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The true story of the famous Mormon leader, Brigham Young and his battle to transport his people across the Rocky mountains to settle in Salt Lake City. The plot focuses on two of his ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Zina Webb - The Outsider
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Angus Duncan
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Eliza Kent
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Mary Ann Young
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Jean Rogers ...
Ann E. Todd ...
Mary Kent (as Ann Todd)
Willard Robertson ...
Heber Kimball
Moroni Olsen ...
Doc Richards
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Stanley Andrews ...
Frank M. Thomas ...
Hubert Crum (as Frank Thomas)
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The true story of the famous Mormon leader, Brigham Young and his battle to transport his people across the Rocky mountains to settle in Salt Lake City. The plot focuses on two of his people, Jonathan Kent and Zina Webb and the hardships they have to face along the way. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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27 September 1940 (USA)  »

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Brigham Young: Frontiersman  »

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(FMC Library Print) | (copyright length)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Sepiatone)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Moroni Olsen was the only principal cast member who was a Mormon. Dean Jagger was not a member of that church when he portrayed its leader, but he did join some 32 years later. See more »

Goofs

The burial marker was dated June 3, 1845 for Eliza Kent. Talk the next day was about the gold discovery in California. Some Mormon men working for mill operator James Marshall had been in a group landing on the west coast. The day reported for the discovery was January 24, 1848. See more »

Quotes

Brigham Young: [to his people after reaching the Great Salt Lake] This is the place.
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Connections

Edited into The Unauthorized Hagiography of Vincent Price (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
(1848) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Foster
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Mormons: what do you think? I liked this picture.
31 January 2000 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

I rented this film because of my interest in American history, and especially the somewhat weird story of the Mormons. This movie attempts to make some sense out of how Joseph Smith could turn his "vision" into a major world religion. It first focuses on the troubles the Mormons had in their settlement at Navuoo, Illinois. It portrays the trial of Joseph Smith. Within the course of that trial, Brigham Young stands up to tell of his conversion to Mormonism, and of his belief in the spiritual message of Smith. Then Smith is assassinated, and Young must deal with his own doubts about whether he has been chosen to lead the Mormons to a new land. Despite his grave doubts, he perseveres, and finally has a vision (that Utah is the place for his colony) that gives him confidence in the rightness of his leadership. Later, as crops are destroyed by crickets, he again doubts that he has truly been chosen--however, a miracle occurs, which cements his place in history.

I found the performances to be moving, and the story to be convincing and interesting. I would love to know whether Mormons believe that this is an accurate portrayal. Polygamy is a part of the story, but the reasons why this is central to LDS are not raised. The issue is not emphasized.

I'm sure people stay away from this movie because of its religious subject-matter, but it has a great cast and will hold your interest throughout.


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