The best 1927 Thompson movie scene

Miller’s Crossing has one of the best choreographed Thompson submachine gun scenes. I just have still photos of the 1927-A1 semi-auto carbine with a 100-round “pizza platter” drum.

“Flash mob coming, you say? I should have enough for everybody.”

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7 Responses to The best 1927 Thompson movie scene

  1. Erin Palette says:

    Oh, Hollywood. You so crazy.

  2. Timmeehh says:

    My father carried a M1928 in the army. He wouldn’t touch a drum mag, too unreliable. Even his stick mags were only loaded to 20 rounds, as he found that more than that and they tended to jam. Of course in the British army, ammo was in short supply, so firing was done mostly on semi, so 20 was plenty. The Thompson also required lots of maintenance, filing internal parts etc. So bursts as long as this one are just Hollywood fantasy.

    • Y. says:

      In the scene… the drum isn’t big enough, but Thompson can fire off a whole magazine at once.

      Seen a video of it on youtube at least, and I really doubt any army would’ve adopted an SMG incapable of shooting reliably.

  3. HerrBGone says:

    Looks like Bela Okmyx’s boys got their fancy heaters after all…

  4. Windy Wilson says:

    β€œFlash mob coming, you say? I should have enough for everybody.”
    It would, of course, be impolite to not share with so many people coming unexpectedly. And they should, of course, receive as gracefully as they wish to give.

    Actually I think the best M1927 scene in the movies was the one in “The Devil’s Brigade” where they take the entire village, surprising the German commander at his breakfast, without firing a shot, but then, I’m strange.

  5. Y. says:

    The background is inappropriate… it’s obviously some castle courtyard in Europe, judging from the walls and tiles..

    Miller’s Crossing has an even more important message about use of firearms:


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