Carbine Williams

Carbine Williams

James Stewart
Director: Richard Thorpe Cast: James Stewart
James Stewart
, Jean Hagen
Jean Hagen
, Wendell Corey
Wendell Corey
Richard Thorpe

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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The tougher postwar screen image of James Stewart is given a good workout in the fact-based Carbine Williams. In 1952, the world at large knew Marsh Williams as the developer of the US Army's M-1 carbine rifle. The film builds up to this event by detailing Williams' previous existence as a bootlegger and embittered prison inmate, sentenced to 30 years at hard labor for killing a revenue agent. After enduring the rigors of chain-gang life and solitary confinement, Williams (Stewart) gets his mind off his troubles by dreaming up a new type of automatic-gun piston. He is encouraged in this endeavor by prison warden H. T. Peoples (Wendell Corey), previously Williams' bitterest enemy. As Williams continues to develop his innovative weaponry notions, his wife Maggie (Jean Hagen) and Warden Peoples try to overcome penal bureaucracy to win a pardon for Williams. Some TV prints of Carbine Williams have been colorized by computer; despite this artistically offensive practice, the strong dramatic and human values of the story still shine.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2009
UPC: 0883316126318
Original Release: 1952
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 16,497

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Stewart Marsh Williams
Jean Hagen Maggie Williams
Wendell Corey Capt. H.T. Peeples
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 District Attorney
Ralph Dumke Andrew White
Leif Erickson Feder
Henry Corden Bill Stockton
Frank Richards Truex
Howard Petrie Sheriff
Stuart Randall Tom Venner
Dan Riss Jesse Rimmer
Bobby Hyatt David Williams
Bob Alden Messenger
Willis B. Bouchey Mitchell
Marshall Bradford Actor
Harry V. Cheshire Judge
Sam Flint Actor
Robert Foulk Torchy
James Harrison Trusty
Nolan Leary Actor
Bert LeBaron Actor
Emile G. Meyer Head Guard
Fiona O'Shiel Mrs. Rimmer
George Pembroke Board Member
Richard Reeves Guard
Duke York Actor
Marlene Lyden Mary Eloise Williams
Jon Gardner Mac Williams
Erik Nielsen Child at Wedding
Lillian Culver Mrs. Laura Williams
Tony Epper Actor

Technical Credits
Richard Thorpe Director
Art Cohn Screenwriter
Armand Deutsch Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Eddie Imazu Art Director
Newell P. Kimlin Editor
William C. Mellor Cinematographer
Conrad Salinger Score Composer

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