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The Good and the Bad (Le bon et les méchants)

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The Good and the Bad
(Le bon et les méchants)
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Original Theatrical Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Claude Lelouch
Release Date 1976
Language French
Studio Les Films 13
Main Cast
Character Actor
Jacques Jacques Dutronc
Simon Jacques Villeret
Lola Marlène Jobert
Inspector Bruno Deschamps Bruno Cremer
Dominique Deschamps nee Blanchot Brigitte Fossey
Henri Lafont Jean-Pierre Kalfon
Commissioner Blanchot Alain Mottet
The Resistance leader Serge Reggiani

The Good and the Bad (Le bon et les méchants) is a 1976 (filmed 1975) French crime movie directed by Claude Lelouch. In 1930s Jacques (Jacques Dutronc), Simon (Jacques Villeret) and Lola (Marlène Jobert) form a gang that commits several successfull robberies. All attempts of police inspector Bruno Deschamps (Bruno Cremer) to catch the criminals are in vain. When the WWII breaks out, and France is under occupation, the trio continues their criminal activities. Meanwhile Deschamps becomes a hight rank official in the police of the Vichy regime and collaborates with Gestapo. When Lola is arrested and tortured by Deschamps' men, Jacques decides to side with the Resistance.

Note: the movie is intentionally filmed in sepiatone, perhaps in order to give the impression of 1930s-1940s documentary.

The following weapons were used in the film The Good and the Bad (Le bon et les méchants):



M1911A1 pistols are used by the crime trio - Jacques (Jacques Dutronc), Simon (Jacques Villeret) and Lola (Marlène Jobert).

Pre-War Colt M1911A1 - 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.
Simon holds the pistol when the gang prepares for their first robbery.
He gives the pistol to Jacques and takes another Colt.
Jacques holds his pistol when the gang retreats.
Lola trains in the using of the pistol for the robberies.
Lola, on the rear seat of the car, holds the pistol.
Jacques, disguised as the stationmaster, holds his pistol during the robbery of the German train in the scene, set in 1941 or 1942. The hammer spur seems to be more massive than on common 1911 pistols, but all other features are standard.
Another view of Jacques' pistol in the same scene.
Simon holds one of the pistols, used by the gang, while another one is seen on the table.

Unidentified pistols

In a scene, set in 1935, inspector Bruno Deschamps (Bruno Cremer) holds a pistol when he arrests an unnamed criminal who also is armed with a pistol.

A criminal fires at a police detective.
Deschamps fires at the criminal.
Another view of Deschamps' pistol.

When Bruno Deschamps is suspected by German authorities to be a double agent, the German general (Georg Marischka) hands him a pistol with a single cartridge. This is a compact gun with a visible hammer spur. This pistol bears resemblance with the gun that Deschamps uses in 1935 scene, and may be the same prop reused.

The General draws the pistol from the drawer.
The hammer spur is seen.
The pistol on the table. In the next moment Deschamps takes the gun but in his hands it is out of the frame.

Two unidentified pistols are briefly seen on the base of the Resistance.

A pistol is seen on the table together with an F1 hand grenade.
Same pistol (at the right) and another one (at the left) are seen in another scene.
Another view of the pistol at the left. This is a hammerless gun that bears resemblance with FN Model 1903 or Colt Model 1903/1908.

Submachine Guns


Some German soldiers, especially Feldgendarmerie (military police), are armed with MP40 submachine guns. Two unnamed members of Jacques' gang (Michel Fortin and Jean Luisi), disguised as German soldiers, use MP40s during the robbery of the German train that transports precious paintings from Paris.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A Feldgendarmerie with MP40 on the road block on the demarcation line.
Soldiers with MP40s guard the train.
A gang member in disguise of an SS-man holds a railway worker at gunpoint.
Same or another gang member carries an MP40.
Soldiers with MP40s and Karabiner 98k rifles break in the church in the French village, taking hostages as a reprisal for the attack on the train.
An MP40 is seen at the right.
An MP40 is seen on the base of the Resistance.


In the scene in the gang's hideout after the robbery of the train, two submachine guns on the table are MP38s, not MP40s that were used during the robbery.

MP38 - 9x19mm
Two MP38s are seen on the table.

Thompson M1A1

A Thompson M1A1 submachine gun is seen on the base of the Resistance.

M1A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
A Thompson M1A1 and several Karabiner 98k rifles are seen at the background.


Karabiner 98k

Many German soldiers carry Karabiner 98k rifles. French gendarmes and Resistance fighters are also armed with 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser. Manufactured in Germany, 1937.
French gendarmes on the demarcation line carry 98k rifles. The correct weapon for the troops and law enforcement of the Vichy regime would be Lebel and Berthier rifles, sometimes MAS-36, but they were never armed with German weapons.
A German soldier at the background carries a 98k with simplified barrel bands.
A German guard on the railway station carries a 98k rifle.
German soldiers break in the church in a French village.
Soldiers escort arrested villagers. The rifle at the right has standard barrel bands, while the rifle at the left - simplified ones.
A Thompson M1A1 SMG and several 98k rifles are seen at the background on the base of the Resistance.
A Resistance fighter at the left (Richard Berry) holds a 98k.
A Resistance fighter at the right holds a 98k.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

A German soldier in the night scene on the railway station holds a full-length rifle. Judging by the shape of the rear sight, it may be identified as a Mauser Gewehr 1898.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A soldier at the right holds a full-length rifle. The groove on the stock and the Lange-Visier sight can be seen.
Another view of the rifle.

Machine Guns

MG 34

MG 34 machine guns are used by German soldiers in several scenes.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG 34 on a road block.
Four MG 34 are seen near the prison where arrested French villagers are held.

Other Weapons

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

One of the members of Jacques' gang throws an Model 24 Stielhandgranate grenade at the railway flatcar with guards during the robbery of the train.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" stick grenade with fragmentation sleeve
The grenade is seen in the midair.

F1 Hand Grenade

An F1 hand grenade is seen on the table of the leader of the Resistance group.

F1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade with Mle1935 fuse.
An F1 grenade is seen on the table.

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