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The Diamond Arm (Brilliantovaya Ruka)

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The Diamond Arm
(Brilliantovaya ruka)
Theatrical Release Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Leonid Gaidai
Release Date 1969
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Semyon Semyonovich Gorbunkov Yuriy Nikulin
Lyolik Anatoliy Papanov
Gennadiy Kozodoev Andrey Mironov
Nadya Gorbunkova Nina Grebeshkova
Varvara Sergeevna Plyushch Nonna Mordyukova
Militsiya Capt. Mikhail Ivanovich Stanislav Chekan
Militsiya Lt. Volodya Vladimir Gulyaev
The Chief Nikolay Romanov

The Diamond Arm (Brilliantovaya Ruka) (1968) is a cult classic Soviet crime comedy about misadventures of a Soviet tourist (Yuri Nikulin) who suddenly becomes a figure in a smuggling operation, when in Turkey his broken arm is plastered not only with a plaster, but also with gold and diamonds. When he contacts the authorities, he becomes a target for two unfortunate smugglers (Anatoli Papanov and Andrei Mironov).

The following weapons were used in the film The Diamond Arm (Brilliantovaya Ruka):


Beretta M1934

Militsiya Lt. Volodya (Vladimir Gulyaev) gives a blank-loaded Beretta M1934 to Semyon Gorbunkov (Yuri Nikulin).

Beretta M1934 - .380 ACP
Volodya holds the Beretta M1934.
Semyon Gorbunkov holds the pistol.
A close-up.
Gorbunkov's wife Nadya (Nina Grebeshkova) holds Beretta M1934.
Lyolik (Anatoli Papanov) fires captured Beretta M1934... but finds out that it's loaded with blanks.

Handguns in smugglers' den

A number of handguns is seen on the wall in the smugglers' den in the pharmacy in Istanbul:

Steyr-Hahn M1912 (1913 mfg) - 9x23mm Steyr
Classic Commercial Browning Hi-Power (Belgian Mfg) - 9x19mm
Mauser C96 "Pre-War Commercial" - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Luger P08 with black grips - 9x19mm
Orbea Hermanos nickel plated revolver with pearl grips, a Spanish version of Smith Wesson Double Action - .44 Russian
For comparison: Wheellock riding pistol
Russian Cavalry Private's M1839 Flintlock Pistol - .70 (17.78 mm)
  • 8. Flintlock cavalry carbine, most likely a Russian cavalry Stutzer (rifled carbine).
For comparison: Russian M1803 Flintlock Cavalry Stutzer (Rifled Carbine) - .65 (16.51mm)
Steyr 1912, Browning Hi-Power, Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action and an antique long-barreled pistol. This gun seems to lack the lock but the general shape resembles wheellock.
At the right: Mauser C96, Luger P08, flintlock pistol (supposedly a Russian Cavalry Private's Model 1839), and flintlock carbine. It's hard to say for sure but the C96 may have a compact "Bolo" grip.
Another view of the handguns on the wall.
The production image with film director and actors. Several guns are seen on the wall: the grip of the C96, Steyr, Hi-Power, Smith & Wesson and the grip of the antique pistol.

Long Guns

Karabiner 98k

A Karabiner 98k rifle is seen on the wall in the smugglers' den.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser. Manufactured in Germany, 1937.
The Kar 98k is on top. The rifle seems to lack the bolt handle.
The barrel is seen.

Mockup long gun

One more long gun on the wall turns out to be a generic mockup of a sort of a flintlock carbine.

The gun is on bottom.
The barrel is seen.
The mockup lock is seen.
The stock is encircled by a metal ring.


Lighter pistol

The lighter pistol is held by Militsiya Capt. Mikhail Ivanovich (Stanislav Chekan).

Mikhail Ivanovich points his lighter at Gorbunkov's cigarette

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