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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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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

Eliza Kent's tomb "wheel" shows she died in 1843 on the trek west. But Joseph Smith did not die until 1844 and the saints did not leave Nauvoo until 1846. See more »

Quotes

Jonathan Kent: Even though we might be the last wagon, we'd never be the first to fall out.
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Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
(1848) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Foster
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It's inaccuracies aren't that inaccurate
28 June 2004 | by (springville utah) – See all my reviews

As another LDS viewer, I also like the film and find its hollywoodization of facts far less disturbing than say those of Stone's JFK. That said, I feel inclined to re-correct three facts that another LDS viewer pointed out. 1) While Joseph Smith was falsely imprisoned many times during his life, at the time of his murder he was under arrest, pending trial, for an offense he DID commit -- namely his ordering the destruction of the press of an opposition newspaper in Nauvoo. 2) While the slender 2/3rds majority of Nauvoo mormons did side with Brigham after Joseph's murder, roughly a third did not and scattered to the winds. And the issue of succession was by no means decided upon Joseph's death. It was nip and tuck, with several contenders vying for the crown, until Brigham's legendary 'immaculate impersonation' speech at conference. 3) I thought Vincent Price's portrayal of Joseph Smith was pretty good -- charismatic and visionary, somewhat other-worldly, but what do you expect.


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