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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

I've Been Working on the Railroad
(uncredited)
Traditional
In the score during the first scene
Later sung by railroad builders
Contains a section of "Funiculi, Funicula" (1880)
Music by Luigi Denza
Words by Peppino Turco
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A pleasant surprise!
23 June 2003 | by alice-34See all my reviews

"Let Freedom Ring is an undeservedly little-known "patriotic western" with comedy and, of course, music, written by veteran screenwriter Ben Hecht and featuring practically every character actor in Hollywood at the time (Victor McLaglen in a hilarious performance, Charles Butterworth ditto, the wonderful Edward Arnold, Lionel Barrymore, Raymond Walburn, Guy Kibbee, Gabby Hayes, H. B. Warner, Louis Jean Heydt) and the lovely and gentle Virginia Bruce as leading lady. Nelson Eddy looks terrific and natural--no eye makeup, no lipstick and no Jeanette MacDonald!--and, needless to say, sings divinely. His performance is relaxed, funny and charming, he was clearly an expert horseman, and the fistfight near the end of the movie between him and Victor McLaglen is worth the price of admission. It was performed by themselves; no stunt doubles. Highly recommended to anyone who hasn't seen it.


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