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A Bullet for Pretty Boy
A Bullet for Pretty Boy is a 1970 gangster film starring Fabian Forte in a very fictionalized and simplified retelling of the life and crimes of Depression-era outlaw Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd. Directed by Larry Buchanan and an uncredited Maury Dexter, this was one of a wave of low-budget 1930s-set crime films released by American International Pictures in the wake of Bonnie and Clyde (1967).
The following weapons were used in the film A Bullet for Pretty Boy:
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
Colt Detective Special (1st Generation)
FBI agent Otto Hossler (Robert Glenn), the film's version of Melvin Purvis, carries a blued Colt Detective Special in a shoulder holster.
Colt Police Positive
Many police officers and deputies carry nickel Colt Police Positive revolvers with long barrels, including the two escorting Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd (Fabian Forte) on the prison train. Floyd overpowers the deputies and takes one of their Police Positive revolvers, using it in many subsequent scenes. Wallace Ash (Jeff Alexander) also carries a long-barreled nickel Police Positive when attempting to double-cross Floyd.
The federal agent who accompanies Hossler for much of the film carries an M1911A1 pistol.
Smith & Wesson .44 Hand Ejector, 1st Model "Triple Lock"
Sheriff Taylor (Troy Hoskins), the rural lawman who encounters a sleeping Floyd and "Preacher", draws a nickel revolver with a shrouded ejector rod that appears to be a Smith & Wesson .44 Hand Ejector, 1st Model "Triple Lock". In real life, this lawman was Wellsville, Ohio, police chief John H. Fultz, who was carrying a .32-caliber revolver for the capture of Adam Richetti on October 20, 1934.
Smith & Wesson Model 10 Snubnose
Bank robber Ned Short (Michael Haynes) carries a blued Smith & Wesson Model 10 Snubnose revolver with a 2" barrel in his shoulder holster. William Ash (Gene Ross) also carries a snub-nosed Model 10 when he and his brother Wallace attempt to double-cross Floyd.
The Thompson M1921AC submachine gun is the ostensible star of A Bullet for Pretty Boy, as Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd (Fabian Forte) uses it as his primary weapon—even more than any handgun—over the course of the film, though Forte often holds it with his front hand on the box magazine rather than the foregrip and even holds it sideways during a few bank robberies. Floyd even carries and fires the Thompson during his "last stand", though the real Floyd carried two .45-caliber Colt Government pistols when he was cornered and killed on October 22, 1934. In A Bullet for Pretty Boy, the Thompson is primarily fielded by criminals, including bank robbers Bo Samuels (Eddie Lo Rosso), Harvey (Desmond Dhooge), Ned Short (Michael Haynes), and "Preacher" (Adam Rourke).
Winchester Model 1892
Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd (Fabian Forte) grabs his family's Winchester Model 1892 rifle when he sets out to even the score with his father's killer, but his family talks him out of taking the gun so he tosses it to his brother before setting out to see Jack. Many rural lawmen also carry Winchesters, and "Preacher" (Adam Rourke) grabs one just before he is killed.
Winchester Model 1894
Prison guards are armed with Winchester Model 1894 rifles with plated receivers while overseeing Floyd and his fellow prisoners at the work camp.
Jack Dowler (Hugh Feagin) one of Ruby's old suitors, shoots Floyd's father with a bolt-action rifle after a fight at Floyd and Ruby's wedding. Floyd is jailed when he goes to confront Jack and accidentally kills him, the film's way of both simplifying the early years of Floyd's life—combining his 1925 marriage and first arrest and the 1929 murder of his father,—and providing a more "acceptable" explanation for his life of crime. In fact, Floyd's father was well alive when Floyd was arrested in September 1925 for holding up a Kroger grocery store. Floyd's father was killed in an Oklahoma feud with neighbor Jim Mills in late 1929, and it's rumored that Floyd had a hand in the retributive killing of Mills, but that certainly wasn't what sent him to jail or set him on the path to a life of crime.
Unidentified Pump-Action Shotgun
Many rural lawmen carry pump-action shotguns that appear to be either a J.C. Higgins Model 20 or a Winchester Model 120 with a ventilated rib and a Cutts compensator.