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?
The original Broadway production of "Abe Lincoln in Illinois " by Robert E. Sherwood
opened on October 15, 1938 at the Plymouth Theater, ran for 472 performances and won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1939. 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
[after a particularly hysterical outburst by Mary, he comes up to her; her back is to him
Why do you take every opportunity you can to make a public fool out of me and yourself? It's bad enough when you act like that in the privacy of our own home, but here in front of people! You're not to do that again, do you hear? You're never to do that again!
Mary Todd Lincoln
[she turns to face him amazed, then
You never spoke to me like that before. You lost your temper, Abe... you've never done that before.
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Referenced in The Oscars
The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
Played and Sung by the crowd at the end See more