The reel in The French Connection (1971)

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The reel in The French Connection (1971)

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I was watching the iconic 1971 movie starring Gene Hackman as NY Detective “Popeye” Doyle and all of a sudden the bad guy played by Fernando Rey is casting a spinning reel into the ocean off his French balcony. This is best photo I could capture from my tv:
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Looks Mitchell-ish. Shameless plug for a French reel?

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Mitchell with forked foot mounted on Conolon rod???
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My 1st impression was Mitchell. 508 maybe?

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It's a Mitchell but not a 500 series. If it was a it would be a 510 because of the torpedo knob, but the 500 series' leg comes out of the rear center of the body & angles back quite a bit before it goes straight up quickly to the rod split. The reel in the movie's leg comes up & forward before it bends up to the foot. Plus that rod isn't anything that was built stock for a 500 series. The fore & aft grips are way too long. I'm thinking it's either a 306, 406 or 410.
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You're correct. Not 500 series. Angle is wrong. I should have looked at the one sitting right here. Just found it local. complete with the rod that matches a forked foot. The way Fernando is holding the rod it's lucky he didn't throw it in the water.

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Re: The reel in The French Connection (1971)

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I'm thinking 410. If it were a 306/406, I would expect the rotor to be almost the width of his right hand.

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