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Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) Poster

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Anachronisms 

Lincoln is shown playing "Dixie" on a Jew's harp. That portion of the film is ostensibly set in the year 1837, but most reliable sources indicate that "Dixie" wasn't written, publicly performed nor published before 1859. During the Civil War, Lincoln was known to be partial to the tune (it was almost as popular in the North in the 1860s as in the South), but it's unlikely he would have heard it in the 1830s.
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In the opening scene, where Lincoln gives his campaign speech for election to the Illinois legislature, he states he adheres to the principles of the Whig Party. The scene takes place in 1832, but the Whig Party wasn't formed until 1836. (In 1832 Lincoln was a National Republican, the Whigs' predecessor party.)
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Continuity 

When Abe crosses over fence to stand next to Ann there isn't as nearly the height difference between them as when they walk together along the fence.
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Ann's hands change position when talking with Abe about her red hair.
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At Ann's grave, Abe's knee touches the ground twice.
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The position of Abe's elbow changes between shots when telling Ann that he might go into law.
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When comparing a farmer's dog to Scrub White, Abe's hand leaves the bench between shots.
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Factual errors 

The 'Almanac Trial' took place in 1858, not in 1837 as is implied in this movie.
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Revealing mistakes 

At 41:20 into the film, an extension cord can be seen pulled into the back of the defendants mother's wagon after Henry Fonda says "get long, mule."
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