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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 »
User Reviews:
D.W. Griffith's last hurrah: a tribute to Abraham Lincoln 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:
D.W. Griffith had previously filmed Abraham Lincoln's assassination at Ford's Theater in The Birth of a Nation (1915).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: General Lee repeatedly addresses an officer as Colonel, or Colonel Marshall, but the officer wears the insignia of a Captain on his collar.See more »
Quotes:
Abraham Lincoln:[to Mary] You need a lotta patience to put up with me, Mary, but if anyone can do it, I'm sure you're the one.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Battle Hymn of the RepublicSee more »

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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
D.W. Griffith's last hurrah: a tribute to Abraham Lincoln, 9 October 1998
Author: George R. Willeman from Culpeper, VA

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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