Carbine Williams

Synopsis: This is the story of David Marshall 'Marsh' Williams, the real life inventor of the world famous M-1 Carbine automatic rifle used in WWII. It all started when Marsh, who was one to do things his way, was caught distilling moonshine, and was accused and convicted of shooting a federal officer in the process. This at first placed him in the chain gang which labeled him as a hard case. Later, to make room for those more deserving, he was moved to a prison farm, where he came under the direction of Captain H.T. Peoples. The Captain was a mild mannered warden, who did not shy from discipline when necessary, but also believed that given the opportunity, most men will respond to good. Believing that Marsh was just such a person, the Captain gave him every opportunity to reform, so much so, that he eventually allowed Marsh to work in the tool shop on his spare time to develop and build by hand, a working rifle, inside the prison farm itself.
Director(s): Richard Thorpe
Production: Warner Bros
92 min

Long distance Mr. Williams

from North California

Yes, I will take it from here.

Hello? Oh Hello, Maggie.

Is anything wrong?

Bite! What kind of bite? Ah, fight...

David won it, didn't he?

Was he hurt?

Not hurt outside. What is it, internal?

Oh, he feels better, I

thought he broke something

Well I am fixing to get out

of here in a couple of weeks.

You think so? Perhaps

I can make it sooner.

Don't be afraid about it,

Maggie. He will be all right.

Boys get moody every

once in a while you know.

Good-bye Dear.

- Good morning, Marsh!

- Good morning.

Good news from Washington.

The army has taken 30-06.

- Well, you don't seem

to be happy about it.

I will be leaving for a

spill, they need me down home

But we need you down here.

We are on a deadline on 20 gazes

Well my work is done and the

drafting department has the design

- But it is your baby

You got to see it through

I don't got to do anything.

Wait a moment. Cant this business

at home wait a couple of weeks?

Waited a little too long already.


Mrs. Williams?

He is here.


Marsh... Its good to have you back.

Good to be back here

Waited for a long time

- I missed you, Maggie.

- Missed you too, Marsh.

- David here?

- No, he went out.

- He didn't know I was coming?

- Yes, he knew.

- Didn't want to be around.

- Like I told you in the phone Marsh

The kids at school are

giving him a pretty bad time.

- I always felt we should have told him.

- Yes. I know you did, maybe, I made a mistake.

It's done. Now it is up to us to undo it

Tried to tell him several times I give

myself the best at it, its just not good

Marsh, Do you want me to tell him?


No, I...

I don't think so...

I would like to talk to Raeligh 89532.

Person to person call to Captain

H.T. Peoples. This is Marsh Williams.

- That's right.

- Why Cap?

Cap would give it to him straight

You know, Cap...

Hello, Cap? This is Marsh.

I am fine, how are you?

Cap, I...

I got a problem. I need your help.

My boy, David, He is been

hearing a lot of things in school

All mixed up.

I was wondering... If I can

bring him over to see you

Fine cap, thank you

Marsh, maybe David

won't take it from him.

That's his right, Maggie.

- Nice day

- Yeah

Where are we going?

Don't feel like hunting.

- Hear you lost a fight, while I was up North?

- Can't win them all.

No, you can't win them all.

- Hi, Bill.

- Hi Marsh, I didn't recognize you.

- You can go right on in.

- Hiya.

Hello Marsh! Hiya!

Let me take those keys

and lock up all those guns

Close season on guards

- Marsh Williams.

- Hello, Jim.

Shake hands with my son, David?

Old friend of mine, David!

Glad to know you, David.

- Nice seeing you.

- Nice seeing you boys.

Marsh Williams.

Captain Peoples is expecting

you First office on the left

Come on son.

Go right in, Mr. Williams.

- Hi, Cap.

- Hello Marsh...

David, This is captain

Peoples, My best friend.

Hello, David. It's a pleasure I have

been waiting for, for a long time.

If you will excuse me, I

think I will have a look around

- Where are you going?

- Don't worry son, I will be right outside

Captain Peoples have

something to talk to you about.

- About what?

- He will tell you.

Please sit down, David.

There are all kinds of men there, David.

Murderers, thieves, smugglers

But they are not all bad.

Some hardened criminals,

Will be here as long as they live.

Others have made only one mistake

Yes, David. Your father was in

this prison Before you were born.

What for?

He was convicted of killing a man.

I am going to tell you the whole story right

from the beginning. Just the way it happened.

I am not going to leave out any details.

I think you are old enough

to judge for yourself

Oh I wonder if any boy can

ever really know his father

I can try

When looking at you David I was

thinking of your Dad, when he was a boy

At times I think he didn't even

understand his father either

You see, your father always

was a rugged individualist

You know what that is, don't you?

That's not an easy thing to

be in a family of 11 children.

He always wanted to stand-alone

on his own. And he did!

You know that he quit

school and joined the navy?

He was a tall boy and

looked older than his years

But after a couple of hitches he found out

that he wasn't for the Navy and vice versa.

- I am home, Dad!

- Marsh!

Why didn't you let us know?

I didn't think anybody would be up.

Sunday school class tomorrow

You are looking might gone, Marsh.

I can stand a snack if

that's what you hint!

There ought to be some cold chicken

left unless Lean beat you to it.

- I am glad you are home son!

- I am glad to be back!

The navy was no place for you.

The Williams belong on this land.

This land belongs to the Williams.

Pop, I haven't changed my

mind about marrying Maggie!

That's in the future.

You call that quick the future? I gotta set

a date, when I go see her in the morning.

You have lost your mind?

Can't even support

yourself, Let alone a wife.

You said I would be getting my share

of the firm, that's enough for us.

You will get your share

when you have earned it.

You said an acre of the place is mine.

You will get your 400 acres. The same

as your brothers, by working for it.

You know you are better

than they are, Marsh!

I never did say I was better,

I said I was different.

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Art Cohn

Art Cohn (April 5, 1909 – March 22, 1958) was an American sportswriter, screenwriter and author. Cohn and Hollywood producer Mike Todd died in a plane crash in New Mexico in 1958. more…

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