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Johnny Dangerously

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Johnny Dangerously (1984)

Johnny Dangerously is a 1984 screwball gangster comedy directed by Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless). The film was a farcical tale of a 'good kid' gone bad as it followed the life of Johnny Kelly (Michael Keaton), who would later become the mysterious gangster "Johnny Dangerously" during the 1930s. The film at times, broke the fourth wall in that the title character starts addressing the audience directly in the middle of the scene. The cast included Joe Piscopo, Peter Boyle and Danny DeVito.

The following weapons were used in the film Johnny Dangerously:


Smith & Wesson Model 36

Early in the film, Johnny Dangerously wields an anachronistic Smith & Wesson Model 36 "Chiefs Special". It is identified by the style of ejector rod and the flat latch cylinder release.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
Johnny Dangerously (Michael Keaton) cautiously accepts a crate delivery with his Smith & Wesson Model 36 drawn.

Colt New Service

One of Jocko Dundees' henchmen carries a Colt New Service Revolver during the Casino heist.

Colt New Service - .45 Long Colt
One of Jocko Dundees' henchmen carries a Colt New Service Revolver as the gang tries to get back into the building to save their boss.

Danny Vermin's ".88 Magnum"

Danny Vermin (Joe Piscopo) holds a gun he calls 'an 88 Magnum', supposedly a revolver custom made for him. The mythological ".88 Magnum revolver" however, is just a long barreled Colt New Service Revolver with black pearl grips chambered in .45 Long Colt. It was specially made for him, and "shoots through schools," as Vermin puts. It can shoot through armor, the victim, and a tree outside, presumably with a single shot. Although it failed to penetrate Johnny's cigarette case at the end of the film.

The weapon appears purely to accommodate a verbal pun on the then-famous .44 Magnum revolver (made famous by Dirty Harry), since .88 caliber would be enormous and impractical to have as a revolver round. Also 'Magnum rounds' were not common until years after the introduction of the .357 S&W Magnum in 1934. Until the film-viewing public becomes more gun literate, most casual movie goers would have to be told that the .88 Magnum does not exist in real life.

Screen used Colt New Service Revolver with custom long barrel, held by Danny Vermin (Joe Piscopo).
Danny Vermin (Joe Piscopo) pulls out his ".88 Magnum".
Danny Vermin (Joe Piscopo) admires his .88 Magnum.
"You might as well come down, Pembroke. There's no one left but you." The new James Cagney movie plays as Danny Vermin (Joe Piscopo) aims the .88 Magnum at the movie theater during the assassination attempt on D.A. Kelly. Here are the black pearl grips.

Colt Detective Special

The Colt Detective Special is used by several characters, Jocko Dundee (Peter Boyle), Roman Troy Moronie (Richard Dimitri), and several henchmen.

Colt Detective Special 1st Gen - .38 Special
Jocko Dundee (Peter Boyle) impresses a young Johnny Kelly (Byron Thames) as he robs his rival's Casino with a Colt Detective Special.
One of Moronies' henchmen fires at Dundee with his own Colt Detective Special.
Roman Troy Moronie (Richard Dimitri) aims Dundees' own Colt Detective Special back at him, intending to kill him.

Smith & Wesson M&P Revolver

Dundees' gang pulls their guns on an unwitting delivery man who drops off a suspicious crate at their office. One of the men carries a Smith & Wesson M&P Revolver.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver with long barrel and Gold Medallion grips - .38 Special
One of Dundee's trusted henchmen aims his Smith & Wesson M&P Revolver at a hapless delivery man.


Star Model B

The Star Model B is used by one of Dundees' men, presumably standing in for an M1911A1 pistol.

Blued Star Model B - 9x19mm Parabellum
One of Dundee's gangmembers holds a Star Model B.

Colt Model 1903

The Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless pistol is used by both Roman Moronie (Richard Dimitri) and one of Dundees' men.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Pistol Nickel - .32 ACP
Roman Troy Moronie (Richard Dimitri) expresses his rage at Dundee while gripping his nickel Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Pistol.
One of Dundees' henchmen also carries a Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Pistol.

Submachine Guns

Thompson M1928

Thompson M1928s are used extensively in the film, mostly by assassins sent by Moronie to kill Johnny Dangerously.

M1928 Thompson - .45 ACP
Moronie sends a very disturbing looking automated puppet of himself (like the early fortune teller mechanical people) to kill Dundee and his men, including Johnny, wielding a Thompson M1928 Submachine gun.
A hitman disguise as a window washer takes aim at Johnny Dangerously in the street with a Thompson M1928 Submachine gun.
A hitwoman who was posing as a dress store mannequin tries to clear a jam in her Thompson M1928 as she tries to assassinate Johnny Dangerously.

Hudson Replica Thompson M1928

A Hudson replica Thompson Submachine gun is used as evidence by District Attorney Kelly (Griffin Dunne) during the trial of Roman Moronie.


Short Thompson Submachine gun

A short barreled Thompson submachine gun is smuggled to Johnny as he plots his escape from prison. It is made from a chopped up Hudson Thompson Replica and each piece, rather unrealistically, snaps together to form a firearm, though it is a bluff. When Johnny escapes he tosses the gun and it breaks apart.


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