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    Presented to Col. Jack L. Warner by Johnny Garfield.

    Historic and Inscribed Beretta Model 1934 Semi-Automatic Pistol Owned Once by Jack L. Warner of Warner Bros. Fame.
    Serial no. 989270, 9mm (Corto), 3 3/4-inch barrel. Blued military finish. Right side of slide and frame marked 989270 left side marked P. BERETTA -CAL.9 CORTO- Mo 1934 BREVET / GARDONE V.T. 1942 XX. Right side of grip has silver plaque inscribed TO COL. JACK L. WARNER / CAPTURED AT CASSINO / JOHNNY GARFIELD (cursive). Note: For reference, The Battle of Monte Cassino was a series of assaults by the Allies against the "Winter Line" in Italy held by Axis forces during the Italian Campaign of WWII. The reason for the battle was to get to Rome. This gun is sold with a letter on Warner Bros. Studios Facilities letterhead stating "Dear Paul, The gun you purchased from me in April 1989 was originally given to me by Mr. Luther Reddick, an in-house security officer at the estate of the late Jack L. Warner. founder and owner of Warner Bros. Studios.........It was manufactured in 1942 and presented to Mr. Reddick by Mrs. Jack Warner on the death of Mr. Warner. The inscription on the grip indicates that the late actor Johnnie Garfield had captured the gun during WWII in Casino, Italy from an unknown officer, and presented to Mr. Warner at the end of the war. Yours truly, Jack Egger, Captain, BHPD (Ret.) Director, Studio Protection Group. WARNER BROS. STUDIOS." Note: During research of Johnny Garfield and Jack Warner, we find that Garfield had been approached by Paramount and Warner Bros. and after a battle of a clause in his contract on part of both studios, Warner Bros. gave in and he ended up working with Warner Bros. and starred in movies such as Four Daughters, They Made me a Criminal, Dust Be My Destiny and The Postman Always Rings Twice, to name a few. Also, although he attempted to enlist in the Armed Forces on the onset of WWII and turned down because of health reasons, his effort in supporting the war could of easily had a serviceman come back with a trophy from the war and given it to him as a gift.

    Condition: Gun has seen very little use. All bluing is present with just minor wear due to handling and storage. Minor wear to front and backstrap. Marred screws. Action tight. Bore very good.


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    December, 2016
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