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Dillinger (1973)

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Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by John Milius
Release Date 1973
Language English
Studio American International Pictures (AIP)
Distributor American International Pictures (AIP)
Main Cast
Character Actor
John Dillinger Warren Oates
Melvin Purvis Ben Johnson
Billie Frechette Michelle Phillips
Anna Sage Cloris Leachman
Homer Van Meter Harry Dean Stanton
Harry Pierpont Geoffrey Lewis
Charles Makley John P. Ryan
"Baby Face" Nelson Richard Dreyfuss
"Pretty Boy" Floyd Steve Kanaly
Eddie Martin John Martino

The following firearms are seen in the 1973 film Dillinger:



During the opening credits, just as director John Milius's name comes on, a M1911A1 found in the actual Dillinger gang's collection during a 1934 arrest is seen at the base of a Thompson with its stock removed. Also, in the scene at Little Bohemia where "Baby Face" Nelson (Richard Dreyfuss) questions Dillinger's (Warren Oates) leadership, Dillinger grabs Nelson's 1911 from him and attacks him with it, then gives it back to him, taunting him. This is the only scene in which gang members are seen with genuine 1911s, identified by the larger bore diameter and lack of an external extractor.

Pre-War Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP.
An M1911A1 and a Thompson.
Dillinger shoves Nelson's 1911 back into his hand.
Nelson reluctantly takes the 1911 back.

Star Model B

Bank robbers John Dillinger (Warren Oates), Homer Van Meter (Harry Dean Stanton), "Pretty Boy" Floyd (Steve Kanaly), Harry Pierpont (Geoffrey Lewis), and Eddie the getaway driver (John Martino) use Star Model B pistols, standing in for the M1911A1. In several scenes, Dillinger and Floyd dual-wield them. FBI agent Samuel Cowley (Roy Jenson) carries a Star Model B, notably when he watches Purvis face off against Underhill. Other vigilantes and policemen can occasionally be seen with Model Bs as well.

Star Model B Pistol, blued finish - 9x19mm
Dillinger (Warren Oates) fires a shot into the ceiling during the first bank robbery in the film.
Eddie (John Martino), the getaway driver, fires a Model B at a police roadblock.
A Mason City vigilante with a Star Model B.
Homer Van Meter (Harry Dean Stanton) fires his Model B out the window at vigilantes and police in Mason City (The external extractor visible shows that the pistol is a Star Model B.
Dillinger emerges from the Mason City bank, firing his Model B.
Dillinger's slide locks back as he fires at a vigilante.
Pretty Boy Floyd (Steve Kanaly) fires his pistols akimbo.
Van Meter uses his Model B to intimidate Leroy into giving him a ride after escaping Little Bohemia.
Homer Van Meter fires a Star Model B.

Star Model B (nickel)

FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Ben Johnson) uses a Star Model B throughout the film, most likely standing in for the Colt Super Automatic chambered in .38 Super used by the FBI during the 1930s. Although Purvis did receive a nickel-plated .45-caliber 1911A1 upon his retirement from the FBI in 1935, he typically carried a Colt Detective Special during the hunts for Dillinger and Floyd in 1934, emptying all six shots from his revolver at Floyd according to contemporary FBI reports.

Star Model B Pistol with a custom bright nickel plated finish and pearl grips - 9mm. This is a screen used Star Model B from the film Pulp Fiction.
Purvis holds his two nickel Star Bs as he goes to face Wilbur Underhill.
Purvis lets a boy hold his nickel Star Model B as he gets his shoes shined.
Melvin Purvis (Ben Johnson)chambers a nickel Star Model B.
Purvis, with his Model B, and Thompson-wielding FBI agents gun down Pretty Boy Floyd.
Purvis shoots and kills Dillinger in the final scene of the film.


Colt New Service

Bank robbers John Dillinger (Warren Oates), Homer Van Meter (Harry Dean Stanton), Reed Youngblood (Frank McRae), and Charley Makley (John Ryan) carry Colt New Service revolvers. Van Meter notably uses his to shoot up an old man's gumball machine at a gas station.

Colt New Service M1917 - .45 ACP.
Homer Van Meter tries to intimidate a filling station owner with his New Service.
Homer Van Meter shoots a gumball machine out of anger.
Makley is shot in the stomach while carrying his New Service during the East Chicago bank robbery.
Dillinger holds a New Service to the prison mechanic's head during his escape.
The prison warden is understandably concerned when Reed Youngblood (Frank McRae) keeps a New Service pointed at him during Dillinger's impromptu post-prison-breakout bank robbery.
Reed Youngblood fires a shot from one of his two New Services as he is killed during the Mason City gunfight. Somehow these two white-gripped New Services end up in the hands of...
...Dillinger during the Little Bohemia gunfight the next morning. They seem to be the same revolvers as Youngblood had used and yet Dillinger had no time to stop and pick them up during the escape from Mason City the previous day. In this scene, Dillinger is seen firing the revolvers until empty before reverting back to his usual dual Star Model B pistols.

Colt Detective Special

"Handsome Jack" Klutas (Terry Leonard) draws a Colt Detective Special from his pocket when he is killed by Purvis (Ben Johnson), firing a few shots into the air before he falls down the stairs, riddled by Thompson bullets. "Baby Face" Nelson (Richard Dreyfuss) fires a Detective Special during the Little Bohemia shootout.

Colt Detective Special 1st Gen - .38 Special
Nelson fires his Detective Special.

Colt Official Police

A Mason City vigilante fires a long-barreled Colt Official Police revolver.

Colt Police Positive - .38 Special.
A Mason City vigilante takes aim with a long barrel Police Positive.

Smith & Wesson Model 10

Harry Pierpont (Geoffrey Lewis) fires a Smith & Wesson Model 10 at Little Bohemia. Several police officers, FBI agents, and vigilantes use them as well.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver - .38 Special
East Chicago police at a roadblock fire S&W Model 10 revolvers.
Harry Pierpont fires back at the police from Little Bohemia.
An FBI agent aims his Model 10 at Van Meter before he is shot.
An Iowa vigilante puts his S&W Model 10 revolver in Van Meter's face.

Smith & Wesson Model 20

The Mason City police officers all carry Smith & Wesson Model 20 revolvers.

Smith & Wesson Model 20 - .38/44
An officer watches the gang's bank robbery while holding a S&W Model 20.
An officer shotgunned by Pierpont falls back onto the roof with his S&W Model 20.

Smith & Wesson "Triple Lock"

During the Little Bohemia shootout, one of Pierpont's (Geoffrey Lewis) two S&W revolvers is a Smith & Wesson "Triple Lock".

British-issued Mk. I Hand Ejector (note shrouded ejector rod).
Pierpont fires out the windows at the FBI.

Submachine Gun & Automatic Rifle

Thompson M1921

Several members of Dillinger's gang, most notably Lester "Baby Face" Nelson (Richard Dreyfuss), Harry Pierpont (Geoffrey Lewis), John Dillinger (Warren Oates), Charley Makley (John Ryan), Homer Van Meter (Harry Dean Stanton), Tommy Carroll (Jerry Summers), and Reed Youngblood (Frank McRae) fire the Thompson M1921 with either drum or box magazines. Dillinger's girlfriend Billie Frechette (Michelle Phillips) fires a Thompson to cover his escape from Little Bohemia (although it inexplicably alternates with a Browning Automatic Rifle in the same scene). Many FBI agents and policemen too, such as Melvin Purvis (Ben Johnson) and Samuel Cowley (Roy Jenson) carry Thompsons.

Several Thompson seen have their stocks removed. The Thompson Dillinger uses during the prison breakout and subsequent bank robbery alternates between a model with a stock (in most shots) and with the stock removed (while inside the bank). Most of the Thompsons in the film use drum magazines, but some (most notably FBI agents and "Baby Face" Nelson) have models loaded with box magazines. Weapons supplied by Stembridge Gun Rentals.

Colt M1921AC Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
Pierpont (Geoffrey Lewis) with a Thompson during the first robbery.
Makley (John Ryan) walks several bank customers into a vault with his Thompson.
Dillinger fires his Thompson into a bank guard who shot Makley.
An East Chicago policeman fires his Thompson at the gang.
Dillinger intimidates a prison guard with a Thompson during his escape.
Baby Face Nelson (Richard Dreyfuss) fires his Thompson at Mason City vigilantes.
FBI agent Samuel Cowley (Roy Jenson) with a Thompson outside Little Bohemia.
Two FBI agents fire Thompsons at Little Bohemia.
Baby Face Nelson fires a Thompson out the window.
Billie (Michelle Phillips) covers Dillinger's escape with a Thompson, it should also be noted that during the scenes when Billie is firing to cover Dillinger's escape, her Thompson swtiches to a BAR.
Baby Face Nelson drives while firing his Thompson at a police car.
Baby Face Nelson lays dead, cradling a Thompson.
An FBI agent loads his Thompson before going to confront Pretty Boy Floyd.
Purvis (Ben Johnson), with a 1911, and Thompson-wielding FBI agents gun down Pretty Boy Floyd.

Browning Automatic Rifle

Several members of Dillinger's gang, most notably Homer Van Meter (Harry Dean Stanton), Harry Pierpont (Geoffrey Lewis), and Lester "Baby Face" Nelson (Richard Dreyfuss) fire Browning Automatic Rifles during the Mason City bank robbery and subsequent Little Bohemia shootout. Billie Frechette (Michelle Phillips) covers Dillinger's escape with a B.A.R. (inexplicably alternating with a Thompson during the same scene).

Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06
Homer Van Meter takes aim at a vigilante during the Mason City bank robbery.
Van Meter takes aim at a vigilante during the Mason City bank robbery.
Harry Pierpont joins Van Meter shooting at the vigilantes.
Pierpont tries to correct a jam in his B.A.R.
Van Meter fires back at the police as Pierpont's jammed B.A.R. sits in the car windshield.
Baby Face Nelson is one of the first to react to seeing police outside Little Bohemia, shooting a B.A.R. at them.
Billie covers Dillinger's getaway with a B.A.R. as mentioned previously, Billies Thompson switched to a B.A.R..

Rifles & Carbines

M1903 Springfield

M1903 Springfield rifles are seen in the hands of vigilantes in Mason City. One is also seen held by a vigilante and a state police officer at the farm where Purvis shoots Wilbur Underhill.

Springfield M1903 Mk 1 - .30-06
A vigilante aims his M1903 at the house.
Mason City vigilantes with a Springfield M1903 and a Winchester Model 70, waiting for the bank robbers to emerge.

M1903A3 Springfield

M1903A3 Springfield rifles are seen in the hands of U.S. Army and National Guard soldiers guarding Dillinger at Crown Point prison.

M1903A3 Springfield - .30-06
Soldiers assigned to guard Crown Point prison stand with Springfield rifles.

Remington Model 30

State Trooper using a Remington Model 30 Sporting Rifle with Lyman sights.

Remington Model 30 - .30-06
A state trooper aims his Remington Model 30 at the house. Notice the eye piece is missing on the rear sight.

Winchester Model 1892

A vigilante at Wilbur Underhill's house is armed with a Winchester Model 1892.

Winchester 1892 -.32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20.
A vigilante watches Purvis emerge from Underhill's house.

Winchester Model 70

A Mason City vigilante carries a Winchester Model 70 with open sights. Technically, the use of the Model 70 (developed in 1936) is an anachronism for a scene taking place in early 1934.

Winchester Model 70 with open sights - .30-06.
Mason City vigilantes with a Springfield M1903 and a Winchester Model 70, waiting for the bank robbers to emerge.

Remington Model 8

One of the Mason City Police Officers is seen using a Remington Model 8 Rifle.

Remington Model 8 semiautomatic rifle - chambered in .25, .30, .32 and .35 Rem
The officer in the background is seen aiming down the iron sights of a Remington Model 8 Rifle.


Winchester Model 1897

Harry Pierpont (Geoffrey Lewis) uses a Winchester Model 1897 during several shootouts. Several police, FBI agents, and vigilantes also have 1897s. Dillinger (Warren Oates) steals one from the Crown Point jail during his break out.

Winchester Model 1897 Riot Gun - 12 Gauge
A vigilante aims his '97 at Underhill's house.
O'Malley, the East Chicago bank guard, shoots Makley with a Model 1897.
East Chicago police at a roadblock fire a shotgun and Thompson at the gang.
East Chicago police fire Winchester shotguns.
Pierpont fires his Winchester Model 1897 at police.
Pierpont fires his Winchester Model 1897 at police.
Dillinger with his Winchester Model 1897 stolen from a prison guard.
A vigilante loads and checks his '97.
Pierpont fires his Winchester Model 1897 at a vigilante.
An FBI agent fires his shotgun at Little Bohemia.

Winchester Model 1912

A legionnaire outside the Crown Point jail during Dillinger's escape carries a Winchester Model 1912.

Winchester M1912 in 12 gauge
The legionnaire on the far left holds a Winchester Model 1912.

American Gun Company Side-by-Side Shotgun

A 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun made by American Gun Co. is used by a Mason City vigilante.

A Mason City vigilante loads his shotgun.
A Mason City vigilante's shotgun (shot reversed to show logo on gun: "American Gun Co.".

Double barreled shotgun

Several vigilantes throughout the film use double barreled shotguns. One of the Iowa vigilantes who fatally wounds Homer Van Meter uses a shotgun.

J. Stevens and Company Side by Side Shotgun (Circa 1878) exposed hammers and designed to fire Black Powder shotgun shells - 12 Gauge
A shotgun-toting farmer greets "Pretty Boy" Floyd with his long-barreled shotgun.
A farmer shoots Van Meter in the gut.

Browning Auto-5

One of the Vigilantes that is present during the assault of Wilbur Underhill's cabin, is seen carrying a Browning Auto-5 semi-automatic shotgun.

Browning Auto 5 (pre WW2) - 12 gauge
A vigilante hops over a fence, carrying his Browning Auto-5.

Machine Guns

Lewis Gun

A U.S. Army National Guard soldier at Crown Point mans a Lewis gun.

Lewis Gun - .30-06‎
In the foreground, a soldier is manning a Lewis Gun. Note that the pan is not loaded.

Browning M1917

Some of the 2 U.S. Army National Guard soldiers around Crown Point have water-cooled Browning M1917 machine guns set up.

Browning M1917 - .30-06‎
In the background, two soldiers man a Browning M1917.


Mk 2 hand grenade

"Pretty Boy" Floyd (Steve Kanaly) throws some Mk 2 hand grenades down at the police around Little Bohemia.

Mk 2 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Floyd prepares to throw a Mk 2 grenade.

"Wooden Gun"

John Dillinger (Warren Oates) is shown carving his infamous "wooden gun" to escape from Crown Point jail.

The real "wooden gun". It looks much more crude than the one seen in the movie.
Dillinger carves his "wooden gun".
Dillinger sticks the "wooden gun" into a prison guard's neck.

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