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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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Trivia

Henry B. Walthall, who plays the minor role of Robert E. Lee's aide, was the star of D.W. Griffith'sfirst landmark Civil War feature, The Birth of a Nation (1915). See more »

Goofs

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: You know, I feel like little Jimmy Watkins. He got a hunk of gingerbread the other day and said, 'I guess there's nobody loves gingerbread like I does and gets so little of it.'
Ann Rutledge: Oh, Abe.
Abraham Lincoln: Ann, will you... will you marry me? I mean, of course, when I get out of debt and can support you?
Ann Rutledge: Well, you know, Abe, I've intended to for a long while. That is, of course, if you ask me.
Abraham Lincoln: You... you mean...?
Ann Rutledge: Yes, Abe... you've got your gingerbread.
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Edited into General Spanky (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
(ca 1856) (uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1862)
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
Sung by an offscreen chorus during a civil war 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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