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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)
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Helen Freeman ...
Otto Hoffman ...
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Edgar Dearing ...
Armstrong (as Edgar Deering)
Una Merkel ...
Russell Simpson ...
Charles Crockett ...
Sheriff
Kay Hammond ...
Helen Ware ...
E. Alyn Warren ...
Jason Robards Sr. ...
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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1.20 : 1
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Jason Robards, the son of Jason Robards Sr.--who plays Abraham Lincoln's law partner--has played Abe Lincoln three times on the small screen: in a 1964 Hallmark Hall of Fame special (Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1964)), a 1992 made-for-TV movie (Lincoln (1992)), a 1991 made-for-TV movie (The Perfect Tribute (1991)) and a 1992 documentary. He has also played three other US presidents. He also was the voice of U.S. Grant in Ken Burns' documentary The Civil War (1990). See more »

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In both the Union and Confederate parades, the musicians play trombones with forward facing bells. During the Civil War, the bells faced backwards. See more »

Quotes

Abraham Lincoln: I've hung my hat and here it stays till they knock it off with a bayonet. From now on, Mary, I'm going to run this war!
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Soundtracks

When Johnny Comes Marching Home
(1863) (uncredited)
Music by Louis Lambert
(Psuedonymn for Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore)
In the score near the end
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D.W. Griffith's last hurrah: a tribute to Abraham Lincoln
9 October 1998 | by (Culpeper, VA) – See all my reviews

This film was to be D.W. Griffith's big comeback production, and it did very well for "the old master." In fact, it was chosen as number two of the Ten Best Pictures of 1930 by The Film Daily, just below "All Quiet On The Western Front!" Sadly, due to the horrible condition of the available prints of this film, no really fair analysis can be made today. As with so many early talkies, Abraham Lincoln is now a sickly shadow of what it was in 1930. To begin with, it's original running time is listed at approximately 96 minutes. The version presented on Laserdisc runs 83 minutes.The film shows signs of wear and duping. The soundtrack is horribly distorted and, in several scenes, seems to be missing totally, replaced by terrible music from a stock library. Even so, if one can look past these things and take the acting style in the context of its time, one can see that Griffith had not lost his flair and would have probably continued directing had the fates (and probably Hollywood) not conspired against him. There are wonderful cinematic moments, reminiscent of some of his earlier triumphs. This is a film that cries out for restoration but, alas, there is most likely little or nothing left to restore. UPDATE: In 2008, KINO International released a DVD version of Abraham Lincoln that is far more complete than the old Laserdisc I reviewed from in 1998. While some soundtrack from the Prologue is still missing, KINO has made up for it by adding subtitles for the missing dialogue. Also, the picture quality is far superior to anything else available. It is evident that much effort went into making this forgotten film much more watchable and available!


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