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22.04.15 Carbine Williams, Released in 1952

Our Review

In this film James Stewart acts the life of David Marshall Williams (1900—1975), North Carolina moonshiner, convict,  and firearms genius.  While a prisoner in the 1920s Williams invented a revolutionary rifle mechanism that became the basis for the M1 carbine carried by millions of Americans in World War II.  After his pardon in 1929,  Williams secured more than 20 additional patents and became an advisor to the Winchester Arms company.  The movie is good at portraying Williams’s large Southern family that never gave up on one of its members despite adversity.