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Carbine Williams (1952)

Unrated | | Biography, Crime, Drama | May 1952 (USA)
David Marshall Williams is sent to a prison farm where he works in the tool shop and eventually develops the precursor of the famous M-1 Carbine automatic rifle used in World War II.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Art Cohn (screenplay), Art Cohn (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Stewart ... Marsh Williams
Jean Hagen ... Maggie Williams
Wendell Corey ... Capt. H.T. Peoples
Carl Benton Reid ... Claude Williams
Paul Stewart ... 'Dutch' Kruger
Otto Hulett ... Mobley
Rhys Williams ... Redwick Karson
Herbert Heyes ... Lionel Daniels
James Arness ... Leon Williams
Porter Hall ... Sam Markley
Fay Roope Fay Roope ... District Attorney
Ralph Dumke ... Andrew White
Leif Erickson ... Feder
Henry Corden ... Bill Stockton
Frank Richards ... Truex
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Storyline

This is the story of David Marshall 'Marsh' Williams, the real life inventor of the world famous M-1 Carbine automatic rifle used in WWII. It all started when Marsh, who was one to do things his way, was caught distilling moonshine, and was accused and convicted of shooting a federal officer in the process. This at first placed him in the chain gang which labeled him as a hard case. Later, to make room for those more deserving, he was moved to a prison farm, where he came under the direction of Captain H.T. Peoples. The Captain was a mild mannered warden, who did not shy from discipline when necessary, but also believed that given the opportunity, most men will respond to good. Believing that Marsh was just such a person, the Captain gave him every opportunity to reform, so much so, that he eventually allowed Marsh to work in the tool shop on his spare time to develop and build by hand, a working rifle, inside the prison farm itself. Written by Bill Walch <TheWalchs@aol.com>

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This is my Story

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The real David Marshall Williams was convicted of killing a Deputy Sheriff, not a Federal Agent. Also, differing from the film's depiction, the murder was an ambush by Williams and his still workers as the police attempted to transport evidence from the crime scene. See more »

Quotes

Marsh Williams: But there isn't enough time Maggie. You can have enough of everything else. You can enough food, you can enough land, you can even have enough money, but you never can have enough time, because it's the only thing you can't save.
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the film - The March, 1951 issue of Reader's Digest published an article in its series. "The Most Unforgettable Character I've Met." That character is David Marshall Williams - and this is his story. He lived it. See more »

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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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A must see movie for history buffs of guns
8 January 2005 | by whatshisfacesoutpostSee all my reviews

This movie is a great movie for those who are into guns. Weather it be gun collecting, or just history. This movie portrays the actual real life story of how the winchester carbine was brought about. It is correct in it's history, and very interesting. Jimmy Stewart does an excellent job of portraying the feelings of a prisoner who may be wrongly convicted. It was never determined who actually killed the agent. This man made a rifle to help the American fighting man of the armed forces. Lighter, faster and more reliable than anything up to it's time. This was done inside a prison, with nothing but a file. When it was found out what he was doing, the warden of the prison eventually stands behind him and helps him in his efforts. If you are not interested in guns it is still a informative movie with a great human interest story!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Story of David Marshall Williams See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,111,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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