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

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Cast

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

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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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


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8 November 1930 (USA)  »

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D.W. Griffith's 'Abraham Lincoln'  »

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(TCM print) | (copyright length)

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1.20 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Goofs

General Lee repeatedly addresses an officer as Colonel, or Colonel Marshall, but the officer wears the insignia of a Captain on his collar. See more »

Quotes

Lincoln adviser: Oh, by the way, Mrs. Lincoln, have you met General Grant?
Mary Todd Lincoln: [Laconically] Ah met'em. Took us a week to get the smoke out of the curtains.
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Edited into General Spanky (1936) See more »

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In the Sweet By and By
(1868) (uncredited)
(Also called "The Sweet By-and-By")
Music by J.P. Webster
Lyrics by S. Fillmore Bennett
Sung by an offscreen chorus during Ann's death scene
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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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