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Capone (1975).

Capone is a 1975 crime drama that was another cheap Roger Corman-produced gangster exploitation film to attempt to cash in on the success of the gangster films of the early 1970's. The film starred Ben Gazzara as Capone and a young Sylvester Stallone as Frank Nitti. The film was also directed by Steve Carver, who had teamed with Corman to make the similar gangster flick Big Bad Mama the previous year.


The following weapons were used in the film Capone:

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Colt Detective Special

When assigning Al Capone (Ben Gazzara) the task of murdering Jim Colosimo in 1920, Johnny Torrio (Harry Guardino) hands him a Colt Detective Special. Spike O'Donnell is later seen drawing his own during an attempt on his life. Later, Capone's hitmen Frank Nitti (Sylvester Stallone), Tony Lombardo (Tony Giorgio), and Jack "Machine Gun" McGurn (Carmen Argenziano) each fire their Detective Specials into rival gang boss Dion O'Banion. Hymie Weiss (John Davis Chandler) also uses a Detective Special during the attempt on Torrio's life. All of these events in the film occur prior to 1927, making the use of the Colt Detective Special anachronistic.

Colt Detective Special 1st Gen - .38 Special
Torrio places a Detective Special on his desk for Capone.
Spike O'Donnell draws his Detective Special during the Gusenberg brothers' attempt on his life.
McGurn and Nitti thrust their Detective Specials into O'Banion's abdomen.
Hymie Weiss goes to finish off Torrio with a final shot from his Detective Special but his gun clicks empty. In real life, this had actually happened during the attempt on Torrio's life, but with "Bugs" Moran's .45-caliber 1911 pistol which was locked open as Moran approached Torrio's body.

Double Barreled Shotgun

Pete Gusenberg (Martin Kove) uses a Double Barreled Shotgun with exposed hammers as his weapon of choice throughout the film. After he uses it to murder Spike O'Donnell, Capone describes the killing: "Both barrels of a shotgun ... they're pickin' his brains out of the cigars in the store window on 63rd Street". Spike O'Donnell also uses one in 1923 to try and murder the Gusenberg brothers.

Pete Gusenberg executes some of the Genna brothers' whiskey runners in Joliet in 1920.
Pete Gusenberg raises his shotgun during the Spike O'Donnell hit in 1923 as his brother Frank draws a Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless behind him.
Pete Gusenberg aims his shotgun at Genna's car during a 1925 car chase.
Pete Gusenberg loads his shotgun prior to an attempt on Capone's life in 1929.

Colt Official Police

Two O'Donnell hitmen in 1923 use Colt Official Police revolvers to try and murder the Gusenberg brothers. Angelo Genna (Angelo Grisanti) also draws one when trying to out-drive the Gusenberg brothers in 1925. The Official Police also makes appearance as the sidearm of Deputy Sheriff Joe Pryor (Dick Miller, later to play the pawn shop owner in The Terminator). Capone (Ben Gazzara) takes the Colt from him then, after a few seconds of pointing it at Pryor, opens the cylinder and uses the ejector rod to force the shells out before handing it back.

Colt Official Police - 4" Barrel - .38 Special
The O'Donnell hitmen aim their Official Police revolvers and a shotgun at the Gusenbergs.
Capone holds Pryor's Colt Official Police.
Genna drives with one hand on his Colt Official Police.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless

Frank Gusenberg (Ben Marino) chambers a Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless before the 1923 attempt on Spike O'Donnell's life.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless - .32 ACP
Frank Gusenberg chambers his Colt pistol.

Star Model B

Star Model B pistols are seen throughout the film as a stand-in for .45-caliber 1911A1 pistols that were unreliable with blanks at the time of the film's production. Frank Nitti (Sylvester Stallone) keeps one as his sidearm, especially in the film's latter half. Several of Capone's other hitmen and bodyguards, such as Jack "Machine Gun" McGurn (Carmen Argenziano) and Charlie Fischetti (Joe De Nicola), carry Star Model B pistols, in addition to Capone (Ben Gazzara) himself.

Star Model B Pistol, blued finish - 9mm. This is a screen used Star Model B from the 1987 film The Untouchables.
A Genna warehouse guard fires his Star Model B at a retreating car.
"Bugs" Moran (Robert Phillips) aims his Star Model B at Johnny Torrio in 1925. In real life, he had indeed used a .45-caliber Colt 1911 pistol.
Capone fires a Thompson as McGurn, Fischetti, and Nitti fire Star Model B pistols at a target they believe to be Hymie Weiss outside the Pony Inn in 1926.
Nitti draws his Star Model B as the waiter refuses to allow Capone to eat the poisoned soup.
Capone fires his Star Model B at the Gusenberg brothers during their final attempt on his life in 1929.
Capone's Star Model B runs empty.

Thompson M1921AC

The Thompson M1921AC is prominently featured throughout the second half of the film, beginning with its use by the Gusenberg brothers to assassinate Angelo Genna in January 1925 after a lengthy car chase. Capone (Ben Gazzara) has Charlie Fischetti purchase one for him, which he later uses in his attempted attack on Hymie Weiss outside the Pony Inn in 1926. The district attorney Crowe describes the gun to Capone as a "machine gun". Pete Gusenberg (Martin Kove) uses one when attempting to murder Capone at his hotel in 1926, with Frank Gusenberg (Ben Marino) wielding one during the later attack on Capone in 1929. Finally, Charlie Fischetti (Joe De Nicola) and Jack "Machine Gun" McGurn (Carmen Argenziano) use Thompsons during the infamous St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

Colt M1921AC Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP.
Capone holds his new Thompson while describing it to his employees as capable of firing "500 slugs in one minute".
Capone places his Thompson in with two others behind a painting on his wall.
Capone outside the Pony Inn with his Thompson. Nitti is behind him with his Star Model B drawn.
Capone fires a Thompson as McGurn, Fischetti, and Nitti fire Star Model B pistols at a target they believe to be Hymie Weiss outside the Pony Inn.
Robert E. Crowe (George Chandler) shows Capone his own Thompson he had used to gun down McSwiggin.
Pete Gusenberg fires his Thompson at Capone's hotel in 1926.
McGurn and Fischetti with their Thompsons during the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

Thompson M1928A1

A clip excised from producer Roger Corman's previous film about the same subject matter, 1967's The St. Valentine's Day Massacre features Frank Gusenberg (David Canary, not Ben Marino as in this film) using an anachronistic Thompson M1928A1 during the 1926 attempt on Capone at his hotel.

M1928A1 Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
(From The St. Valentine's Day Massacre and reused in Capone)

Browning Auto-5

Jack "Machine Gun" McGurn (Carmen Argenziano) uses a Browning Auto-5 to mow down Hymie Weiss from a second story window in 1926. Two are also used by the St. Valentine's Day Massacre hitmen three years later.

Browning Auto 5 (pre WW2) - 12 gauge
McGurn fires the Browning Auto-5 as another of Capone's assassins fires a Thompson.



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