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The Mask of the Gorilla (Le Gorille vous salue bien)

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The Mask of the Gorilla
(Le Gorille vous salue bien)
Le Gorille vous salue bien Poster.JPG
Original French Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Bernard Borderie
Release Date 1958
Language French
Studio Les Films Raoul Ploquin
Pathé Films
Main Cast
Character Actor
Géo Paquet aka "The Gorilla" Lino Ventura
Colonel Berthomieu aka "The Old Man" Charles Vanel
Isaline Bella Darvi
Chaboute Marie Sabouret
Casa Robert Manuel
Léon Jean-Roger Caussimon
Mauricet André Valmy
William Veslot Pierre Dux
Berthier Yves Barsacq

The Mask of the Gorilla (original title Le Gorille vous salue bien ("The Gorilla salute you")) is a 1958 French spy movie directed by Bernard Borderie and starring Lino Ventura as Géo Paquet aka "The Gorilla", an agent of DST (French counterespionage agency) who pretends to be a criminal in order to infiltrate a spy ring. The film was followed by two sequels, Gorilla's Waltz (La valse du gorille) (1959) and The Deadly Decoy (Le gorille a mordu l'archevêque) (1962) with Roger Hanin in the role of "The Gorilla".

The following weapons were used in the film The Mask of the Gorilla (Le Gorille vous salue bien):


FN P-35

An FN P-35, the first version of Browning Hi-Power, is "The Gorilla"'s (Lino Ventura) personal firearm.

FN P-35 - 9x19mm
"The Gorilla" draws the pistol from the glovebox in the opening scene.
He examines the pistol.
"The Gorilla" holds his pistol.
The pistol on the table.

Walther P38

Walther P38 pistols are seen in hands of several characters, including Casa (Robert Manuel), a petty criminal and "The Gorilla"'s old friend, and DST agent Berthier (Yves Barsacq).

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Casa fires from the window of his car.
Berthier aims his pistol at Combinat (Robert Berri), Veslot's enforcer.
Another view of Berthier's pistol.
Veslot's secretary Cébu (Jean-Pierre Mocky) (at the left) holds a P38.

FN Model 1922

An FN Model 1922 is seen in hands of Veslot's henchman Valério (Jean-Marie Rivière).

FN Model 1922 - .32 ACP
Valério (at the right) aims his pistol at Mauricet (André Valmy).


William Veslot (Pierre Dux) draws an M1911A1 in one scene.

Pre-War Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45ACP
Veslot holds "The Gorilla" at gunpoint.

Colt Model 1903

Pistols that appear to be Colt Model 1903 are seen in hands of crime boss Léon (Jean-Roger Caussimon) and Combinat (Robert Berri).

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Pistol Blued - .32 ACP
Léon (at the left) draws his pistol.
A close view of Léon's pistol.
Combinat (at the right) holds a pistol.
A grip is seen when Combinat pistol-whips "The Gorilla".

Frommer Stop

Popaul (François Darbon), another one of Veslot's henchmen, carries a pistol in one scene. It is seen briefly and unclear but the general shape allows to make a guess that it's a Frommer Stop.

Frommer Stop - .380 ACP
Popaul (at the left) holds "The Gorilla" at gunpoint.

Unidentified revolver

In one scene Chaboute (Marie Sabouret) fires a revolver. It is seen very briefly and only from the barrel.

Le Gorille vous salue bien-Revolver-1.jpg

Submachine Guns

M1928 Thompson

An M1928 Thompson is used by Valério (Jean-Marie Rivière).

M1928 "Tommy Gun" with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
The "Tommy Gun" is seen in the trunk of Valério's car.
Valério draws his weapon.


In one scene one of Léon's henchmen is armed with an MP40. In the final scene an MP40 is used by the hitman (Guy Mairesse).

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
Léon's henchman with MP40.
The MP40 is hidden in the bookcase.
The killer with MP40.
He readies his SMG before entering the room.

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