Let Freedom Ring (1939)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Musical, Romance  |  24 February 1939 (USA)
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Railroad owner Jim Knox uses everything to get the land he needs for his new railroad cheaply. Everybody hopes, that Steve Logan ends his regime, but he allies with Jim Knox. Nobody knows, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Adams
Chris Mulligan
Thomas Logan
Jim Knox
David Bronson
Charles Butterworth ...
The Mackerel
Raymond Walburn ...
Dick Rich ...
'Bumper' Jackson
'Pop' Wilkie (as George F. Hayes)
Louis Jean Heydt ...
Ned Wilkie
Sarah Padden ...
'Ma' Logan
Eddie Dunn ...


Railroad owner Jim Knox uses everything to get the land he needs for his new railroad cheaply. Everybody hopes, that Steve Logan ends his regime, but he allies with Jim Knox. Nobody knows, that he's actually a government agent. But when Jim finds out, he tries to kill Steve. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Thrill-Blasting Drama of Men and Women at the Turn of a New Era with a cast as big as the Majestic land they Glorify !


Drama | Musical | Romance


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Release Date:

24 February 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Song of the West  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The setting is 1868, but Steve sings the 1904 song "Ten Thousand Cattle Straying" and the 1912 song "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling". See more »


Maggie Adams: You've got lots of money, haven't you?
Jim Knox: Ooooh, I keep it in barrels.
Maggie Adams: Then why do you go around robbing poor people, stealing their land and burning them out? If you're such a rich man, why are you a thief?
Jim Knox: Where I come from people don't call me a thief, they call me a 'financier'.
Maggie Adams: And what country do you come from?
Jim Knox: It's not a country, it's a street. Wall Street.
Maggie Adams: Well that street isn't big enough to run this country Mr Knox. You own the sheriff and the courts and you've got all the money in the ...
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Referenced in The Big Noise (1944) See more »


Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
(1854) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played on piano in the restaurant
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Nelson takes center stage in a strange little singing western...
20 March 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

LET FREEDOM RING is at its best whenever NELSON EDDY is permitted to sing forth in his strong baritone voice with a number of pleasant songs and this he does frequently. Sometimes it's at the request of VICTOR McLAGLEN who does a funny turn as the simple-minded villain of the piece who takes time out from fisticuffs to do an Irish jig when it pleases him. One of the nicest scenes has Eddy honoring McLaglen's request to sing "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling". In Eddy's hands, the song never sounded so good.

The plot has something to do with railroads vs. cattlemen and some skullduggery on the part of Nelson who rallies support from the townspeople to literally "let freedom ring" by opposing the mob boss (Edward Arnold) and demanding their own right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Yes, it's got that flag-waving flavor throughout, no doubt because the world was on the brink of entering into World War II which was all about fighting for freedom.

As a story, it's somewhat jumbled in the telling, relying solely on the strength of Nelson Eddy to deliver a solid central performance--and he does. He's obviously having a good time, even without Jeanette.

Not too much can be said for Virginia Bruce, his demure blonde leading lady, who lifts her voice in song only once. She is demure and sweet, even when she's supposed to be feisty, and that about sums up her performance.

Not the kind of film that most of Eddy's fans would clamor to see, but it passes the time pleasantly enough.

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