Paul Newman's Car & Auto pistol in Road to Perdition

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  1. Ghostsoldier

    Ghostsoldier Call Me a Cab

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    Anyone know what type of automatic pistol it is that Mike Sullivan uses in this movie?
    Is it a Browning Hi-Power, or a Colt 1911?
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  2. SamMarlowPI

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    1911...

    if i remember correctly he cocks the hammer or racks the slide a couple of times throughout...you would think an experienced hitter like Sullivan would carry C&L but that's hollywood for ya'...

    still bugs the hell outta me...
     
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    Thanks, Sam...the reason I asked is because the slide looks a little tapered in a few shots, like a Browning...but, I can never get a clear screencap of it...I know Connor's auto (in the wife/kid murder scene) is a 1911; there's a good closeup of it in that part of the film...
    Rob
     
  4. Ghostsoldier

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    Bingo! Production still....:)
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  5. Maj.Nick Danger

    Maj.Nick Danger I'll Lock Up

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    But what kind of hat is that he's wearing? I like it.
     
  6. SamMarlowPI

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    welcome...i like his coat...
     
  7. vintage68

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    Yeah, the pistol is a Colt 1911.

    You can find the hat he's wearing by doing a search on this site. Someone started a post about the hat and the hat maker a while back. He might be a vendor here.
     
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    A 1911 style, but could be any of three pistols.

    Well, seven actually, if you consider manufacturers and design refinements, would have been possibilities for Mike Sullivan to carry.

    It could be a Model of 1911 US Army (Made by Colt's, Springfield Armory or Remington UMC), a Model of 1911 US Navy (Colt's manufacture) or a Colt's Government Model, which was the commercial version of the military 1911 pistols.

    Since the movie takes place in the '30s, there is also the slim possibility of a post-1924 manufactured Colt's Model of 1911 US Army (one of the 10,000 so called "Transitional Models") or, more likely, a Government Model with the corresponding changes (short trigger, arched mainspring housing and finger clearance cuts in the frame), so that actually makes seven. The gun Connor uses has the frame cuts of the post 1924 pistols.

    Very hard to tell from screen grabs what is actually used on screen. I looked at the DVD but can't make out how the writing on the slide is configured on the Sulivan pistol, but it is a 1911 style pistol.
     
  9. J.J. Gittes

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    Paul Newman's Car In Road To Perdition

    Does anyone know the make of Paul Newman's car in Road To Perdition? Its the one in the scene where Newman and his thugs are coming out of the meeting and its raining.
    Here's a picture for now. I'm going to try and get some screen shots soon.
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    Pierce-Arrow

    It's a Pierce-Arrow, a 1931 model, I believe. The tip is the way the headlights are mounted on the fenders, a characteristic of Pierce-Arrows of the time.
     
  11. J.J. Gittes

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    Thanks Up196! Its the way the headlights are mounted that always threw me off. lol
     
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  13. With a 1911, C&L is your only safe option aside from empty-chamber. Rebuttal to others: "You want dangerous? Try cocked and unlocked, with a tied-down grip-safety like some oldtime Texas Rangers."

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  14. SamMarlowPI

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    that is why i'm annoyed a hitter like Sullivan didn't carry C&L...

    hollywood...whatdya gonna do...
     
  15. Ghostsoldier

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    Thanks, guys, for the info...I've always wondered if Craig's pistol was the same prop used by Hanks...

    [​IMG]

    Hey J.J....that's my favorite scene in the movie...where did you get the image of that awesome painting?

    Speaking of cars...is Hank's car a '31 Buick?

    Rob
     
  16. SamMarlowPI

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    the finish on sullivans looks lighter than craigs but it's probably the lighting...
     
  17. J.J. Gittes

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    Ghostsoldier, I found it on google under Road to Perdition Newman Car, 3rd page. I'm pretty sure Hanks is a '30 Buick.
     
  18. Ghostsoldier

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    Thanks, J.J.!:D
    Rob
     
  19. Norumbega

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    Hmmmm, hold on not so fast boys. That looks more like .45 Palmolive-Gold similar to the one Dillinger carved to break out. :D
     

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