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Fear Is the Key

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Fear Is the Key
Fear Is the Key Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country UKD.jpg UK
Directed by Michael Tuchner
Release Date 1972
Language English
Studio Anglo-EMI
Main Cast
Character Actor
John Talbot Barry Newman
Sarah Ruthven Suzy Kendall
Vyland John Vernon
Herman Jablonsky Dolph Sweet
Royale Ben Kingsley
Ruthven Ray McAnally
Larry Peter Marinker

Fear Is the Key is a 1972 crime thriller directed by Michael Tuchner and based on the novel by Alistair MacLean (Ice Station Zebra).

The following weapons were used in the film Fear Is the Key:


Colt Police Positive

In the scene in the court John Talbot (Barry Newman) disarms a deputy and takes his Colt revolver (looks like a Colt Police Positive).

Colt Police Positive with 4" Barrel - .38 spl
A police officer holds his revolver.
Talbod disarms a deputy.
A close view at the revolver.
Talbot takes Sarah Ruthven as hostage.

Smith & Wesson Model 40

Larry (Peter Marinker) carries a hammerless snub nose revolver, supposedly a Smith & Wesson Model 40.

Smith & Wesson Model 40 "Centennial" with grip safety - .38 Special
Larry holds Talbot at gunpoint.
Royale (Ben Kingsley) holds Larry's revolver.

Colt Detective Special

In the scene on the oil rig Larry's (Peter Marinker) revolver switches to another one, supposedly a Colt Detective Special.

Colt Detective Special 1st Gen with Square Butt - .38 Special
Larry's disassembled revolver is seen on the table. Note that the cylinder is 6-shot.
Larry escorts Talbot.
Fear Is the Key-Revolver-10.jpg
Larry fires.

Unidentified Colt revolver

A revolver with typical Colt grip is carried by one of Vyland's henchmen. Only the grip is seen so it's hard to identify the revolver though it can be the same Colt Police Positive or a Colt Official Police that was used by Talbot in the beginning of the movie.

Fear Is the Key-Revolver-12.jpg


Manufrance Le Francais Pocket pistol

Royale's (Ben Kingsley) personal weapon is a pocket pistol that is supposed to be a Manufrance Le Francais model in .25 caliber. In the original novel Royale's pistol is also described as .25.

Manufrance Le Francais - .25 ACP‎
Royale aims his pistol at Talbot.
Royale's pistol in the final scene.

Pocket pistol

In the scene in a bar the bartender (Ernie Heldman) tries to get his pistol but John Talbot (Barry Newman) disarms him. The pistol is seen very briefly and is hard to be identified but it differs from Royale's pistol.

Talbot holds the bartender's pocket pistol.


Herman Jablonsky's (Dolph Sweet) personal weapon is an M1911 pistol. An M1911 or M1911A1 is seen in hands of one of FBI agents in the final scene.

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
Jablonsky aims his pistol at Talbot.
The pistol is seen from the back.
A grip is seen. This view allows to identify Jablonsky's pistol as M1911, not M1911A1.
An FBI agent, disguised as an oil rig worker, holds his pistol in the final scene.

Walther P38

In the final scene one of the FBI agents carries a Walther P38 (truly unusual weapon for a G-Man!).

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Another FBI agent, disguised as an oil rig worker, holds his pistol in the final scene.


Rifle or Shotgun

In one scene a police officer holds some long gun (supposedly a pump action shotgun). It is seen only in distance.

A police officer at the right holds a gun.

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