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Hell on Frisco Bay

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Hell on Frisco Bay
Hell on Frisco Bay Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Frank Tuttle
Release Date 1955
Studio Jaguar Productions
Distributor Warner Bros
Main Cast
Character Actor
Steve Rollins Alan Ladd
Victor Amato Edward G. Robinson
Marcia Rollins Joanne Dru
Dan Bianco William Demarest
Joe Lye Paul Stewart
Mario Amato Perry Lopez
Kay Stanley Fay Wray
Anna Amato Renata Vanni

Hell on Frisco Bay is an American 1955 film noir directed by Frank Tuttle and stars Alan Ladd as Steve Rollins, a former police officer who was unjustly convicted of manslaughter and returns to San Francisco after five years in prison. Now he makes his own investigation of the case in order to find who framed him.

The following weapons were used in the film Hell on Frisco Bay:


Colt Detective Special

Joe Lye (Paul Stewart), henchman of mob boss Victor Amato, uses a Colt Detective Special. During Steve Rollins' (Alan Ladd) confrontation with Amato, the former cop disarms Joe from his revolver and then hands it to his friend Detective Dan Bianco (William Demarest).

Colt Detective Special 1st Gen with Square Butt - .38 Special
Joe raises his revolver on Steve Rollins when the latter confronts Amato.
A good view of Joe's revolver.
Steve holds Joe's Colt.
Dan Bianco examines the revolver, received from Steve.
Joe holds Amato at gunpoint after he finds out that his boss sent a hitman for Joe's head.
Another view of the same scene.
Steve Rollins holds the Colt Detective Special on a promotional image.

Smith & Wesson .44 Hand Ejector 2nd Model

Hammy (Stanley Adams), another Amato's henchman, uses a large frame Smith & Wesson revolver, most likely a .44 Hand Ejector 2nd Model revolver when he waylays Steve Rollins.

Smith & Wesson .44 Hand Ejector 2nd Model. Military.
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Hammy fires at Rollins from the car.
Hammy is shot by Dan Bianco.

Smith & Wesson Military & Police

When Hammy fires at Steve Rollins, Dan Bianco (William Demarest) fires back at Hammy and mortally wounds him. His revolver is seen only partially; Smith & Wesson Military & Police seems to be best guess.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver with 5" Barrel - .38 Special
Hell on Frisco Bay-Revolver-1.jpg
Bianco fires at Hammy.

Unidentified revolver

Steve Rollins holds a full-size revolver of unclear model on a promotional image. He doesn't use such gun in the film.

Hell on Frisco Bay-Revolver-A.jpg



Victor Amato (Edward G. Robinson) uses an M1911 in several scenes. Original movie poster show Steve Rollins holdind an M1911 but this character doesn't use this gun in the film.

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
Hell on Frisco Bay-M1911-1.jpg
Amato readies his pistol when he leaves the office.
A close view of the pistol.
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Amato takes the gun. Note the flat mainspring housing on the grip that allows to differ the pistol from M1911A1.
Amato fires at Joe Lye who tried to stop his treacherous boss.

Unidentified M1911-style pistol

When Amato leaves the office, his pistol switches to a different version of M1911 family. This pistol has different rear sights, larger ejection port (like M1911A1) and deep blue finish. Possibly it's an M1911A1 but it's hard to say for sure.

Amato takes Steve Rollins' wife Marcia (Joanne Dru) as hostage.
Hell on Frisco Bay-M1911-8.jpg
A close view of Amato's pistol. Note the different rear sights and larger ejection port.
Another view of the same scene.
Amato makes a single shot at Steve...
...and his pisol runs dry.

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