St. Valentine's Day Massacre, The

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The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967).

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre is the 1967 gangster film directed by Roger Corman and is based on the infamous 1929 Chicago mob killings.


The following weapons were used in the film The St. Valentine's Day Massacre:

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Thompson M1928A1

The Thompson M1928A1 is used throughout the film by mobsters in both Capone's and Moran's gang. The use of the M1928A1 is anachronistic as most of the film is set in 1929 (with some scenes from earlier), before the development of the M1928A1. Frank Gusenberg (David Canary) uses a M1928A1 in an early scene when he wounds Jack McGurn in a phone booth. Two of Capone's men use M1928A1s during the actual massacre, including John Scalise (Richard Bakalyan) and Albert Anselmi (Rico Cattani). John Scalise anarchonsticaly uses a M1928A1 with a strange MP40 style sights during the 1926 hit on Hymie Weiss(Reed Hadley).The gangsters at this time used M1921s and M1928s (as the M1928A1 was not yet developed). During the actual massacre in 1929, one of the Thompsons used a 50-round drum magazine while the other used a 20-round stick magazine, unlike the film in which both Thompsons are equipped with 50-round drums.

M1928A1 Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
Frank Gusenberg (David Canary) fires at Jack McGurn, eyes closed.
One of Moran (Ralph Meeker)'s men fires at Capone in the Hawthorne Hotel during a 1925 flashback.
Bobo Borotto (Tom Signorelli)watches the Clark Street garage with an unloaded M1928A1.
Scalise (Richard Bakalyan)rubs garlic on the .45 ACP rounds he loads into his Thompson's drum magazine, to infect the victims if they are not killed instantly.
Capone's killers line the seven massacre victims up against the wall.
The muzzles of the two Thompsons as the seven men are mowed down.
Scalise (Richard Bakalyan) and Anselmi (Rico Cattani) fire their Thompsons.
Scalise and Anselmi fire at Weiss.
In the next scene of the same hit,the M1928A1 appears with rounded sights.

Double-Barreled Shotgun

Several 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotguns are used throughout the film. During the early attempted hit on McGurn, Pete Gusenberg (George Segal) aims a shotgun out his car window. Frank later holds one when Nick and Pete are whiskey-dealing. Gino (Jack Nicholson in an early uncredited role) helps load the shotguns later used in the massacre. Two of Capone's men (dressed as policemen) use double-barreled shotguns during the massacre, firing both barrels at the end to finish off the victims. This is historically correct as four shotgun shells were found at the scene.

Charles Parker 1878 Side by Side Shotgun - 12 Gauge. The Parker Gun Company was absorbed into Remington in 1934.
Pete (George Segal) waits for Frank to finish the hit with his shotgun ready.
Frank holds a shotgun on Nick.
Gino (Jack Nicholson) unloads the shotguns.
Capone's killers line the seven massacre victims up against the wall.
The "police officers" fire their shotguns into the bodies of the massacre victims.

Colt Detective Special

Almost every gangster in the film uses a Colt Detective Special. Jack McGurn (Clint Ritchie) and his bodyguard are both armed with Detective Specials. Al Capone (Jason Robards) disarms Charlie Fischetti (Paul Richards) of one, swearing death for Lolordo's death.Joe Aiello (Alexander D'Arcy), packs himself a Colt DS while trying to escape,but Al Capone disarms him and kicks him with tthe butt of revolver so he can cut his throat .Scalise and Anselmi use them in the killing of Dion O'Banion (John Agar) and are both disarmed of their Detective Specials by Capone's mobsters in the end. McGurn gives Nick Sorello (Frank Silvera) an unloaded Detective Special from his armory, which Pete Gusenberg later takes from him and tosses aside. Moran's right hand man James Clark (Kurt Kreuger) uses a Detective Special during the killing of Patsy Lolordo (Michele Guarini).

Colt Detective Special - .38 Special
McGurn (Clint Ritchie)'s bodyguard stands at his side with a Colt DS drawn.
Capone's bodyguard lays next to him with a Detective Special drawn during the Hawthorne Hotel ambush flashback.
Scalise and Anselmi kill Dion O'Banion (John Agar).
Nick Sorello (Frank Silvera) checks his new Detective Special from McGurn.
Clark (Kurt Kreuger) threatens one of Lolordo (Michele Guarini)'s men.
Capone stares at Fischetti's Detective Special when he swears vengeance for Lolordo's death.
"Basta!A-sa-si-no"
Capone's men, armed with their own Detective Specials and the ones they disarmed, intimidate Scalise and Anselmi as Capone approaches them with a baseball bat.

Thompson M1921

More historically accurate than the M1928A1s more commonly seen in the film, a Thompson M1921 is wielded by Pete Gusenberg (George Segal) during the Hawthorne Hotel ambush in 1925.

M1921 Thompson .45 ACP
Pete fires an M1921 at the Hawthorne Hotel.
Pete moves closer to the hotel to get a better shot.

Winchester Model 1897

During the 1926 hit on Hymie Weiss (Reed Hadley), Albert Anselmi(Rico Cattani)slamfires a Winchester Model 1897. Another Model 1897 is seen during the final montage held by a prison guard at Moran's funeral in 1957.

Winchester Model 1897 Riot Gun - 12 gauge.
Scalise and Anselmi prepare to kill Hymie Weiss (Reed Hadley).
Scalise and Anselmi kill Weiss.

Colt Police Positive

The two Capone hitmen dressed as policemen during the massacre carry Colt Police Positive revolvers.

Colt Police Positive - .38 Special.
The "police officers" order Moran's men to line up against the wall.

McGurn's personal armory

McGurn keeps his own personal armory behind a wall in his brothel/nightclub, which contains:

McGurn's armory.



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