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Let Freedom Ring1939

Let Freedom Ring (1939)





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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.

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Nelson Eddy
as Steve Logan
Virginia Bruce
as Maggie Adams
Lionel Barrymore
as Thomas Logan
Victor McLaglen
as Chris Mulligan
Edward Arnold
as Jim Wade
Guy Kibbee
as Judge David Bronson
Charles Butterworth
as `The Mackerel'
H.B. Warner
as Rutledge
Raymond Walburn
as Editor Underwood
Dick Rich
as `Thumper' Jackson
Louis Jean Heydt
as Ned Wilkie
Sarah Padden
as `Ma' Logan
Eddie Dunn
as `Curley,' Bartender
C.E. Anderson
as Sheriff Hicks
Victor Potel
as 2nd Swede
Billy Bevan
as Cockney
Syd Saylor
as Surveyor
Ted Thompson
as Surveyor
Hank Bell
as Stage Driver
Harry Wilson
as Workman
Cyril Ring
as Rancher
Jimmy Aubrey
as Rancher
Art Mix
as Barfly
Jim Mason
as Barfly
Francis X. Bushman Jr.
as Gagan Henchman
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Critic Reviews for Let Freedom Ring

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Flag-waving of the George Cohan variety has always been a box-office standby, but the cinema's new patriotism goes deeper into the last refuge.

March 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Cornball but enjoyable patriotic musical western.

September 2, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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