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Abraham Lincoln (1930)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 8 November 1930 (USA)
An episodic biography of the 16th President of the United States.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Tom Lincoln (as W.L. Thorne)
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Mid-Wife
Helen Freeman ...
Nancy Hanks Lincoln
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Edgar Dearing ...
Armstrong (as Edgar Deering)
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Lincoln's Employer
Charles Crockett ...
Sheriff
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Mrs. Edwards
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Stephen A. Douglas / General Grant
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Herndon (as Jason Robards)
Gordon Thorpe ...
Tad Lincoln
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John Wilkes Booth
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Brief vignettes about Lincoln's early life include his birth, early jobs, (unsubstantiated) affair with Ann Rutledge, courtship of Mary Todd, and the Lincoln-Douglas debates; his presidency and the Civil War are followed in somewhat more detail, though without actual battle scenes; film concludes with the assassination. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The wonder film of the century, about the most romantic figure who ever lived!


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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The line Abraham Lincoln speaks about how during Reconstruction he will treat the Southern states "as if they had never been away" was recycled from D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915), in which it was "spoken" as a title by actor (and future director) Joseph Henabery as Lincoln. See more »

Goofs

When Lincoln is filling out his ticket for his luggage on the train trip to Washington, the familiar signature of ALincoln, which is familiar to audiences, is in an entirely different writing style that the destination of Washington. See more »

Quotes

[an aide suggests that General Lee surrender]
Gen. Robert E. Lee: [Grasping sword] Surrender? My poor army! Why I'd rather die a thousand deaths than to do that to them.
Aide: There, there, General. You must lie down and rest.
Gen. Robert E. Lee: [Introspectively] Rest... that's a beautiful word.
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Referenced in 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
(1860) (uncredited)
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
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Accomplished biopic of a noble politician
25 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

It seems incredible the leaps and bounds that were made in less than ten years of cinema back some 90 years ago. D W Griffith's portrait of the great, noble pioneer in U.S politics has all the standard techniques and flourishes that now seem to have become the norm.

Walter Houston looks to be perfectly cast as 'Abe' - towering and dominant without being domineering and having that air of quiet authority. That he was humanitarian and resisted conflict whenever able to. It was nice also to have wife Mary's domestic quibbles thrown in, making this an interesting character study rather than a stiff history lesson.

As for history, no, I didn't learn a great deal, but didn't expect to. I wanted more to see how one of the great pioneering film directors portrayed another Great Man. The wonderfully produced epitaph in the final seconds showed testament to the power of them both.

Yes, the film's sound is hissy and pretty scratchy (I viewed it on-line at Internet Archive) but compared to most movies, certainly of that era and posted on that site, I found it surprisingly enjoyable and effortless.


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