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

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Director:
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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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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Cast

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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)
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Directed by
D.W. Griffith 
 
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 by)
 
Film Editing by
James Smith (film editor)
 
Set Decoration by
William Cameron Menzies (settings)
 
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)
 
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
 
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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:
USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
The line Abraham Lincoln speaks about how during Reconstruction he will treat the Southern states "as if they had never been away" was recycled from D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915), in which it was "spoken" as a title by actor (and future director) Joseph Henabery as Lincoln.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:Miss Todd, you thought my face was funny, and the way I dressed was funnier, but the joke's on you.
Mary Todd Lincoln:Why? I don't understand.
Abraham Lincoln:Wait'll yuh dance with me.
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Soundtrack:
Battle Hymn of the RepublicSee more »

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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Griffith showed a new maturity for sound, 10 July 2004
Author: zpzjones from East Coast, U.S.A.

This being a presidential election year made me curious about this early talkie. I had seen it before but it's been a while and so I wanted to actually go through a diagnosis of the movie itself. So I dragged out an old A&E VHS made copy. Griffith had tackled the Booth assassination of Lincoln before in the silent Birth of A Nation. Here he did it in sound and Ian Keith is great as John Wilkes Booth: "S-I-C T-E-M-P-E-R T-Y-R-A-N-N-I-S... As he yells after he shoots Lincoln at Ford's theatre and jumps onto the stage. And Walter Huston is much more Lincolnesque than Henry Fonda would be ten years later. Also the scene where Lincoln & U.S. Grant are conversating over cigars was kind of priceless. Una Merkel is compelling in an early film performance as Lincoln's first wife Ann Rutledge.

This was Griffith's first sound film and he shows a somewhat uneasiness with the new medium but what director didn't in 1930. Griffith faired better than most. If you can look past the oldness of the film you'll see that this is pretty much a straight forward & accurate & well made(by 1930 standards) telling of the events of Lincoln's life. The sort of way Masterpiece Theatre would later tell stories episodically over many hours decades later. Griffith shows an aptitude for shooting that had already happened in the late silents of Hollywood. He makes quality use of the moving camera. Roving in and out of some scenes. The shot where the soldiers are fighting in trenches during the Civil War are similar to the same kind of shot Lewis Milestone did in All's Quiet On the Western Front which also came out in 1930. But even both of these films hark back to Griffith's own scene in Birth of A Nation where the South is battling the North and the Colonel jumps out of the trench to stoke a cannon.

This was not Griffith's first experiment with sound. He had shot some experimental dialogue scenes for his 1921 feature Dream Street. A short 1921 intro to Dream Street with Griffith talking up the film still exists as well as a 1930 sitdown interview with Huston promo-ing Abraham Lincoln. But Abraham Lincoln showed a 'newer' Griffith. Moving away from the static camera of which he was famous and adopting a more fluid style which was recently introduced by some German directors. Griffith even this late still liked old fashioned 19th century melodrama stories. Lincoln's life story is certainly a subject he could sink his teeth into. He had done bits and parts of Lincoln's life before particularly the Ford's Theatre scene in BoAN. Abraham Lincoln is Not necessarily a great film nor the best of 1930 but a very interesting foray into sound by a great film pioneer and like mentioned before a lot of the Lincoln life is covered quite surprisingly well.

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