No Orchids for Miss Blandish
No Orchids for Miss Blandish is a 1948 British crime drama based on James Hadley Chase's popular 1939 novel of the same name. This adaptation was written, produced, and directed by St. John Legh Cloews with the setting moved from Depression-era Missouri to contemporary New York City. The film was poorly received at the time of its release, and was renamed Black Dice for its United States re-release. The source material was more faithfully adapted in 1971 as Robert Aldrich's The Grissom Gang, with the surname Grisson changed to Grissom.
The following weapons were used in the film No Orchids for Miss Blandish:
Colt Police Positive
FN Model 1900
Most of the gangsters in the film carry FN Model 1900 pistols in their coat pockets, notably "Slim" Grisson (Jack La Rue), Eddie Schultz (Walter Crisham), and Ted Bailey (Leslie Bailey). "Doc" (MacDonald Parke) takes Bailey's FN M1900 from him at Barney's place. Dave Fenner (Hugh McDermott) also carries an M1900 with pearl grips. Fenner was a private detective in the original novel, explaining why he would own a pistol, but this adaptation clearly re-imagines him as a "newspaperman" even though the gun-carrying, police-accompanying Fenner still acts far more like a noir P.I.
Thompson M1921 (Mockup)
"Slim" Grisson (Jack La Rue) and Flyn (Danny Green) each carry a mocked-up prop gun designed to resemble a Thompson M1921A submachine gun. A New York State Trooper is seen firing the same mockup at the Grisson gang toward the end.
Colt Pocket Positive
Webley British Bulldog
Iver Johnson Revolver
"Slim" Grisson (Jack La Rue) carries a blued Iver Johnson snub-nosed break-top revolver as a backup weapon, briefly handing it off to Miss Blandish (Linden Travers) when he expects trouble. It is with this revolver that the film defies the Hays Code that was in place in the United States (as this was a British production) by clearly showing Slim fire the revolver and hitting its victim all in the same shot.
Smith & Wesson Model 10 (M&P)
New York State Police Captain Brennan (Jack Lester) and his officers carry Smith & Wesson Model 10 - then known as the "Military & Police Model" - revolvers in their holsters. A publicity photo also shows Jack La Rue aiming one as "Slim" Grisson, likely the same revolver used by Jack Lester in the same scene.