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Abraham Lincoln (1930)

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An episodic biography of the 16th President of the United States.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
William L. Thorne ...
Tom Lincoln (as W.L. Thorne)
Helen Freeman ...
Otto Hoffman ...
Edgar Dearing ...
Armstrong (as Edgar Deering)
Una Merkel ...
Russell Simpson ...
Charles Crockett ...
Kay Hammond ...
Helen Ware ...
E. Alyn Warren ...
Jason Robards Sr. ...
Herndon (as Jason Robards)
Gordon Thorpe ...
Ian Keith ...


Brief vignettes about Lincoln's early life include his birth, early jobs, (unsubstantiated) affair with Ann Rutledge, courtship of Mary Todd, and the Lincoln-Douglas debates; his presidency and the Civil War are followed in somewhat more detail, though without actual battle scenes; film concludes with the assassination. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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The wonder film of the century, about the most romantic figure who ever lived!






Release Date:

8 November 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

D.W. Griffith's 'Abraham Lincoln'  »

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1.20 : 1
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Maj. Gen. Guevenour K. Warren, commander of the military district including Maryland and part of Pennsylvania. Sheridan did not command VI Corps, but the cavalry of the Army of the Potomac. Warren stopped Jubal Early's Confederates at the Battle of Monocacy. See more »


Due to the Blue Laws prevalent at the time, no newspaper in America could publish on Sunday in 1809 (Abraham Lincoln was born on Sunday February 12, 1809). See more »


Offut: There he is! Ugliest, laziest, smartest man in New Salem. Ain't ya, Abe?
Abraham Lincoln: Well, I don't mind my face; I'm behind it. It's the people in front that get jarred.
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Yes, it is bad, but...
14 April 2002 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

I think it qualifies as a must-see film for all true scholars of the cinema. That is not to say that it is a good film. It is most certainly not. But this is really a perfect film in which to study the biggest change that this artistic medium ever experienced, the change from silence to sound. The whole film comes off as so, so awkward. It doesn't help that the script is awful. The film is actually over-ambitious, trying hard to cover the entire life of Abe, from birth to death. However bad Abraham Lincoln is, though, I myself found it more than watchable and always fascinating. 6/10.

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