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Abe Lincoln in Illinois
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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 »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
A beautiful movie about a great American See more (30 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)

Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... 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)
E.T. 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
 
Location Management
Louis Shapiro .... location manager (uncredited)
 
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)
 
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Runtime:
110 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Certification:
Finland:S | Spain:7 | Sweden:Btl | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:Approved (PCA #5619)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: A sign in the window says "Stuart and Lincoln, Counsellors At Law". The word counsellor would be the right spelling in England, but the American spelling is counselor with just one L.See more »
Quotes:
Mentor Graham:Well, Abe, there are always two occupations open to those who have failed at everything else: school teaching and politics.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Battle Cry of FreedomSee more »

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful movie about a great American, 23 February 2003
Author: William (wmattifo) from Lubbock, TX

This movie is breathtaking. It takes us back to a simpler time when America was still a "blank canvas" ready to be filled. Everyone must see this movie and remember the sacrifices that Abe Lincoln made for his beliefs. He gave his life for his country and this movie shows his humble beginnings and the humility of the man. This is what historical film-making is all about. Watch and enjoy!

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