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The Killers is a 1964 crime film directed by Don Siegel and based on Ernest Hemingway's short story of the same name. The film stars Lee Marvin, Clu Gulager, John Cassavetes, Angie Dickinson, and in his final film role (before entering politics), Ronald Reagan. The film was intended to be the very first made-for-TV film, but was eventually rejected by NBC due to its violent content and was given a theatrical release. This was the second adaptation of Hemingway's short story of the same name, but director Don Siegel and writer Gene Coon went out of their way to make sure it was as loose as an adaptation and as different from the first film as possible, changing the names of all the characters, and even changing the point of view. It was also the first, and only, film in Reagan's career where he played a villain, a role he took at the urging of good friends agent Lew Wasserman and director Don Siegel. Reagan supposedly regretted taking the role, mainly objecting to a scene where he had to strike Angie Dickinson. This was also the first film role for Clu Gulager, who had previously only worked on television, and the score was one of the early works of composer John Williams (who was still credited at the time as "Johnny Williams.")
The following guns were used in the movie The Killers:
Smith & Wesson Model 27
Charlie Strom (Lee Marvin) uses a suppressed Smith & Wesson Model 27 throughout the film.
S&W Model 27 with custom target grips and Patridge Sights - .357 Magnum
Charlie draws his suppressed S&W 27 early in the film. Oddly enough, Charlie only keeps the revolver in the brown briefcase, never on his person.
Charlie about to attach the suppressor in Browning's office.
The Patridge sights can be seen here.
Charlie outside of Browning's residence. According to costar Clu Gulager and director Don Siegel, Lee Marvin had come to the set drunk and was still inebriated while filming this scene.
A publicity still of Lee Marvin as Charlie Strom with his S&W 27.
Smith & Wesson Model 10 (Snub-nosed)
Lee (Clu Gulager) and Jack Browning (Ronald Reagan) use snub-nosed Smith & Wesson Model 10s throughout the film.
Smith & Wesson Model 10 snub nose revolver - .38 Special. Early Model
Lee shows Earl Sylvester (Claude Akins
) his S&W 10 snub. The Smith & Wesson logo can be seen in this shot.
Another angle of the above.
Lee's revolver on the floor as he does pushups.
Browning with his suppressed S&W 10 snub.
A closeup of Browning's revolver.
Smith & Wesson Model 10
Johnny North (John Cassavetes) and Jack Browning use full-sized Model 10's during the holdup.
Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver with 5" Barrel - .38 Special
Browning approaches the mail truck with revolver drawn.
This shot shows the disadvantage of the clamshell holster, as Browning is forced to use both hands to holster his revolver. Clamshell holsters were popular in California in the sixties.
North holds his revolver on Browning. The slightly bent barrel may mean that this is a rubber gun.
Single Action Army
Charlie Strom carries a concealed Single Action Army in one scene, and presumably throughout the entire film, but never draws it.
Colt Single Action Army w/ 4.75" barrel, case colored and blued, referred to as "Quick-Draw" or "Civilian" model.
George Fleming (Robert Phillips) uses a Coach Gun during the holdup.
Stoeger/IGA Coach imported side by side shotgun - 12 Gauge
Smith & Wesson M-Frame Ladysmith
Lee (Clu Gulager) pulls a nickel-plated Smith & Wesson M-Frame Ladysmith off of Browning's display and plays with it.
Smith & Wesson Second Model Ladysmith - .32 Long
The Ladysmith still on the board, to the right of the Steyr M1912
Jack Browning displays a collection of guns in his office. Lee takes one and plays with it.