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#41 Arthur Fliegenheimer

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Posted 16 January 2004 - 09:39 AM

AZDoug,
Earl had an addendum page in his 1971 catalog stating that the MGM guns were all sold. By 1973, Earl was busy engaging in much subterfuge, such as his Guns & Ammo article.

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#42 gijive

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Posted 16 January 2004 - 10:36 AM

Arthur,

Since you seem pretty knowledgeable about the late J. Curtis Earl and his marketing schemes, what is your take on his catalogue describing the different types of compensators? I used to have that catalogue, but unfortunately discarded it sometime in the seventies. Didn't he fabricate some unusual compensator and claim it was the first type used on the Colt guns? I don't recall all the details, but I'm sure you may know what I'm referring to.
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Posted 16 January 2004 - 12:28 PM

Gi, I know what your talking about! WOW, I haven't heard anybody speak about that in years! Indeed, J. Curtis Earl did cause some confusion in relation to the various Compensators, and their years of production. However, I also recall a dealer back east that was further messing the issue up on the different models of Comps. That brings back a lot of memories..No, I don't know whether Earl made up an unusual one or not.
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#44 Arthur Fliegenheimer

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Posted 16 January 2004 - 12:36 PM

What Earl did was to make 1st pattern unmarked Cutts compensators and not care if the world confused them for original Colt ones. The confusion about how many models of Cutts compensators were made for Colt TSMGs may stem from Cox's catalog where he apparantly includes the sight fitted to all the 1921 guns as the first type compensator. He also does not account for the third pattern Cutts with bullet trademark over Cutts diamond on top of the compensator.
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Posted 16 January 2004 - 12:42 PM

Arthur, I wasn't aware that Earl produced fake Compensators, but there was a humour back in the 70's, of someone other than Earl making bogus 1st Model Comps. Can't seem to remember all of the details.
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Posted 17 January 2004 - 12:58 AM

Two other movies which I think deserve to be tied for second place are U-571(2000), with Mathew McConaughey, Bill Paxton and Harvey Keitel, and The Untouchables (1987), with Kevin Costner, Robert DeNiro, and Sean Connery. smile.gif biggrin.gif tongue.gif cool.gif Happy viewing, Walter
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Posted 17 January 2004 - 03:35 AM

Regarding those supposedly 1st model comps; they were crude boxy looking things, not at all what you would call 1st pattern unmarked Cutts.
But when I first looked at Earl's catalog back in the early 70's I sure didn't know they were frauds. It wasn't until I got and read Roger Cox's book that I learned the rest of the story, at least as far as Roger knew, anyway, I guess.

Back to the movies, one of my favorite Tommygun films is...Home Alone 1 and 2. "Take THAT ya filthy animal."

No, seriously, I just thought of that one. I like "Objective Burma" with Errol Flynn, if only because it was produced by Warner Brothers.
And THEY had the BEST sounding sound effects for their guns. Very sexy.
I have always noticed that each movie studio, MGM, Warner Bros. RKO,
20th Century,etc. used their own distinctive sounding gun shots in their movies. And you can tell one from another if you watch and compare them. Sounds crazy, maybe, but it's easy to hear the difference.
Am I the only one who's ever thought about this??

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Posted 17 January 2004 - 07:52 AM

QUOTE (Charlie @ Jan 17 2004, 03:35 AM)

I have always noticed that each movie studio, MGM, Warner Bros. RKO,
20th Century,etc. used their own distinctive sounding gun shots in their movies.  And you can tell one from another if you watch and compare them.  Sounds crazy, maybe, but it's easy to hear the difference.
Am I the only one who's ever thought about this??


Charlie,

I am a big WWII buff and I guess I'm as crazy as you are. I've noticed the different gun shot sound effects varied from studio to studio. In some cases the same "patterns" of sound effects can be heard in movies over the years.

One such example is the old televsion show Combat! The post-production sound work was done at MGM Studios, although the show was a joint production by Selmur Corp. and ABC, much of the filming and technical work was preformed at MGM. The distinctive sounds of the various weapons and ricochet effects can be heard in several MGM film productions prior to and subsequent to Combat! One that come to mind is "The Bridge at Remagen."

You are not the only obsessed sound effects junkie.
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#49 Arthur Fliegenheimer

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Posted 17 January 2004 - 10:34 AM

Perhaps the most distinctive/unusual sound effects for a movie Thompson is "Merrill's Marauders" with Jeff Chandler. The rapport sounds as if they recorded what a blank would sound like. They didn't goose the sound effects like they usually do.
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Posted 17 January 2004 - 07:32 PM

some thompsons sound like a 30 cal belt feed in some movies,

man are you guys forgetting: "bataan"take that you dirty rotten rat's"

tracy in the early days printed in the newsletter alot of thompson movies..........

not all of them but i am sure at least 100

its just hard to find one showing them putting one together,however the untouchable series:1960 forward,

had a good one.based on the "scaramuzzo thompson's.

anyhow i like them all.............take care,ron
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