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Madigan is a 1968 crime drama that many consider to be one of the transitional movies from the Joe Friday Dragnet-type of police procedurals of the 1960s to the grittier Popeye Doyle/Dirty Harry detectives of the early 1970s. In many ways, Madigan has an old fashioned feel to it. Based on the 1962 novel "The Commissioner" by Richard Dougherty, the film's story feels almost like an Arthur Hailey novel. The film focuses on N.Y.P.D. police commissioner Anthony Russell (Henry Fonda), who is dealing with a crisis filled weekend while Detectives Madigan (Richard Widmark) and Bonaro (Harry Guardino) pursue a murder suspect (Steve Ihnat) who has evaded them and gotten their revolvers as well. In the hands of a lesser director, the film might play as a glossy melodrama, but director Don Siegel turned it into a suspenseful melodrama with a couple crackerjack action sequences. Madigan would later be adapted into an NBC television series of the same name with Richard Widmark reprising his role.
The following weapons were used in the film Madigan:
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
Smith & Wesson Model 10 snubnose
At the climax of the movie as they are preparing to take down Benesch (Steve Ihnat) N.Y.P.D. Detectives Daniel Madigan (Richard Widmark) and Rocco Bonaro (Harry Guardino) carry Smith & Wesson Model 10 snubnose revolvers. In addition ,in what can only be a continuity error, Benesch is shown using a S&W Model 10 snubnose in several scenes.
Smith & Wesson Model 36 Chief's Special
At the beginning of the movie when Detectives Madigan and Bonaro are looking for Barney Benesch (Steve Ihnat) they are carrying Smith & Wesson Model 36 "Chief's Special". Benesch later uses the revolvers as well (having taken them from the detectives at gunpoint).
Smith & Wesson Model 10
Uniformed N.Y.P.D. officers carry the standard size Smith & Wesson Model 10.
Colt Detective Special
Lt. Price (Frank Marth) carries a Colt Detective Special which he draws during the climax when the N.Y.P.D. corners Benesch.
Benesch (Steve Ihnat) carries a Model 1911A1 Government throughout the movie.
Double Barrel Shotgun
The movie was filmed in the summer of 1967. Several years before the S.W.A.T. team would make it's appearance. When the police finally corner Benesch (Steve Ihnat) in an apartment he barricades himself. The police use a full size 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun to blow off the lock to the door in order to make entry.
Federal Gas Riot Gun
During the stand-off with Benesch the police use what appears to be a Federal L5 Gas Riot Gun.