than Bogie and he wore 4" lifts to appear taller than she.
 
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As I recall, the Model M was the "cool" pistol in many movies of the '20s and '30s (which featured 'modern' guns). Gangster movies showed a lot of revolvers (and Thompson sub-machine guns, but that's a different rabbit hole) of various makes, but the head thug and nearly always the detective carried a Model M which would both unfailingly hit and incapacitate the villain.

"Algiers" (the older one with Charles Boyer) is one such movie.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
Bogie uses a 1911 in Across the Pacific, and in Sahara.
I watched a Bogart movie a few days ago that I had DVR'ed, it was about Nazi "Fifth Columnists'" (spies), I cannot recall the title, but I did notice that Bogie was not the big of a person. I had never realized that before.
 

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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.
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.
 

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"Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship"

.......as Rick and Capt. Renault walk off into the fog of the tarmac.

I think this movie has, or had at one time, 4-5 of the top 100 movie lines as compiled by whoever does that type of thing.
 

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I have seen Casablanca on TMC and DVR at home, but seeing on the big screen for the first time at a theater with real popcorn was very cool! Ben Mankiewicz had a preview before the show and he noted Casablanca is the number one of all time!!! FYI--they are having another showing at local theaters November 15. Take your wife or better half earn some brownie points and watch a cool old film.
 
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