Carbine Williams

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Carbine Williams
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Directed by Richard Thorpe
Produced by Armand Deutsch
Written by Art Cohn
Starring James Stewart
Music by Conrad Salinger
Cinematography William C. Mellor
Edited by Newell P. Kimlin
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
  • May 1952 (1952-05)
Running time 92 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,111,000[1]
Box office $2,589,000[1]

Carbine Williams is a 1952 American drama film directed by Richard Thorpe and starring James Stewart. The film follows the life of its namesake, David Marshall Williams, who invented the operating principle for the M1 Carbine while in a North Carolina prison. The M1 Carbine was used extensively during World War II.

Originally filmed in black-and-white, it is also shown in a computer colorized version.[2]

Plot[edit]

The film follows the life of David Marshall Williams (James Stewart), who was a member of the Winchester team that invented the semi-automatic M1 Carbine used in World War II. Williams was found distilling illegal moonshine, and was held responsible for the death of a federal officer during a raid on his still. He was sentenced to thirty years hard labor. He cycled through the prison system, until a firm, but compassionate warden, H.T. Peoples (Wendell Corey) allowed him to work in a prison tool shop. There he invented the gas system for his famous rifle, and eventually was released from prison in 1929 and worked with Winchester Firearms on development of the M1 Carbine.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

According to MGM records the film earned $1,787,000 in the US and Canada[4] and $802,000 elsewhere, resulting in a profit of $575,000.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ Maltin, Leonard, ed. (2007). Leonard Maltin's 2008 Movie Guide. New York: Signet. p. 211. ISBN 978-0-451-22186-5. 
  3. ^ James Arness#Filmography
  4. ^ See also 'Top Box-Office Hits of 1952', Variety, January 7, 1953

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