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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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Cast

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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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The Great American Motion Picture !


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27 September 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brigham Young: Frontiersman  »

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Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)
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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

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

Joseph Smith: Perhaps it's time to show a different kind of courage... and do something besides being killed for what we believe.
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Connections

Featured in Religulous (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
(1848) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Foster
Included in the score often throughout the film
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Good Historical Fiction--Great Acting!
18 December 2000 | by (Logan, Utah) – See all my reviews

Hollywood cannot do justice to History, but this was not a bad attempt. As a Mormon, I found it tastefully done and essentially accurate. The cast was great. Of course, many details were missing or changed, but that is the nature of history and this movie did a good job of portraying the emotions that bring history alive.


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