|Directed by||Richard Thorpe|
|Produced by||Armand Deutsch|
|Written by||Art Cohn|
|Music by||Conrad Salinger|
|Cinematography||William C. Mellor|
|Edited by||Newell P. Kimlin|
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.
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. Williams was released from prison in 1929 and worked with Winchester Firearms on development of the M1 Carbine.
- James Stewart as David Marshall 'Marsh' Williams
- Jean Hagen as Maggie Williams
- Wendell Corey as Capt. H. T. Peoples
- Carl Benton Reid as Claude Williams
- John Smith as David Marshall's brother (uncredited)
- James Arness as David Marshall's oldest brother
Comic book adaption
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- Maltin, Leonard, ed. (2007). Leonard Maltin's 2008 Movie Guide. New York: Signet. p. 211. ISBN 978-0-451-22186-5.
- James Arness#Filmography
- See also 'Top Box-Office Hits of 1952', Variety, January 7, 1953
- "Fawcett Movie Comic #19". Grand Comics Database.
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