As seen through the indifferent eyes of a callous Mauser pistol, the story line tracks its chain of custody after being picked up on a French battlefield by an American GI near the body of its dead owner, a German soldier. Although he takes precautions for its safe display, the GI's young son is able to access it and show it to friends, one of whom ends up killing the family dog. Although the father disables it, the boy's mother insists it be disposed of, so he sends it to his brother for use as a souvenir paperweight. It is lost in a poker game, hocked, and bought by a gunsmith who restores its firepower. Ultimately it reaches its seventh and last owner, a gangster who uses it to rob a casino and murder a policeman. Written by
Gabe Taverney (email@example.com)
19 June 1948 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Passing Parade No. 66: Souvenirs of Death
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Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?
The plot conceit of following a gun through multiple owners would be co-opted two years later for the feature _Winchester '73 (1950)_. See more
As a war trophy, my story began in 1944 on a battlefield in northern France. The victorious Allies were marching through now, and my first owner, Herr Lt. Von Bider was facedown in the mud, a matter of complete indifference to me since my sole function is to puncture the human body. It appeared I was to have a new owner.
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