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Let Freedom Ring (1939)

Passed | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 24 February 1939 (USA)
Railroad owner Jim Knox uses everything to get the land he needs for his new railroad cheaply. Everybody hopes, that Steve Logan ends his regime, but he allies with Jim Knox. Nobody knows, ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Conway

Writers:

Ben Hecht (original story), Ben Hecht (screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nelson Eddy ... Steve Logan
Virginia Bruce ... Maggie Adams
Victor McLaglen ... Chris Mulligan
Lionel Barrymore ... Thomas Logan
Edward Arnold ... Jim Knox
Guy Kibbee ... David Bronson
Charles Butterworth ... The Mackerel
H.B. Warner ... Rutledge
Raymond Walburn ... Underwood
Dick Rich Dick Rich ... 'Bumper' Jackson
Trevor Bardette ... Gagan
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... 'Pop' Wilkie (as George F. Hayes)
Louis Jean Heydt ... Ned Wilkie
Sarah Padden ... 'Ma' Logan
Eddie Dunn Eddie Dunn ... 'Curly'
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Storyline

Railroad owner Jim Knox uses everything to get the land he needs for his new railroad cheaply. Everybody hopes, that Steve Logan ends his regime, but he allies with Jim Knox. Nobody knows, that he's actually a government agent. But when Jim finds out, he tries to kill Steve. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Thrill-Blasting Drama of Men and Women at the Turn of a New Era with a cast as big as the Majestic land they Glorify !

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Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Song of the West See more »

Filming Locations:

Red Rock, Arizona, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The train engine used in this film is the El Paso & Southwestern Railroad No. 1, a 4-4-0 type steam locomotive, preserved in El Paso, Texas. The engine was built in 1857 by Breese, Kneeland, and Company of Jersey City, New Jersey, and is the only locomotive built by that firm still in existence. See more »

Goofs

The setting is 1868, but Steve sings the 1904 song "Ten Thousand Cattle Straying" and the 1912 song "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling". See more »

Quotes

Maggie Adams: You've got lots of money, haven't you?
Jim Knox: Ooooh, I keep it in barrels.
Maggie Adams: Then why do you go around robbing poor people, stealing their land and burning them out? If you're such a rich man, why are you a thief?
Jim Knox: Where I come from people don't call me a thief, they call me a 'financier'.
Maggie Adams: And what country do you come from?
Jim Knox: It's not a country, it's a street. Wall Street.
Maggie Adams: Well that street isn't big enough to run this country Mr Knox. You own the sheriff and the courts and you've got all the money in the ...
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Connections

Referenced in The Big Noise (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Pat, Sez He
(uncredited)
Music by Phil Ohman
Lyrics by Foster Carling
Sung by Nelson Eddy with modified lyrics by Marty Symes
Danced by Victor McLaglen
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"Where I come from people don't call me a thief, they call me a 'financier'"
4 September 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Let Freedom Ring is a pleasant way to kick back and relax for part of an afternoon. It isn't without its corniness and the story is thin and jumbled, even with these there isn't really anything that is terribly wrong about Let Freedom Ring. It is beautifully shot with an evocatively rendered setting, there's definitely a western aura about it. The music is catchy with clever lyrics, When Irish Eyes are Smiling comes off best, while the dialogue is mostly witty, heartfelt and thoughtful with the odd corny moment. The western and patriotic parts are rousing and don't preach at all, and the more romantic parts are full of charm. The message is a good one and it is one that still resonates. The direction is efficient and done with professionalism. The performances are great, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold(on menacing villain duty) and especially Victor McLaglen fare the best in support, while Virginia Bruce is a smart and alluring female lead, also exuding a great deal of charm. Nelson Eddy is in glorious voice, not a surprise as his voice is a contender for the most beautiful baritone voice on film(between him and Howard Keel), and it is here where he gives one of his better acting performances, he can be wooden but here he looks very comfortable and his performance is very solid. In conclusion, a really nice film. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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