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Halls of Montezuma
Halls of Montezuma is a 1951 World War II film set on an unnamed island in the Pacific invaded by a battalion of US Marines. After several days battling snipers and machine gun nests, the advance is halted by deadly and accurate rocket fire. A platoon of Marines led by former school teacher Lt. Anderson (Richard Widmark), with the assistance of a translator (Reginald Gardner), are sent on a patrol to find prisoners for intel on the battery location. The movie was made with the full cooperation of the United States Marine Corps, and shot on location at Camp Pendleton. The film's title is a reference to the opening line of the Marines' Hymn.
The following weapons were used in the film Halls of Montezuma:
Star Model B
The Star Model B is the main sidearm of the US Marines, standing in for the Colt M1911A1 (probably because of an inability to acquire .45 caliber blank ammunition). It is used by Lt. Anderson (Richard Widmark) and Sgt. Zelenko (Neville Brand). Slattery (Bert Freed) carries a Star Model B in a shoulder holster.
"Pretty Boy" Riley (Skip Homeier) carries a Luger P08. Although this seems an odd choice for a US Marine in the Pacific, he can be seen with it in a flashback of his civilian days, meaning it may have been a World War One souveneir. He is constantly seen spinning it.
Sgt. Johnson (Reginald Gardner) has a Colt M1917 Revolver with pearl grips in a shoulder holster.
Nambu Type 14
Sgt. Johnson (Reginald Gardner) throws away a Nambu Type 14 found on the body of a wounded Japanese officer. Slattery (Bert Freed) attempts to take it as a souvenir, but Lt. Anderson confiscates it.
The main weapon of the US Marines is the M1 Garand. It is carried by Sgt. Zelenko (Neville Brand), Conroy (Richard Hylton), Slattery (Bert Freed), Pigeon Lane (Jack Palance), Koffman (Robert Wagner) and War Correspondent Dickerman (Jack Webb). Zelenko has an M7 bayonet attached to his M1 on several occasions.
Lt. Anderson (Richard Widmark) and Sgt. Johnson (Reginald Gardner) carry the M1 Carbine with an anachronistic bayonet lug.
Mauser Gewehr 1898
Japanese snipers use the Gewehr 98 instead of correct Arisaka_Rifles.
Browning Automatic Rifle
"Pretty Boy" Riley (Skip Homeier) and Whitney (Martin Milner) carry the Browning Automatic Rifle.
Conroy (Richard Hylton) mans a Browning M1917 in one scene.
US Marines use the Browning M1919A4. It is also seen mounted on the turret of the LVT-4 Troop Transport and LVT(A)-4 gun carriage, and in the hull of the M4 Sherman.
The Browning M2HB is mounted on the LVT-4 Troop Transports.
Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun
Japanese soldiers fire a Type 92 heavy machine gun from a bunker.
Type 96 Light Machine Gun
Several Japanese soldiers use the Type 96 light machine gun, most notably during a firefight with the platoon at the caves.
M9 "Bazooka" (2.36" Rocket)
A pair of US Marines fire a M9 "Bazooka" at a Japanese bunker.
An M2 Mortar can be briefly seen in a foxhole.
Mk 2 Hand Grenade
US Marines use the Mk 2 Hand Grenade.