Carbine Williams (1952)





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This exciting biography chronicles the life of the man who invented the M-1 carbine rifle, a gun that changed the ways in which wars were fought. The tale begins as inventor Marsh Williams serves a 30-year sentence for supposedly killing a revenuer during a raid in a brutal North Carolina prison farm. There he secretly occupies himself by building a new kind of gun. He doesn't plan to use it to escape. The warden finds out about William's illicit activity and takes the prototype. Williams then begs the warden to return it because he believes the weapon can help the boys fighting WW II overseas. When the warden sees that Williams is sincere, he allows him to finish the weapon.
Classics , Drama
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James Stewart
as Marsh Williams
Jean Hagen
as Maggie Williams
Wendell Corey
as Capt. H.T. Peoples
Paul Stewart
as 'Dutch' Kruger
Carl Benton Reid
as Claude Williams
Otto Hulett
as Mobley
Rhys Williams
as Redwick Karson
Herbert Heyes
as Lionel Daniels
James Arness
as Leon Williams
Porter Hall
as Sam Markley
Fay Roope
as District Attorney
Ralph Dumke
as Andrew White
Henry Corden
as Bill Stockton
Howard Petrie
as Sheriff
Stuart Randall
as Tom Vennar
Dan Riss
as Jesse Rimmer
Robert Hyatt
as David Williams
Duke York
as Guard
Robert Foulk
as Torchy
Lillian Culver
as Mrs. Laura Williams
Marlene Lyden
as Mary Eloise Williams
Emile G. Meyer
as Head Guard
Norma Jean Cramer
as Mary Ruth Williams
Robert Van Orden
as Bob Williams
Jordan S. Cronenweth
as Will Williams
Harry Macklin
as John Williams
Jon Gardner
as Mac Williams
Bob Alden
as Messenger
Erik Nielsen
as Child at Wedding
Sam Flint
as Board Member
Nolan Leary
as Board Member
Marshall Bradford
as Board Member
George Pembroke
as Board Member
Fiona O'Shiel
as Mrs. Rimmer
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All Critics (1)

The overlooked pic is one of its legendary star's least seen films that deserves to be viewed.

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Audience Reviews for Carbine Williams

Caught some parts of this on TV. Pretty cool film, especially how it was based on the story of the M1 Carbine's creation. Jimmy Stewart gives a solid acting performance here, as usual.

Stephen Skudlarek
Stephen Skudlarek

Not one of his more popular movies, but this is one of Jimmy Stewart's best performances outside of a Hitchcock movie. For someone used to seeing him as the intense/on-the-verge-of-freaking-out character, this brooding, quiet, deliberate character stands out in its contrast. Good flick.

Richard Blue Jr
Richard Blue Jr

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