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Let Freedom Ring (1939)

Passed | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 24 February 1939 (USA)
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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Rutledge
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Underwood
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Gagan
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'Pop' Wilkie (as George F. Hayes)
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Ned Wilkie
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'Ma' Logan
Eddie Dunn ...
'Curly'
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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, 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 !

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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Song of the West  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Sepiatone)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's television premiere took place in Los Angeles Friday 21 June 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Portland OR 18 July 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Philadelphia 14 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in New Haven CT 28 August 1957 on WNHC (Channel 18), in Norfolk VA 2 October 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Chicago 8 October 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Cleveland 3 November 1957 on KYW (Channel 3), and in San Francisco 27 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); it finally found its way to New York City 2 August 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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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 »

Quotes

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 »

Soundtracks

Home, Sweet, Home
(1823) (uncredited)
Music by H.R. Bishop
Lyrics by John Howard Payne
Sung a cappella by Nelson Eddy and joined by piano music
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Western with a historical lesson
15 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

It's Nelson Eddy again, but this time without Jeanette - in an unusual Western musical! "Let Freedom Ring" (1939) is finally available on DVD. It is a patriotic action picture based on the 19th century struggle of farmers against the railroads. History with distant echoes where I grew up in the Midwest, from stories I heard and reflected by novelists such as Frank Norris with "The Octopus" and "the Pit". First was land grabbing by nefarious means as dramatized in the film. Later, of course, came the gaming of freight rates to rob the farmers even further, into the 20th century. See Nelson Eddy lead the charge against Edward Arnold, notorious villain from Wall Street, and his hired thug Victor McLaglen, who exploit the immigrant railroad workers and homestead farmers alike! "Wall Street" is mentioned pejoratively three times; this would never happen in today's ideologically sanitized Hollywood. Otherwise, a wholesome Ben Hecht script with Arson! Fistfights! Gunfire! Noble Nelson in fine voice with codger Lionel Barrymore, comic Charles Butterworth, and comely Virginia Bruce. Plus many others in a star spangled film.


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