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Brigham Young (1940)

In 1844, after the assassination of Mormon leader Joseph Smith by an angry mob in Illinois, the Mormons choose Brigham Young as their new leader and follow him to a new promised land in Utah.

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Angus Duncan
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Eliza Kent
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Mary Ann Young
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Mary Kent (as Ann Todd)
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Heber Kimball
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Hubert Crum (as Frank Thomas)
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Storyline

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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Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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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

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

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

Soundtracks

Shimalong Joe
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Composer unknown
Played by a band at the party and sung by Fuzzy Knight
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Vincent Price as Joseph Smith
9 September 2009 | by (New England, United States) – See all my reviews

I noticed that a few of the comments above mentioned that Vincent Price was a strange pick, or "over the top," or whatever, as Joseph Smith.

Before seeing the film, I also thought that seeing Vincent Price as Joseph Smith was a bit odd, but as others have said, this is because of the many *later* horror/thriller films he appeared in.

"Brigham Young," by IMDb's count, was only Price's *seventh* film, and at the time, I'm confident that he had not yet cemented his "creepy" persona.

Generally, though, I echo what has been written-- not completely accurate (what historical film is?) but characters are portrayed fairly and the film was entertaining.


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