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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 »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
Best ever portrayal of Lincoln on film. 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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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Mono (RCA Victor System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 22, 1940 with Raymond Massey reprising his film role.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The Lincoln-Douglas debates took place in 1858 - one year before John Brown attempted to seize the Harpers Ferry arsenal.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 Henry Fonda: The Man and His Movies (1982) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
John Brown's BodySee more »

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Best ever portrayal of Lincoln on film., 12 April 2006
Author: allvnev from United States

I have seen this film probably 15 times or more and have been a devotee of the Lincoln mythology (for lack of a better term) for nearly 20 years. I remember first seeing the film as a youngster on the same weekend as the death and funeral of President Kennedy in November of 1963. At that time, the two scenes that struck me as most memorable to my young mind was the one where the local woman tells Lincoln that he is the homeliest man in the county; and, the other scene where Lincoln is telling the slightly off-color joke to a crowd about the man fighting the bear. Also, another visual that sticks in my memory is the somewhat haunting scene where Lincoln revisits New Salem after the once thriving city has become a ghost-town.

There are several marvelous aspects of this movie. To begin with, is the near perfect physical and emotional representation of Lincoln by Raymond Massey. Given the photographs of the pre-president Lincoln, making Massey into sixteenth president seems nearly ordained from the beginning. The height, facial structure, and body type is nearly a perfect fit. Regarding how Lincoln spoke, it is hard to determine if that is an accurate representation or not. Historical accounts of Lincoln says that he had a rather high and not necessarily soothing voice. Since, it would be another 30 plus years before there is any kind of recording device, Massey's voice should seem appropriate enough.

Additionally, the cinematography is excellent. The on-location or natural shots are superior by black and white standards. Even though I am a devotee of black and white films, color films seem to have the upper hand when filming wide-open or rustic environments. The feel of the indoor scenes such as the ones within the Lincoln Springfield home is nearly perfect for the times. You can virtually smell the cigar smoke or the burning wood stove. Finally, the lighting during the campaign speech scenes are awesome.

But, the best part of the movie is how even with some artistic license the characters surrounding Lincoln are historically strong and represent in a film microcosm a very accurate historical reality of Lincoln's early years. For example, starting with Ruth Gordon's portrayal of Mary Linoln Todd. With her character, you can easily feel how much she effected Lincoln. Her persistent pressure on Lincoln to achieve political importance and her hard-nose, sometimes loving, sometimes bitter prescience is from my historical reading just about perfect. Since the film takes place before Lincoln is actually president, Mary Todd Lincoln's shenanigans within the White House or her emotional unraveling in her later years is not an issue here.

The romance demonstrated between Lincoln and Ann Rutledge, although later to be historically challenged, then even later to be considered historically (possibly) significant, is quite sadly moving. It is nicely juxtaposition-ed against the image of Mary Lincoln Todd.

Howard De Silva as New Salem's local ruffian is although somewhat embellished, still represents Lincoln's ability to relate to people from all walks of life. The film just seems to find the vital essence of young Lincoln before he became president.

The surreal, final scene of Lincoln leaving Springfield for Washington D.C. (again although actually happening during the day during a rainstorm)after giving one of his many great historical speeches ("this is where I have lived") catches the eerie but profound feel of how important his leadership is going to mean to the struggling republic. The playing of the "Battle Hymnn of the Republic" although premature, is still simple perfect.

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