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Abraham Lincoln -- An episodic biography of the 16th President of the United States.

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Writers:
Stephen Vincent Benet (adapted for the screen by)
John W. Considine Jr. (story)
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Release Date:
8 November 1930 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The wonder film of the century, about the most romantic figure who ever lived!
Plot:
An episodic biography of the 16th President of the United States. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Accomplished biopic of a noble politician See more (40 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William L. Thorne ... Tom Lincoln (as W.L. Thorne)

Lucille La Verne ... Mid-Wife
Helen Freeman ... Nancy Hanks Lincoln

Otto Hoffman ... Offut

Walter Huston ... Abraham Lincoln
Edgar Dearing ... Armstrong (as Edgar Deering)

Una Merkel ... Ann Rutledge

Russell Simpson ... Lincoln's Employer
Charles Crockett ... Sheriff

Kay Hammond ... Mary Todd Lincoln

Helen Ware ... Mrs. Edwards
E. Alyn Warren ... Stephen A. Douglas / General Grant

Jason Robards Sr. ... Herndon (as Jason Robards)
Gordon Thorpe ... Tad Lincoln

Ian Keith ... John Wilkes Booth
Cameron Prud'Homme ... John Hay - Secretary to the President (as Cameron Prudhomme)
James Bradbury Sr. ... General Scott
James Eagles ... Young Soldier (as Jimmie Eagle)

Oscar Apfel ... Secretary of War Stanton

Frank Campeau ... General Sheridan

Hobart Bosworth ... General Lee

Henry B. Walthall ... Colonel Marshall
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hank Bell ... Townsman in Offut's Store (uncredited)
Maurice Black ... Conspirator (uncredited)

Ed Brady ... Confederate Courier (uncredited)

Robert Brower ... (uncredited)

Kernan Cripps ... Conspirator (uncredited)
Mary Forbes ... Actress (uncredited)

Francis Ford ... Sheridan's Aide (uncredited)

Robert Homans ... A Senator - One of Lincoln's Advisors (uncredited)
Jane Keckley ... Matchmaker (uncredited)

Robert Keith ... Union Courier (uncredited)

Henry Kolker ... New Englander (uncredited)

Ralph Lewis ... Member of Lincoln's Cabinet (uncredited)

George MacQuarrie ... Member of Lincoln's Cabinet (uncredited)

Scott Seaton ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Carl Stockdale ... Member of Lincoln's Cabinet (uncredited)
Harry Stubbs ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Kathrin Clare Ward ... Townswoman at Ann's Death (uncredited)

Directed by
D.W. Griffith (personally directed by)
 
Writing credits
Stephen Vincent Benet (adapted for the screen by)

John W. Considine Jr. (story)

Stephen Vincent Benet (continuty and dialogue) and
Gerrit J. Lloyd (continuty and dialogue) (as Gerrit Lloyd)

Produced by
D.W. Griffith .... producer
Joseph M. Schenck .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Karl Struss (photography)
 
Film Editing by
James Smith (film editor)
 
Costume Design by
Walter J. Israel (costumes) (as Walter Israel)
 
Makeup Department
Robert Stephanoff .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Orville O. Dull .... production manager (as O.O. Dull)
 
Art Department
William Cameron Menzies .... settings
 
Sound Department
Harold Witt .... sound technician
 
Editorial Department
Hal C. Kern .... editorial advisor
 
Music Department
Hugo Riesenfeld .... music arrangements
 
Other crew
John W. Considine Jr. .... production advisor
Park French .... settings executed by
Raymond A. Klune .... production staff
Joseph M. Schenck .... presenter
Harry Stubbs .... associate dialogue director
Herbert Sutch .... production staff
Herbert Sutch .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"D.W. Griffith's 'Abraham Lincoln'" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
USA:90 min (TCM print) | 96 min (copyright length)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (MovieTone)
Certification:
UK:U | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Approved (1935)

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Trivia:
Although the film credits Gen. Phillip Sheridan for saving Washington from the threat of a Confederate offensive by Gen. Jubal Early, Maj. Gen. Horatio Gouverneur Wright of Sheridan's VI Corps was actually most responsible for saving the capitol.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Lincoln is filling out his ticket for his luggage on the train trip to Washington, the familiar signature of ALincoln, which is familiar to audiences, is in an entirely different writing style that the destination of Washington.See more »
Quotes:
Abraham Lincoln:You know, Ann, I... I've always done a lot of dreaming. And lately it seems when I dream, your face gets mixed up in it.
Ann Rutledge:Does it really, Abe? Tell me about them, Lincoln.
Abraham Lincoln:Well, I... I feel as though I'm going to be seeing your face 'til the day I die. Course, I know that that'll be pretty hard on you to have to look at my face that long.
Ann Rutledge:Everybody to their own opinion.
Abraham Lincoln:Hmm?
Ann Rutledge:Well, I... I think it's the dearest, kindest, most beautiful face in the whole world.
Abraham Lincoln:Oh, Ann, Ann. Course, I know that's just flattery, but I love it.
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Soundtrack:
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Accomplished biopic of a noble politician, 25 November 2010
Author: Tim Kidner (tim@kidnerpix.com) from Salisbury, United Kingdom

It seems incredible the leaps and bounds that were made in less than ten years of cinema back some 90 years ago. D W Griffith's portrait of the great, noble pioneer in U.S politics has all the standard techniques and flourishes that now seem to have become the norm.

Walter Houston looks to be perfectly cast as 'Abe' - towering and dominant without being domineering and having that air of quiet authority. That he was humanitarian and resisted conflict whenever able to. It was nice also to have wife Mary's domestic quibbles thrown in, making this an interesting character study rather than a stiff history lesson.

As for history, no, I didn't learn a great deal, but didn't expect to. I wanted more to see how one of the great pioneering film directors portrayed another Great Man. The wonderfully produced epitaph in the final seconds showed testament to the power of them both.

Yes, the film's sound is hissy and pretty scratchy (I viewed it on-line at Internet Archive) but compared to most movies, certainly of that era and posted on that site, I found it surprisingly enjoyable and effortless.

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