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  • Trivia: In the movie, "From Here To Eternity," Burt Lancaster uses two different weapons to shoot at Japanese planes from the ro

    Trivia: In the movie, "From Here To Eternity," Burt Lancaster uses two different weapons to shoot at Japanese planes from the rooftop during the attack on Pearl Harbor. What were they? Guesses are welcome.

  • #2
    Pretty sure it's a BAR followed by a belt feed machine gun probably another Browning.

    As extra credit what weapon did he use to kill Ernest Borgnin in the alley outside the bar?

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    • #3
      That was Montgomery Clift that killed Ernest Borgnine, and he used a switchblade knife that he had picked up from the barroom floor after a previous encounter between Borgnine and Burt Lancaster.
      What weapon did Burt Lancaster have in that encounter?

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      • #4
        Yes 99 you are correct, memory fails. Lancaster had a broken beer bottle I think.

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        • #5
          Carl - Right on.
          And what was Burt Lancaster's rank in the Army?

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          • #6
            Master Sargent...just a guess.

            EXTRA credit: What was Ernest Borgnin's...Slang Name in that Movie?

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            • #7
              Fatso.
              Burt Lancaster was the company first sergeant. But that was a title and not a rank. He was one grade below Master Sergeant.
              Most people don't notice, but his stripes were "three up and TWO down" with a diamond in the center. So what was his rank?

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              • #8
                Pre WW II Grades made him First Sargent. 3 Roofs and 2 rockers with a Diamond.

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                • #9
                  Ya'll done answered everything right before I got here!

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                  • #10
                    Treestand - You got that right. Prior to WWII, three up and two down with a diamond in the middle was a First Sergeant, Salary Grade Two. But three up and two down with no diamond was a Technical Sergeant, later changed to Sergeant First Class, also Grade Two.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks 99E

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                      • #12
                        Carl - You are right about the weapons used on the rooftop. Burt Lancaster first used a BAR, and then a Browning-designed Model 1919 air-cooled .30 caliber machine gun, belt-fed.

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