GenreBiography, Crime, Drama ScreenplayArt Cohn CountryUnited States
Release dateMay 1952 (1952-05) WriterArt Cohn (screenplay), Art Cohn (story) CastJames Stewart (Marsh Williams), Jean Hagen (Maggie Williams), Wendell Corey (Capt. H.T. Peoples), James Arness (Leon Williams), Rhys Williams (Redwick Karson), Otto Hulett (Mobley) Similar moviesThe Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club, This Is Elvis, Foxcatcher, Goodfellas, Jobs
TaglineThis is my Story
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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.
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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
According to MGM records the film earned $1,787,000 in the US and Canada and $802,000 elsewhere, resulting in a profit of $575,000.