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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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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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"A nightmare of the mind and nerves" indeed, for Griffith and us! See more (36 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)
 
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:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (MovieTone)
Certification:
USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Because Walter Huston was much shorter than the real Abraham Lincoln, he wore six-inch elevator shoes through most of the film. This is particularly noticeable in the long shots.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In Ford's theater, Booth entered through a door behind Mary Todd, to the president's right. In reality, he entered through a door to the back left of Lincoln, and fired just below Lincoln's left ear. The movie also shows him jumping from the box through the far left opening (facing the front); once again, he actually jumped through the right opening, directly in front of the president, nicking the corner of Washington's picture with the spur on his ankle, causing him to stumble when he fell, breaking his ankle.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:
The Battle Cry of FreedomSee more »

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19 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
"A nightmare of the mind and nerves" indeed, for Griffith and us!, 26 January 2000
Author: BobLib from Cherry Hill, New Jersey

No doubt about it, D.W. Griffith was one of the great directors of the early silent era. "Birth of a Nation," "Intolerance," "Orphans of the Storm," even a lesser-known film like "The Musketeers of Pig Alley" are all now regarded as classics. Unfortunately, for whatever reasons, Griffith couldn't maintain his success record, and, by the time he made his first all-talking film, "Abraham Lincoln," he was in the midst of a major slump that he just couldn't pull out of. The film is static, stilted, and moves at a snail's pace. Walter Huston, Ian Keith, Henry B. Walthall, and most of the rest of the cast all had distinguished careers in sound films, but here they are merely wasted, unable to cope with the tedious dialogue and Griffith's uncharacteristicly stiff direction. Worst-served of all, though, is Una Merkel, here in one of her first films. I can't believe that Anne Rutlidge could have been such a sugary simp as we're led to believe by her performance here, and her death scene is only exceeded for bathos by Ali McGraw in the last scene of "Love Story." In sum, a major disappointment, a good cast wasted, and a sad farewell form one of American film's true pioneers. Griffith described making this film as "a nightmare of the mind and nerves," and, unfortunately, that's just what it is, for him and us.

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