Biopic of Abe Lincoln, 16th President of he United States, from his early days in backwoods Kentucky to his election as President. After a time running livestock to New Orleans, he settles in New Salem where he meets and falls in love with Ann Rutledge who is already engaged to someone. Abe makes a home for himself in New Salem, eventually running a store and becoming the postmaster. He's popular with the locals and is eventually elected to the State legislature but afterward established himself in the practice of law. He eventually meets Mary Todd who would become his wife and and is sent to Washington as a Congressman before he is elected president. Written by
Did You Know?
After his success playing Lincoln in the film and on Broadway, Raymond Massey
began to assume the character in real life. He often appeared at social gatherings dressed in Lincoln-esque attire, assuming a Lincoln-like manner and speech. His friend, the playwright George S. Kaufman
, observed, "Massey won't be satisfied until someone assassinates him." See more
Lincoln's House Divided Against Itself speech occurred when he accepted the Illinois Republican Party's nomination for U.S. Senator and not at any of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. See more
Gentlemen, I may not know as much as you about economics and theology, but I do know politics and what is the essential quality that we demand in our candidate. It is simply this: that he be able to get himself elected.
Well, there's something in what you say.
And do you think he can do it?
I tell you, gentlemen, in that uncouth rail splitter you may observe one of the slickest, smoothest politicians that ever hoodwinked a yokel mob.
The GIrl He Left Behind Him
Traditional military marching song
Instrumental version heard at campaign rally. See more