The Spook Who Sat by the Door
The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973) was directed by Ivan Dixon, based on the novel by Sam Greenlee, and starred Lawrence Cook, Janet League, Paula Kelly, and J.A. Preston. Virtually unknown to white audiences, the film is only one of two IMFDB Blaxploitation films to be included in the National Film Registry, Shaft (1971) being the other. The first African American CIA officer, Dan Freeman (Lawrence Cook), leaves the Agency and organizes an armed rebellion against “whitey” in Chicago.
The following firearms were used in the film The Spook Who Sat by the Door:
Colt Detective Special
Dan Freeman (Lawrence Cook) and Chicago police detective Dawson (J.A. Preston) both carry the Colt Detective Special.
Colt Detective Special 1st Gen with Square Butt - .38 Special
Freeman warns Do-Daddy Dean (Paul Butler).
Dawson tries to calm the crowd.
Dawson confronts Freeman.
Dawson and Freeman struggle for the gun.
Members of the Cobras carry the M1911A1 pistol.
World War II Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP. This was an issued U.S. Army pistol with parkerized finish, thus the official designation of M1911A1.
Cobras threaten an Illinois National Guard Colonel (Stephen Ferry).
Both National Guardsmen and Cobras carry M16 Rifles.
The original M16, the first version, firing in a 20-round magazine, adopted in large numbers by the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam. This has the original 3-prong flash hider. It would later be replaced by the upgraded M16A1 - 5.56x45mm.
A sentry patrols the National Guard Armory.
A Cobra attacks the armory.
Freeman examines the haul from the armory heist.
Cobras distribute the stolen weapons.
Guardsmen are startled by someone in the street.
Guardsmen assist a drugged colonel.
Guardsmen fall in battle.
12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun
Various Cobras wield 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotguns.
Stoeger/IGA Coach imported side by side shotgun - 12 Gauge.
The Cobras seize a radio station.
Arisaka Type 2
Cobras train using a Arisaka Type 2 bolt-action rifle.
Arisaka Type 02 Paratrooper Takedown rifle - 7.7x58mm
Cobras learn how to field strip the rifle.
Detective Dawson signals a riot with a flare gun.