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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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Dull, but Interesting from an historical perspective See more (37 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
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:
1.20 : 1 See more »
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:
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:
Lincoln adviser:Oh, by the way, Mrs. Lincoln, have you met General Grant?
Mary Todd Lincoln:[Laconically] Ah met'em. Took us a week to get the smoke out of the curtains.
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Soundtrack:
Battle Hymn of the RepublicSee more »

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Dull, but Interesting from an historical perspective, 5 March 2008
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

Famous silent film director D. W. Griffiths gave us this plodding straightforward historical biopic of the sixteenth president of the United States. As one of Griffiths' few attempts at 'talkies', Abraham Lincoln is by no means outstanding. Like other films of the period, some of the actors (especially Ian Keith as J.W. Booth and Walter Huston as Lincoln) overact their gestures and facial expressions. While others overcompensate for the new medium and seem to play their roles too subtly (Una Merkel's Ann Rutledge).

The film tells the story of Lincoln's rise from humble roots to become one of the most accomplished American orators of all time, while retaining the plain-spoken character that endeared him to the nation. The film uses an appreciative tone, and does not fairly represent Lincoln's considerable political acumen and the very calculated campaign strategies which put him in office. Instead, Griffiths chose to present Lincoln as the good, but somewhat melancholic president we know him to have been.

The story is told in a series of vignettes depicted in scenes of about equal length - probably a limitation of the film technology available at the time. This mode of presentation does nothing to reduce the boredom factor. Most of the lines are pronounced very clearly with lengthy unnatural pauses between each line. Clearly, Griffiths was a little uncomfortable in the new sound medium and did not wish to experiment a great deal with it. The film picks up a bit as the civil war becomes its main focus. And some of the battle scenes are classic Griffiths' near-silent cinematography. However, even this is somewhat muted by the scenes of the president brooding over the dispatches he receives from his generals describing defeat after defeat.

Recommended for early film buffs and young Lincoln afficionados only

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