The story of court-martialed Union soldier William Scott, who is slated for execution for sleeping on duty after he was sent for by Abraham Lincoln.



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Episode credited cast:
Robert Pastene ...
Betty Low ...
Mrs. Stowe
Noel Leslie ...
Samuel Stone
Susan Deddington
Charles Eggleston ...
William Steward
Robert McQueeney ...
James Macintosh
Katharine Raht ...
Mrs. Otherly (as Katherine Raht)
Harold McGee ...
Tim Cuffney
John Buckner ...
William Scott
Anthony Grey ...
Elias Price (as Antony Grey)
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The story of court-martialed Union soldier William Scott, who is slated for execution for sleeping on duty after he was sent for by Abraham Lincoln.

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26 May 1952 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


This original play includes the scene of Lincoln's assassination, but this was omitted in the telecast. See more »


In the opening scene, Abraham Lincoln is shown wearing a beard when two men approach him and ask him to run for the Republican nomination as President. Lincoln was actually clean-shaven throughout his Presidential campaign; he grew the famous beard between his election and his inauguration. See more »


Version of Abraham Lincoln (1924) See more »


A Lincoln Portrait
(fragment) (uncredited)
Music by Aaron Copland
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The dialog is the problem with this one...
26 September 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode of "Studio One" is an impressive looking biography of Abraham Lincoln from the time he accepted the Republican nomination in 1960 until just before he left to go to Ford's Theater...and to his death. For a TV production, it has very nice costumes and the folks who made it must have worked hard to make this all look good. However, it also has a HUGE problem--the dialog. Again and again, Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln (as well as others) talk as if they are talking for history books or for some omniscient eye--recording everything for posterity. So, instead of sounding human, which they certainly were, they speechify--talking AT the audience and making grand statements that sound more fake than a TV infomercial. The net result is a rather dull film which SHOULD have been much more interesting-- after all, it IS Abraham Lincoln we are talking about--not just some ordinary shmoe!

If you do watch it, and I DON'T recommend it as history SHOULD be exciting and realistic, look for James Dean in a small part as a soldier who falls asleep while on guard duty.

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