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Release Date:
19 April 1940 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Humble Abraham Lincoln gains the respect of his Illinois neighbors, growing in stature and respect until he is elected President in 1860 and departs for Washington. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
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How Lincoln really sounded... See more (29 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Raymond Massey ... Abe Lincoln

Gene Lockhart ... Stephen Douglas

Ruth Gordon ... Mary Todd Lincoln
Mary Howard ... Ann Rutledge
Minor Watson ... Joshua Speed
Alan Baxter ... Billy Herndon
Harvey Stephens ... Ninian Edwards
Howard Da Silva ... Jack Armstrong (as Howard da Silva)
Dorothy Tree ... Elizabeth Edwards

Aldrich Bowker ... Judge Bowling Green
Maurice Murphy ... John McNeil
Louis Jean Heydt ... Mentor Graham
Clem Bevans ... Ben Mattling
Harlan Briggs ... Denton Offut
Herbert Rudley ... Seth Gale
Andy Clyde ... Stage Driver
Roger Imhof ... Mr. Crimmin
Edmund Elton ... Mr. Rutledge
Leona Roberts ... Mrs. Rutledge
Florence Roberts ... Mrs. Bowling Green

George Rosener ... Dr. Chandler
Trevor Bardette ... John Hanks
Syd Saylor ... John Johnston
Elisabeth Risdon ... Sarah Lincoln

Charles Middleton ... Tom Lincoln
Alec Craig ... Trum Cogdall
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erville Alderson ... Stonewall Jackson (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Onlooker at Debate (uncredited)
Henry Blair ... Tad Lincoln (uncredited)
Ed Brady ... Raft Steerer (uncredited)
Sonny Bupp ... Willie Lincoln (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Tom Chatterton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Dan Clark ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Politician (uncredited)
Jane Corcoran ... Woman on Street (uncredited)
John Cromwell ... John Brown (uncredited)
Cecil Cunningham ... Undetermined Supporting Role (uncredited)
Esther Dale ... Lincoln's Cook (uncredited)
Dick Elliott ... Politician (uncredited)
Robert Elliott ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Fern Emmett ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Paul Everton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Edward Fielding ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Politician (uncredited)
Peggy Ann Garner ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Gus Glassmire ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Adda Gleason ... Maid (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ... Onlooker at Debate (uncredited)
George Guhl ... Greeley's Secretary (uncredited)
Paul Guilfoyle ... Minor Role (uncredited)
C. Hayes ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Fay Helm ... Mrs. Seth Gale (uncredited)
Dell Henderson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Humphries ... Daniel Webster (uncredited)

George Irving ... Colonel Robert E. Lee (uncredited)
Selmer Jackson ... Aide to Stephen Douglas (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Abe's Friend (uncredited)
Victor Kilian ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Middlemass ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Edwin Mills ... Robert Lincoln (uncredited)
Emory Parnell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Kathleen Proctor ... Woman on Street (uncredited)
Lorin Raker ... Minor Role (uncredited)
William Royle ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Florence Rutledge ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Kathryn Sheldon ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Napoleon Simpson ... Gobey (uncredited)
John St. Polis ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Landers Stevens ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Guy Usher ... Douglas's Crony (uncredited)
Edward Van Sloan ... Dr. Barrett (uncredited)
Bryant Washburn ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Dorothea Wolbert ... Woman in Store (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Horace Greeley (uncredited)
William Worthington ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
John Cromwell 
 
Writing credits
Robert E. Sherwood (by)

Robert E. Sherwood (screen play)

Grover Jones (adaptation)

Produced by
Max Gordon .... producer
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb (musical score)
 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Hively (edited by)
 
Casting by
Charles Richards (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Set Decoration by
Casey Roberts (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
James R. Barker .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Don L. Cash .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Fred Frederick .... wig designer (uncredited)
Doris Harris .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Norbert A. Myles .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Hazel Rogers .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Maurice Seiderman .... makeup artist: raymond massey (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Harold Lewis .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dewey Starkey .... assistant director
William Dorfman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Harry Mancke .... assistant director (uncredited)
Grayson Rogers .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Carroll Clark .... associate art director
William Hartman .... props (uncredited)
Charles Matthews .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... recordist
Dan Kellerber .... sound stage manager (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
Horace L. Hulburd .... special effects (uncredited)
W. Kimpton .... special effects (uncredited)
D. Kohler .... special effects (uncredited)
Kenny Koontz .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Emmett Bergholz .... assistant camera (uncredited)
H.J. Brandon .... grip (uncredited)
Stan Chandler .... grip (uncredited)
James Daly .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Eugene Fribourge .... grip (uncredited)
Earl Gilpin .... grip (uncredited)
Ledge Haddow .... assistant camera (uncredited)
William Handy .... grip (uncredited)
Emil Harris .... grip (uncredited)
Alexander Kahle .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jack McCrackin .... grip (uncredited)
William Monroe .... electrician (uncredited)
Eddie Pyle .... second camera operator (uncredited)
William Record .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Walter Plunkett .... wardrobe
Frank Carr .... second wardrobe man (uncredited)
Tommy Clark .... first wardrobe man (uncredited)
Bert Hall .... wardrobe: Raymond Massey (uncredited)
Ann Landers .... wardrobe: ladies (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Douglas Travers .... montage
 
Other crew
David Robel .... dance director
Stafford Campbell .... stand-in: Raymond Massey (uncredited)
Adele Cannon .... script clerk (uncredited)
Lillian K. Deighton .... technical director (uncredited)
Corynn Kiehl .... script clerk (uncredited)
Charles Leonard .... publicist (uncredited)
Louis Shapiro .... location manager (uncredited)
 
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110 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
"Theater Guild on the Air" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 9, 1947 with Raymond Massey reprising his film role.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Near the end of the movie, we see Raymond Massey tieing a string around a chest. On the chest it reads: "A. Lincoln- White House." This is factually incorrect. During Lincoln's time, the White House was known as the "Executive Mansion." The term, "White House" was not coined until the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt, some forty years after the Lincoln Presidency.See more »
Quotes:
Ninian Edwards:[after he withdraws from politics] What'll yuh do, Abe?
Abraham Lincoln:Judge Stuart's offered me a chance to work in his law office in Springfield. Course I don't know much about the law, but there's one thing I've learned here in politics... that ignorance is no obstacle to advancement. In fact, in some cases it's quite an advantage.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
John Brown's BodySee more »

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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
How Lincoln really sounded..., 22 February 2007
Author: jpowell180 from Birmingham, Al.

If you've ever wanted to hear what Abe Lincoln sounded like, this is the film you'll want to see. Lincoln is portrayed by the late Canadian actor Raymond Massey - who, amongst many other roles, is also remembered from HG Welles' Things to Come, the screenplay of which was written by HG Welles himself. Early in Massey's career, Lincoln's son, Robert Todd Lincoln, heard him perform and was struck by the similarity between Massey's speaking voice and that of his father. Since there are no recordings of Lincoln from that era shortly before Edison invented the Gramophone, we have to rely on descriptions of his voice. Some from that time state Lincoln's voice was high-pitched, and that Massey did not do the voice properly - however, I tend to give more credence to a living witness, Lincoln's own eldest son who, though he died 14 years prior to this film, still had the opportunity to see Massey on stage and hear his voice. Massey got it right, and this is one wonderful film - too bad I haven't found it on DVD - the next time it airs on TMC I'll have to record a DVD of it for myself.

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