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The Safety Match (Shvedskaya spichka)

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The Safety Match (Shvedskaya spichka)
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Original Theatrical Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Konstantin Yudin
Release Date 1954
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Nikolai Yermolayevich Chubikov Aleksey Gribov
Emil Dyukovsky Andrei Popov
Pristav (chief of police) Yevgraf Kuzmich Mikhail Yanshin
Olga Petrovna Marina Kuznetsova
Mark Ivanovich Klyauzov Mikhail Nazvanov
Marina Ivanovna Kseniya Tarasova
Psekov Nikolai Gritsenko

The Safety Match (Shvedskaya spichka) is a Soviet 1954 detective comedy directed by Konstantin Yudin and based on the short story by Anton Chekhov. Two detectives in a small Russian town, seasoned and bored magistrate Nikolai Yermolayevich Chubikov (Aleksey Gribov) and his inexperienced but aspiring assistant Emil Dyukovsky (Andrei Popov), investigate the supposed murder of local landlord. The main material evidence in the case is a charred safety match (known in Russia at that time as "Swedish match"). But at last the detectives find out that there was no murder, and the supposed victim disappeared from sights to make an affair with another man's wife.

The following weapons were used in the film The Safety Match (Shvedskaya spichka):

Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action

Magistrate assistant Emil Dyukovsky (Andrei Popov) own a nickel plated Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action revolver with pearl grips (most likely not original S&W but a European, possibly Spanish clone). This is the same prop that was later seen in several other Mosfilm productions, like Semeynoe schastye, Zemlya Sannikova and Zhestokiy romans.

Orbea Hermanos nickel plated revolver with pearl grips, a Spanish version of Smith Wesson Double Action - .44 Russian
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Dyukovsky checks his revolver.
A good view of the revolver.
The grip is seen.

Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model

Police Uryadnik (NCO rank in rural police) (Yuri Leonidov) and police Strazhnik (enlisted rank in rural police) Stepan (Afanasi Kochetkov), carry holsters for Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model revolvers, correct service sidearms of Russian police at this time. Judging by the presence of lanyards, the revolvers are in holsters.

Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model - .44 Russian
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Stepan carries the revolver in holster.
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The Uryadnik carries the revolver in holster.

Double Barreled Shotgun

A Double Barreled Shotgun is seen in the apartments of magistrate Nikolai Yermolayevich Chubikov.

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The shotgun with bandolier are seen on the wall.

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