Abraham Lincoln (1930)

TV-G  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  8 November 1930 (USA)
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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)
Lucille La Verne ...
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 <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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Release Date:

8 November 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

D.W. Griffith's 'Abraham Lincoln'  »

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(TCM print) | (copyright length)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was D.W. Griffith's first sound film. See more »


Shortly before leaving Mary Todd waiting at the altar (circa 1850), Lincoln opens a drawer and looks at a daguerreotype of his lost love, Ann Rutledge, who had died several years before in 1835. Dagguereotypes did not reach the United States until the mid-1840s. See more »


Abraham Lincoln: [to Ann] Well, my old daddy taught me how to work, but he never taught me how to like it.
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Edited into General Spanky (1936) See more »


The Battle Cry of Freedom
(1862) (uncredited)
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Played and sung by marching soldiers
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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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