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Lamar Trotti (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 June 1939 (USA) See more »
The story of Abraham Lincoln that has NEVER been told!
A fictionalized account of the early life of the American president as a young lawyer facing his greatest court case. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins See more »
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Young Henry Fonda is young Mr. Lincoln See more (83 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Henry Fonda ... Abraham Lincoln

Alice Brady ... Abigail Clay
Marjorie Weaver ... Mary Todd

Arleen Whelan ... Sarah Clay
Eddie Collins ... Efe Turner
Pauline Moore ... Ann Rutledge
Richard Cromwell ... Matt Clay

Donald Meek ... Prosecutor John Felder
Judith Dickens ... Carrie Sue (credit only)
Eddie Quillan ... Adam Clay
Spencer Charters ... Judge Herbert A. Bell

Ward Bond ... John Palmer Cass
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tiny Jones ... Townswoman (scenes deleted) (as Elizabeth Jones)

Eddy Waller ... Father (scenes deleted)
Clarence Wilson ... Dr. Mason (scenes deleted)
Ernie Adams ... Man with Lynch Mob (uncredited)
Sam Ash ... Townsman Dancing at Party (uncredited)
Arthur Aylesworth ... New Salem Townsman (uncredited)

Dorris Bowdon ... Carrie Sue (uncredited)
Virginia Brissac ... Peach Pie Baker (uncredited)
Paul E. Burns ... Loafer (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Loafer (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ... Sheriff Gil Billings (uncredited)
Frank Dae ... Townsman (uncredited)
Francis Ford ... Sam Boone (uncredited)
Harold Goodwin ... Jeremiah Carter (uncredited)

Charles Halton ... Hawthorne (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood ... Tug-o'-War Contest Official (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Mr. Clay (uncredited)

Dickie Jones ... Adam Clay as a Boy (uncredited)

Jack Kelly ... Matt Clay as a Boy (uncredited)

Fred Kohler Jr. ... Scrub White (uncredited)
Kay Linaker ... Mrs. Edwards (uncredited)

Robert Lowery ... Juror Bill Killian (uncredited)
Jim Mason ... Juror (uncredited)
Louis Mason ... Court Clerk (uncredited)

Edwin Maxwell ... John T. Stuart (uncredited)
Sylvia McClure ... Baby Clay (uncredited)
Ivor McFadden ... Juror (uncredited)
Tom McGuire ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Robert Milasch ... Townsman (uncredited)
Dave Morris ... Loafer (uncredited)
Frank Orth ... Loafer (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Big Buck Troop (uncredited)
Steven Randall ... Juror (uncredited)

Robert Shaw ... Dancer in Ballroom Seen Dancing with Old Woman (uncredited)
Russell Simpson ... Woolridge (uncredited)

Milburn Stone ... Stephen A. Douglas (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... Ninian Edwards (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ... Barber (uncredited)
Dorothy Vaughan ... Apple Pie Baker (uncredited)
Billy Watson ... Boy on Right of Bean Shooter (uncredited)
Delmar Watson ... Admiring Boy in New Salem (uncredited)

Directed by
John Ford 
Writing credits
Lamar Trotti (original screenplay)

Produced by
Kenneth Macgowan .... associate producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon (photography)
Arthur C. Miller (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Walter Thompson (film editor)
Robert Parrish (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Mark-Lee Kirk 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Royer (costumes)
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wingate Smith .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Robert Parrish .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
David Buttolph .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... conductor (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Louis Silvers .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Van Loan .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Rosemary Benét .... poet: poem "Nancy Hanks"
Crew verified as complete

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100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Finland:S | Portugal:M/6 (Qualidade) | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video) | USA:Approved (PCA #5216)

Did You Know?

Henry Fonda wore specially made boots that made him appear taller.See more »
Continuity: When comparing a farmer's dog to Scrub White, Abe's hand leaves the bench between shots.See more »
[Lincoln and Felder are picking jurors for the trial of Matt and Adam Clay]
Prosecutor John Felder:Mr. Lincoln should know that the mere fact that a prospective juror knows counsel for the state does not disqualify him.
Abe Lincoln:I know that, John. What I'm afraid of is that some of the jurors might NOT know you... and that'd put me at a great disadvantage.
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Movie Connections:
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Young Henry Fonda is young Mr. Lincoln, 9 December 2000
Author: Craig Smith ( from Toledo, Ohio

Henry Fonda brilliantly captures what we have long believed Abraham Lincoln was like. It is a fooler. Through Fonda's performance we are led to believe (on the surface) that Abraham Lincoln was a country bumpkin. But, through his confrontation with the lynch mob and especially during the court proceedings, you can see that beneath the exterior posturings is a brilliant man who has a very good command of what is going on around him and how to influence the people around him.

In this movie Henry Fonda shows that he has a very good grasp of how to present humor. It is an aspect of him that has been lost over the years. When he is telling stories and jokes he has the timing down perfect. There is a sequence in the trial that had me laughing quite hard. He shows this gift again in The Lady Eve in 1940.

The ending by John Ford is absolutely brilliant with Henry Fonda going to the top of a hill and in the distance a tremendous storm symbolic of the Civil War. He goes forward into history. The movie is fiction but the insight into Lincoln is tremendous. Definitely worth seeing again.

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