|QUOTE (Eagle3 @ Jan 6 2006, 04:03 PM)|
|So am I safe to assume he used one of the 21's or a Stembridge gun. I also mentioned on one of the episodes a closeup shows a rivited extractor, this of course could have been a replacement. |
I will not give up my quest until the correct answer is found.
Yes, as shown in the closeup I posted earlier one of the blank firing guns was a Colt Model of 1921. Certainly this could have been one of the two MGM Colt guns, however, the barrel has the trademark flattened fins near the front, which was a unique feature on the Stembridge guns. Many publicity stills from the 1940's, 1950's and '60's showing Thompsons, have this peculiar feature. If I am not mistaken, the publicity stills from Sahara also show this feature. I have viewed a DVD of Objective Burma, made in the 1940's and "freeze-framed" many shots showing the flattened barrel fins on these guns also. According to employees of Stembridge, this feature was unique to their guns.
Another feature common on Stembridge guns was the one-piece compensator with the wide open mouth. This compensator is seen on the pictures I posted and is consistent with the gun used in the blank firing scenes on the first three seasons of Combat. If you ever watched The Untouchables, these "open mouth" compensators were used frequently and the guns were from Stembridge. These records have already been documented by Gordon Herigstad.
During the 4th and 5th Seasons of Combat sometimes a different blank firing gun was used with a real compensator and normal size opening. The restrictor on this gun was hidden father in the compensator.
I have other shots of Vic Morrow holding this gun that show the ejector is a flat style Colt type. In another photo he is posing with a different gun that has a regular compensator and was probaly the one he carried in the non-firing scenes.
I'll post more pictures when I get time.
Here are some pictures from the sequence clearly showing the open end compensator, the flat ejector and the second gun with the regular compensator. This gun is probably a 1928A1 Savage or AO and more than likely has no firing pin in it for the shots where no firing takes place. Notice the gun in the last picture appears to have an adjustable Lyman sight, indicating it is not one of the two 1928A1 Models shown in Earl's catalogue, they have Lyman fixed "L" sights. These pictures were taken during the 4th Season of Combat.
I have a friend that regularly talks to Pierre Jalbert, who before Combat worked for years as a film editor at MGM. I'll have him ask Pierre if he remembers if the Thompsons used were from Stembridge or MGM. If he doesn't remember, then I'll have him also speak with George Fenady, who was a director in the later seasons of Combat. My friend says George is pretty sharp and remembers lots of details about the show and locations. We'll get an answer to these vexing questions for you.