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Gorilla's Waltz (La valse du gorille)

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Gorilla's Waltz
(La valse du gorille)
La valse du gorille Poster.jpg
Original French Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Bernard Borderie
Release Date 1959
Language French
Studio Les Films Raoul Ploquin
Societe Nouvelle Pathe Cinema
Telouet Films
Main Cast
Character Actor
Géo Paquet alias "The Gorilla" Roger Hanin
Colonel Berthomieu alias "The Old Man" Charles Vanel
Ted Parker alias "Ted the Hook" Jess Hahn
Otto Lohn Wolfgang Preiss
Boris Almazian Michel Thomass
Prof. Keibel Viktor Tacik
Luise Keibel Ursula Herwig
Berthier Yves Barsacq

Gorilla's Waltz (La valse du gorille) is a 1959 French spy thriller directed by Bernard Borderie, a sequel to The Mask of the Gorilla with Roger Hanin replacing Lino Ventura in the role of French secret agent Géo Paquet alias "The Gorilla". "The Gorilla" has to return from the retirement and join the spy game when French, American, British and Soviet secret services hunt for the invention of German Professor Keibel, while the West Germany plans to keep the invention for themselves.

The following weapons were used in the film Gorilla's Waltz (La valse du gorille):


Browning Hi-Power

During the operation in Dusseldorf, Hortense (Suzanne Dehelly) suggests Colonel Berthomieu (Charles Vanel) to take a Browning Hi-Power but Berthomieu refuses. Later Géo Paquet alias "The Gorilla" (Roger Hanin) takes this pistol.

Classic Commercial Browning Hi-Power (Belgian manufacture) - 9x19mm
Hortense takes the pistol from a drawer.
She suggests Berthomieu to take the pistol when the latter plans to meet Otto Lohn.
"The Gorilla" takes the pistol.
When the American agent "Ted the Hook" demonstrates his Luger to "The Gorilla", the French agent in turn shows his Hi-Power.
Both agents in standoff.
"The Gorilla" unloads the pistol as proof of his peaceful intentions.
The Hi-Power, the magazine and the ammunition on the table.

Luger P08

Luger P08 pistols are widely used throughout the movie, notably seen in hands of French agents Berthier (Yves Barsacq) and Bergere (Pierre Collet), American agent Ted Parker alias "Ted the Hook" (Jess Hahn), Soviet agent Boris Almazian (Michel Thomass), and Otto Lohn's assistant Von Rosberg (Claude Vernier). Numerous Lohn's and Almazian's agents as well as German police officers also use Lugers.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Lohn's agent pulls a Luger out of his pocket to stage an assassination attempt on Prof. Keibel during the international conference.
Bergere (at the right) gives his Luger to Berthier.
A police officer holds a Luger.
Von Rosberg takes a Luger.
Ted demonstrates his pistol to "The Gorilla".
Ted holds his pistol, confronting "The Gorilla".
A Soviet agent fires a Luger at Ted in the scene in the airport.
The grip of the same character's pistol is seen.
Lohn's agent Frantz (Lutz Gabor) aims his pistol at Ted.
Almazian fires his Luger in the final scene.

Walther P38

Several of Lohn's and Almazian's agents are armed with Walther P38 pistols.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
A guard in Lohn's secret laboratory draws his P38.
He aims the gun at "The Gorilla".
One of the Almazian's men holds a P38.

Mauser C96

One of Almazian's men holds a Mauser C96 pistol.

Mauser C96 "Pre-War Commercial" - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Almazian's men hold a Mauser C96 and a Luger P08 (at the right).
Same pistol is seen at the left.

Unidentified pistol

One more of Almazian's men holds a pistol that is seen unclear.

An unidentified pistol is seen at the far right.
Same pistol is seen at the left. It's hard to say for sure but maybe the pistol has a Beretta style open-top slide.

Submachine Guns


A number of Otto Lohn's and Almazian's agents and guards in the secret laboratory are armed with MP40 submachine guns. When "The Gorilla" (Roger Hanin) comes to resque Berthomieu, he disarms a guard, takes his MP40 and then gives it to Berthomieu (Charles Vanel) who in turn passes the gun to Berthier (Yves Barsacq).

MP40 - 9x19mm
Lohn's agent holds an MP40, secretly controlling the approaches to Prof. Keibel's house from the window of the building opposite.
Frantz's (Lutz Gabor) MP40 lies on the windowsill.
A West German police officer fires at Bergere's car who tries to break through the police roadblock.
"The Gorilla" disarms a guard.
He holds the captured MP40.
The MP40 in hands of Berthomieu.
Lohn's agents with MP40s waylay "The Gorilla".
Berthier holds the MP40 at the far right.
One of Almazian's men holds an MP40.


Mauser 98 Sporter in Mannlicher-Schoenauer Carbine Stock

In the final scene the high rank agent of the West German secret service Otto Lohn (Wolfgang Preiss) holds a Mauser 98 Sporter rifle in a Mannlicher-Schoenauer carbine stock, fitted with a sniper scope.

For reference: German-style Mauser 98 Sporter Model B - 7.92x57mm Mauser. The screen gun has same bolt and bolt handle.
For reference: Mannlicher-Schoenauer Carbine with Scope. Note the difference of the bolt of this sample and the screen gun.
Lohn inspects the rifle.
A close-up of the bolt and the sniper scope.
Lohn looks from the window. The flat "butterknife" bolt handle is seen.
Lohn aims at "The Gorilla".
The rifle is clearly visible. The position of the bolt handle allows to differ this gun from a Mannlicher-Schoenauer.
A view from the muzzle.

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