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The Dark Past

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The Dark Past
The Dark Past (1948)
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Rudolph Maté
Release Date 1948
Studio Columbia Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Al Walker William Holden
Betty Nina Foch
Dr. Andrew Collins Lee J. Cobb
Laura Stevens Adele Jurgens
Owen Talbot Stephen Dunne
Ruth Collins Lois Maxwell

The Dark Past is a 1948 psychological noir thriller adapted from the Broadway play Blind Alley and considered a remake of the 1939 Columbia Pictures film of the same name which starred Chester Morris, Ralph Bellamy, and Ann Dvorak in the roles that would be played by William Holden, Lee J. Cobb, and Nina Foch. The Dark Past also provided an early role for Lois Maxwell, later to be famous as Miss Moneypenny in the first 14 James Bond movies.

The following weapons were used in the film The Dark Past:


Smith & Wesson Military & Police (2" Barrel)

Fugitive killer Al Walker (William Holden) carries a snub-nosed Smith & Wesson Military & Police revolver, the precursor to the Smith & Wesson Model 10. Walker keeps his 2"-barreled revolver in a shoulder holster.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 snub nose revolver - .38 Special. Early Model
Betty and Al draw their sidearms inside the Collins home.
The distinctive hard black rubber Smith & Wesson grips stick out of Al's shoulder holster.
Al draws his Smith & Wesson revolver.
Al hides with his revolver in hand.

Mauser 1934

Betty (Nina Foch), Al's gun moll, carries a Mauser 1934 pocket pistol.

1934 Mauser Pocket Pistol - 7.65x17mmSR (.32 ACP)
Betty rounds up the Collins houseguests and staff.
Betty and Al draw their sidearms inside the Collins home.

Colt Detective Special

Al's two henchmen, Mike (Berry Kroeger) and Pete (Robert Osterioh), carry first-generation Colt Detective Special snub-nose revolvers. Frank Stevens (Wilton Graff) takes Mike's Detective Special away from him after attacking him with a fireplace poker.

Colt Detective Special 1st Gen with Round Butt - .38 Special
Pete holds his Detective Special on the Collins houseguests and staff.
Mike draws his Detective Special after handing off his Winchester Model 1907 rifle to Al.
Frank picks up Mike's dropped Detective Special.

Colt Official Police

Al recalls a painful memory from his youth where his father had carried a Colt Official Police revolver that a young Al had picked up off the ground.

Colt Official Police - 4" Barrel - .38 Special
Al's father fires his Official Police at the police.
Al's father drops his Official Police.
A young Al reaches for his father's Official Police.

Smith & Wesson Military & Police (5" Barrel)

The state troopers that descend on the Collins household carry Smith & Wesson Military & Police service revolvers with 5" barrels.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver with 5" Barrel - .38 Special
Two troopers hold their Smith & Wesson revolvers on Al Walker.


Winchester Model 53

Dr. Andrew Collins (Lee J. Cobb) owns a lever-action hunting rifle that appears to be a Winchester Model 53, which he lends to his colleague Professor Fred Linder (Steven Geray). After Professor Linder brings it back to the Collins home, Al Walker (William Holden) briefly handles it as well.

Winchester Model 53
Dr. Collins hands his rifle to Professor Linder.
Bill (Phil Tully), a state policeman, pulls Dr. Collins' rifle out of Professor Linder's back seat. Admittedly, it was relatively irresponsible for Professor Linder to transport the loaded rifle uncased and uncovered in the back seat of his open-top convertible.
Professor Linder attempts a ruse with the rifle after spotting Al Walker's hiding place.
Al Walker demonstrates with the rifle.

Winchester Model 1907

As in Blind Alley, the primary rifle handled by the criminals is a Winchester Model 1907 semi-automatic rifle with a five-round magazine. Mike (Berry Kroeger) handles the weapon for most of the movie, eventually tossing it to Al Walker (William Holden) to use for the final scene though both Dr. Collins (Lee J. Cobb) and Betty (Nina Foch) handle it as well.

Winchester Model 1907 with 5-round magazine - .351 Winchester
Mike holds his Winchester Model 1907 on his room full of captives.
Mike threatens the Stevens couple.
The barrel of Mike's Winchester is seen as he listens to a radio report on Al Walker's escape.
Mike looks out the bedroom door, Winchester Model 1907 in hand.
Al takes command of the Winchester Model 1907.
Betty briefly holds the Winchester Model 1907 while Al prepares for battle.
Al aims Mike's Winchester Model 1907 rifle.


Winchester Model 1897 "Trench Gun"

Several state policemen that surround the Collins home have Winchester Model 1897 "Trench Gun" pump-action shotguns.

Winchester Model 1897 "Trench Gun" - 12 gauge.
A shotgun-armed policeman takes his position outside the Collins home.

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