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Speaking of Murder (Le rouge est mis)

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Speaking of Murder
(Le rouge est mis)
Le rouge est mis Poster.jpg
Original French Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Gilles Grangier
Release Date 1957
Language French
Studio TF1 Films Production
Uranium Films
Main Cast
Character Actor
Louis Bertain Jean Gabin
Pierre Bertain Marcel Bozzuffi
Fredo Paul Frankeur
Pepito "The Gypsy" Lino Ventura
Raymond "The Sailor" Jean Bérard
Inspector Pluvier Albert Dinan
Hélène Annie Girardot

Speaking of Murder (original title Le rouge est mis ("The red light is on")) is a 1957 French crime drama directed by Gilles Grangier, based on the novel by Auguste Le Breton and starring Jean Gabin as Louis Bertain, the leader of a crime gang.

The following weapons were used in the film Speaking of Murder (Le rouge est mis):


Colt Official Police

A long-barreled Colt-style revolver is used by Raymond "The Sailor" (Jean Bérard), a member of Louis' gang, in several scenes. It looks most likely Colt Official Police.

Colt Official Police. 6" Barrel. 32-20 WCF. Manufactured 1929
Raymond (at the right) holds his revolver in the opening scene.
Raymond draws his revolver during the robbery of the armoured car.
A closer view of the revolver. It seems to have a short unsupported ejector rod which is typical for Colts.
Raymond fires at pursuing motorcyclists.

Smith & Wesson Military & Police

In the final scene Pepito "The Gypsy" (Lino Ventura), another member of Louis' gang, uses a revolver that appears to be a Smith & Wesson Military & Police.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver with 5" Barrel - .38 Special
Pepito draws his revolver.

Unidentified revolver

In one scene Fredo (Paul Frankeur), another member of Louis' gang, draws a revolver.

Fredo draws his revolver.
A closer view of the revolver.
Fredo's revolver is seen on the table next to him.


Walther P38

In one scene Louis Bertain (Jean Gabin) is seen with a Walther P38.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Louis draws a P38 when somebody rings his door in the night.

FN Model 1922

During the arrest of Louis Bertran police detectives are armed with FN Model 1922 pistols.

FN Model 1922 - .32 ACP
Inspector Pluvier (Albert Dinan) aims his pistol at Louis.
Another detective pistol-whips Louis.

Unique Rr 51

In the final scene Louis Bertain (Jean Gabin) uses a pistol that appears to be a Unique Rr 51.

Unique Rr 51 - .32 ACP
Louis fires his pistol.
The pistol is seen on the floor.


Two M1911A1 pistols are seen in Louis' weapon cache among with other firearms. They aren't seen in action.

Pre-War Colt M1911A1 Pistol - Commercial Model known as the "Colt Government Model" - .45 ACP. This has a deep Colt factory blued finish, common for commercial variants before and after the war.
Two M1911s are seen together with a Luger P08, an MP40 and an M1A1 Thompson.

Luger P08

A Luger P08 pistol is seen in Louis' weapon cache among with other firearms. It isn't seen in action.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
A Luger is seen together with other firearms.

Savage 1907

During the robbery of the armoured car a guard draws his pistol but has no time to shoot. The pistol is seen through the windshield and hardly can be identified. Its general shape allows to identify it as a Savage 1907. This pistol was used by French army during the Great War and so could be seen in France even in 1950s.

Savage 1907 - .32 ACP
A guard in car draws his pistol.

Submachine Guns


Pepito "The Gypsy" (Lino Ventura) uses an MP40 during the heist in the opening scene.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
Pepito threatens the cash transporters with his MP40.
After the heist Pepito hides his MP40 in a cache with firearms. One more MP40 is seen in the cache.

M1A1 Thompson

During the robbery of the armoured car Pepito (Lino Ventura) is armed with an M1A1 Thompson.

M1A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
A Thompson is seen in Louis' weapon cache among with other firearms.
Pepito fires at the armoured car.
He reloads his Thompson.
Pepito fires his Tommy gun during the scene on the farm.

Other Weapons

Long Guns

Several long guns are seen in a gun rack in a police station.

Two long rifles are seen at the left, and three smaller guns next to them. The two smaller guns at the right might be MAT-49s with folded magazines.

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