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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."
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Based on Robert E. Sherwood's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
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Raymond Massey and Howard Da Silva repeat their roles from the original Broadway production in this film.
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Herbert Rudley repeats his role from the original stage production.
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Film debut of Herbert Rudley and Ruth Gordon.
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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.
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 22, 1940 with Raymond Massey reprising his film role.
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"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.
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Second-in-command to Robert E. Lee when he led the detachment that captured John Brown was Lieutenant James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart. When both joined the Confederacy during the Civil War, Stuart became Lee's most trusted cavalry commander and Lee referred to him as his "eyes and ears."
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Raymond Massey received an Oscar nomination for playing the title role in this film. 72 years later, Daniel Day-Lewis was nominated, and won, for playing the part in Lincoln (2012). While they were not the first pair of actors to receive Oscar nominations for playing the same role, 72 years does mark the longest difference in time between such nominations. To date, the only actors to win Oscars for the same role are Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro.
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Charles Middleton, who plays Lincoln's father, Tom, in ABE LINCOLN IN ILLINOIS, played Abe Lincoln in THE PHANTOM PRESIDENT.
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Director John Cromwell's son, actor James Cromwell, has played two real life Presidents (George Bush in W. (2008) and Lyndon Johnson in 'RFK (2002)(TV)').
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John Cromwell:  abolitionist John Brown. In his next film role, Santa Fe Trail (1940), Raymond Massey portrayed John Brown. Massey went on to reprise the role of Lincoln in the 1953 stage dramatization of the poem "John Brown's Body", in the first television production of "The Day Lincoln Was Shot", and in the Cinerama film "How The West Was Won" (in which he had no spoken lines). He reprised the role of John Brown onstage in "John Brown's Body" and in the 1955 low-budget film "Seven Angry Men". But Massey played mostly villains onscreen.
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