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There Was Once a Cop (Il était une fois un flic...)

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Il était une fois un flic...
DVD Cover
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Georges Lautner
Release Date 1971
Language French
Studio Gaumont International
Distributor Gaumont
Main Cast
Character Actor
Commissaire Campana Michel Constantin
Christine Mireille Darc
Bertrand Hervé Hillien
Commissaire Lucas Michael Lonsdale
Police inspector Henri Guybet

There Was Once a Cop (Il était une fois un flic...) is a 1971 French crime comedy directed by Georges Lautner. Commissioner Campana (Michel Constantin) comes from Paris to Nice to fought against dangerous drug syndicate. He wants to impersonate as Louise Lopez, brother of the murdered drug dealer. Because Lopez, living in Tunisia, none of gangsters never seen. Campana has a chance of success, however, needs a woman and a child, and so his commissaire Lucas (Michael Lonsdale) for this purpose to "assign" police aide Christine (Mireille Darc) and her son Bertrand (Hervé Hillien). In the episodic role in this film appears also Alain Delon. The reason was that at the time when the main female protagonist was his girlfriend Mireille Darc, he moviemaking the was occasionally present.

The following weapons were used in the film There Was Once a Cop (Il était une fois un flic...):


MAB Model D

Commissaire Campana (Michel Constantin) carries a MAB Model D pistol and uses it to shoot Bertrand (Hervé Hillien).

MAB Model D Type II - .32 ACP


Hitman Felice (Venantino Venantini) is armed with a M1911A1 pistol.

World War II Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP

Submachine Guns


The second hitman (Giuliano Disperati) is armed with a MP40 submachine gun.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm



Police special commandos are equipped with a MAT-49 submachine guns.

MAT-49 Submachine Gun - 9x19mm



Remington 870

Hitman Felice (Venantino Venantini) used a suppressed Remington 870 Slug Gun with scope.

Remington 870 Slug Gun - 12 Gauge

Other Weapons

Karabiner 98k/Tromblon VB Smoke Grenade Launcher

A policeman holds a smoke grenade launcher in one scene. It appears to be the weapon, released specifically for the National Police on base of Karabiner 98k rifle (another version of such weapon was based on M1917 Enfield), shortened at the level of the first sling swivel, fitted with Tromblon VB launcher and using .30-06 propellant cartridge for firing 57mm "cricket" smoke grenades. The conversion was made by MECA de Méaux company.

The described weapon in use in Paris in 1968

A policeman at the left holds a smoke grenade launcher.

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