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Lincoln in the White House (1939)

Approved  |   |  Short, Drama, History  |  11 February 1939 (USA)
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This short chronicles Abraham Lincoln's presidency from his inauguration through delivery of the Gettysburg Address.


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Complete credited cast:
Frank McGlynn Sr. ...
John Harron ...
Raymond Brown ...
Erville Alderson ...
Sibyl Harris ...
Mrs. Scott


This dramatization begins with Lincoln's first inaugural address. We see his relationship with his wife and their young son Tad, Lincoln receiving news of the firing on Fort Sumter, disagreements within his cabinet, their dark anticipation of Lee's victory at Gettysburg, Lincoln's characteristic quiet at the news of victory there, the President's pardoning of a Wisconsin boy who's fallen asleep at his post, Tad's illness, and the Gettysburg address. Written by <>

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Short | Drama | History






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11 February 1939 (USA)  »

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Technicolor Classics (1938-1939 season) #4: Lincoln in the White House  »

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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reel #9023-9024. See more »


Edited into March On, America! (1942) See more »


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Nice Short
7 January 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Lincoln in the White House (1939)

*** (out of 4)

Technicolor short showing Abraham Lincoln (Frank McGlynn, Sr.) taking office and leading up to his Gettysburg Address. This film runs just twenty-minutes so it doesn't have time to go into great detail but I thought it did a pretty good job and I'm sure those unfamiliar with these events would find this very entertaining. The Technicolor really adds a lot to the film and makes it stand out compared to other films and shorts from this era that took a look at the President. McGlynn seems to split opinions on his performance but I enjoyed it for the most part. I think he has some very awkward moments but I found most to these to be in his movements. The first time we see Lincoln and several scenes afterwards it appears the actor is walking around so stiff that the character had suffered a stroke. Dickie Moore does a nice job as Lincoln's son. Character actor John Harron co-stars.

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