Let Freedom Ring

Let Freedom Ring

Director: Jack Conway

Cast: Jack Conway, Nelson Eddy, Virginia Bruce, Victor McLaglen

     
 

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Originally filmed in Sepiatone, Let Freedom Ring is a satisfying Nelson Eddy musical with patriotic overtones. Set in the years following the Civil War, the story focuses on the battle of wills between Harvard-educated idealist Steve Logan (Eddy) and bullying railroad magnate Jim Knox (Edward Arnold). Launching a newspaper aimed at combatting Knox'sSee more details below

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Originally filmed in Sepiatone, Let Freedom Ring is a satisfying Nelson Eddy musical with patriotic overtones. Set in the years following the Civil War, the story focuses on the battle of wills between Harvard-educated idealist Steve Logan (Eddy) and bullying railroad magnate Jim Knox (Edward Arnold). Launching a newspaper aimed at combatting Knox's engulf-and-devour tactics (could the villain be intended as a frontier Hitler?) Logan is disowned by his wealthy family and frozen out by his society friends. But with the help of woman-of-the-people Maggie Adams (Virginia Bruce), Logan sticks to his guns and perserveres. Let Freedom Ring goes out of its way to erase Eddy's "Singing Capon" image by having him engage in as much virile physical activity as possible, including a well-staged fistic bout with the gargantuan Victor McLaglen. Fey comedy relief is provided by Charles Butterworth, who does the most with the least material.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Nelson Eddy without Jeanette MacDonald can be an "iffy" proposition (as can Eddy with MacDonald sometimes), but Let Freedom Ring is one of the sturdy baritone's finer efforts. Modern audience will undoubtedly find the story to be a bit too naïve and brainlessly patriotic, with a belief in the innate goodness and morality of the masses that is perhaps a trifle too optimistic. Yet even as Freedom pounds home its messages, Ben Hecht manages to craft a number of speeches that are genuinely stirring and quite effective, even to jaded viewers. As for Eddy, he's much better than might be expected. Vocally, of course, he's excellent, in beautiful voice and using that beautiful instrument in song after song to very good effect. His dramatic performance is not as expert as one might wish, but it's also better than one might hope, and his big fight scene with Victor McLaglen proves he could be as genuinely "manly" (as opposed to woodenly manly) as one might wish. His appointed paramour, Virginia Bruce, is lovely to look at, if rather lifeless, but her lack of presence is more than made up for by the contributions of a solid supporting cast that includes the aforementioned McLaglen, as well as Edward Arnold (reliably villainous), Lionel Barrymore and Charles Butterworth.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/28/2013
UPC:
0883316734445
Original Release:
1939
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
40,899

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nelson Eddy Steve Logan
Virginia Bruce Maggie Adams
Victor McLaglen Chris Mulligan
Lionel Barrymore Thomas Logan
Edward Arnold Jim Knox
Guy Kibbee Judge David Bronson
Charles Butterworth "The Mackerel,
H.B. Warner Rutledge
Raymond Walburn Editor Underwood
Dick Rich "Thumper" Jackson
Trevor Bardette Cagan
George "Gabby" Hayes "Pop" Wilkie
Louis Jean Heydt Ned Wilkie
Sarah Padden "Ma" Logan
C.E. Anderson Sheriff Hicks
Luis Alberni Tony
Maude Allen Hilda
Jimmy Aubrey Rancher
Hank Bell Stage Driver
Billy Bevan Cockney
Charles "Heinie" Conklin Actor
Eddie Dunn "Curley," Bartender
Harry Fleischmann Actor
Tenen Holtz Hunky
Adia Kuznetzoff Pole
Mitchell Lewis Joe
James Mason Barfly
Philo McCullough Actor
Bruce Mitchell Actor
Art Mix Actor
Emory Parnell Swede
Victor Potel 2nd Swede
Cyril Ring Actor
Constantine Romanoff Russian
Lionel Royce German
Sid Saylor Actor
Harry Tenbrook Actor
Harry Wilson Workman
Ted Thompson Surveyor
Ralph Bushman Gagan Henchman

Technical Credits
Jack Conway Director
Ben Hecht Original Story,Screenwriter
Daniel B. Cathcart Art Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Art Lange Musical Direction/Supervision
Harry Rapf Producer
Frederick Y. Smith Editor
Dolly Tree Costumes/Costume Designer
Irene Valles Costumes/Costume Designer
Sidney Wagner Cinematographer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Let Freedom Ring
1. Chapter 1 [1:59]
2. Chapter 2 [:54]
3. Chapter 3 [1:29]
4. Chapter 4 [2:54]
5. Chapter 5 [1:27]
6. Chapter 6 [1:55]
7. Chapter 7 [1:55]
8. Chapter 8 [3:00]
9. Chapter 9 [6:25]
10. Chapter 10 [3:12]
11. Chapter 11 [3:04]
12. Chapter 12 [2:53]
13. Chapter 13 [2:34]
14. Chapter 14 [1:11]
15. Chapter 15 [1:56]
16. Chapter 16 [2:14]
17. Chapter 17 [3:47]
18. Chapter 18 [4:39]
19. Chapter 19 [2:47]
20. Chapter 20 [1:40]
21. Chapter 21 [2:59]
22. Chapter 22 [2:56]
23. Chapter 23 [3:10]
24. Chapter 24 [:59]
25. Chapter 25 [1:15]
26. Chapter 26 [2:36]
27. Chapter 27 [3:58]
28. Chapter 28 [2:08]
29. Chapter 29 [2:06]
30. Chapter 30 [5:15]
31. Chapter 31 [1:10]
32. Chapter 32 [5:58]
33. Chapter 33 [:28]

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