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I Won't Be a Gangster, My Dear (Nebusiu gangsteriu, brangioji)

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I Won't Be a Gangster, My Dear
(Nebusiu gangsteriu, brangioji)
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Modern Cover for Russian Release
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Algimantas Puipa
Release Date 1978
Language Lithuanian
Studio Lithuanian Film Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Della Nijole Ozelyte
Kid Brady Kostas Smoringas
Old Man Vytautas Paukste
Dick Denver Antanas Surna
Police Capt. Jimmy Mack Vilhelmas Vaicekauskas
Bill Mikhail Evdokimov
Della's uncle Algirdas Sabalys

I Won't Be a Gangster, My Dear (original Lithuanian title Nebusiu gangsteriu, brangioji, Russian title Ne budu gangsterom, dorogaya) is a 1978 Soviet Lithuanian made for TV adventure comedy directed by Algimantas Puipa and based on several short stories by O.Henry ("Little speck in garnered fruit", "Vanity and Some Sables", "The Gift of the Magi" and "The Cop and the Anthem").

The following weapons were used in the film I Won't Be a Gangster, My Dear (Nebusiu gangsteriu, brangioji):


Trocaola Aranzabal Y Cia Revolver

Kid Brady's (Kostas Smoringas) handgun is a Spanish Trocaola Aranzabal Y Cia revolver, a version of Smith & Wesson Military & Police.

Trocaola Aranzabal Y Cia revolver - 8x27mm French M1892
Kid Brady holds his revolver.
A close view.
The grip is seen when Dick Denver's henchman Bill (Mikhail Evdokimov) takes the revolver from Kid Brady.
Bill holds Kid Brady at gunpoint with his own revolver.
Bill unloads the revolver.
Kid Brady gets his revolver back.
Same revolver is seen in hands of police officer Mark (Leonid Vladimirov).
Kid Brady in disguice of a farmer John Bryukvingham (meaning "Turnipham") robs the manager of "Farmer's Friend" company.
The muzzle and empty cylinder of the revolver are seen.
The same revolver in shop window.

Lefaucheux Revolver

Della (Nijole Ozelyte) is seen with a Lefaucheux Revolver. The shape of the firing pin allows to state that this revolver is converted from pinfire to centerfire ammunition.

Lefaucheux Model 1858 - 12mm Pinfire. The screen revolver looks generally similar but differ in details, like faceted barrel.
Della holds her revolver.
Centerfire firing pin is seen.
The revolver on the bed.
A view from another side.
Kid Brady graps Della's hand with the revolver.
Another view of the revolver.
Same revolver is seen in hands of a yound woman (uncredited) in shop window.

Nagant M1895 (Mocked Up as Colt Cap and Ball revolver)

Most gangsters and police officers carry revolvers that appear to be visually modified Nagant M1895s, fitted with a long faceted barrels and fake loading levers in order to make them look as Colt cap and ball revolvers (outdated weapons for 1920s when the film story is set). When in action, these revolvers are operated as single action guns. These props are also seen in several other Lithuanian Film Studios productions, like Smoke and Shorty (Smok i Malysh) and Adventures of Kalle the Detective (Priklyucheniya Kalle-syschika).

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38R Nagant
For comparison: Colt 1851 Navy
Dick Denver's henchman (Vladas Radvilavicius) aims his fake Colt at Kid Brady.
A good view of long faceted barrel of the fake Colt.
Gang boss Dick Denver (Antanas Surna) holds a fake Colt.
A view of the revolver from another side.
Dick Denver aims.
A police officer (Vytautas Grigolis) at the left holds a fake Colt.
Gangsters fire their revolvers at police.
Police officers in shootout with gangsters.

Colt Cap and Ball style revolver

A theater actor (Algirdas Grashis) holds a revolver during the performance. This gun is seen only in distance but its general shape allows to guess that it's one of Colt cap and ball revolvers, original or some European copy (and it's not an abovementioned visually modified Nagant, as this revolver definitly has open-top frame).

For comparison: Colt 1849 Pocket with 5" barrel - .31 caliber
A theater actor at the left holds a revolver.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

In the dream of homeless old man police officers carry Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Police officers carry M91/30 rifles.
Police officers aim.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

During the confrontation between police and gangsters both sides use rifles (probably a single prop) that appears to be a Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine with partially removed handguard (probably to look like a sporterized rifle).

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A police officer (second from the right) holds an M38 Carbine.
A gangster at the left fires an M38 Carbine.
Gangsters surrender. The shortened handguard of M38 Carbine can be seen.

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