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Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 19 April 1940 (USA)
Humble Abraham Lincoln gains the respect of his Illinois neighbors, growing in stature and respect until he is elected President in 1860 and departs for Washington.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Abe Lincoln
... Stephen Douglas
... Mary Todd Lincoln
... Ann Rutledge
... Joshua Speed
... Billy Herndon
... Ninian Edwards
... Jack Armstrong (as Howard da Silva)
... Elizabeth Edwards
... Judge Bowling Green
... John McNeil
... Mentor Graham
... Ben Mattling
... Denton Offut
... Seth Gale
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Biopic of Abe Lincoln, 16th President of he United States, from his early days in backwoods Kentucky to his election as President. After a time running livestock to New Orleans, he settles in New Salem where he meets and falls in love with Ann Rutledge who is already engaged to someone. Abe makes a home for himself in New Salem, eventually running a store and becoming the postmaster. He's popular with the locals and is eventually elected to the State legislature but afterward established himself in the practice of law. He eventually meets Mary Todd who would become his wife and and is sent to Washington as a Congressman before he is elected president. Written by garykmcd

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Trivia

After his success playing Lincoln in the film and on Broadway, Raymond Massey began to assume the character in real life. He often appeared at social gatherings dressed in Lincoln-esque attire, assuming a Lincoln-like manner and speech. His friend, the playwright George S. Kaufman, observed, "Massey won't be satisfied until someone assassinates him." See more »

Goofs

When Lincoln breaks his engagement to Mary Todd in 1837, he looks at a flag with 22 stars, The only time the American flag had 22 stars was in 1819. The number of states increased to 23 with the admission of Maine one year later in 1820. In 1837 there were 26 states in the Union. See more »

Quotes

Lincoln's Cook: President of the United States! If they get him back there into Washington, he won't ever come out alive.
[a shocked Mary drops a pot]
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood or Bust (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

The GIrl He Left Behind Him
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Traditional military marching song
Instrumental version heard at campaign rally.
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Execellent beyond belief!!
17 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

I absolutely loved this movie! maybe it is because I am a history buff but I thought it was wonderful!. I am currently doing a project on Abraham Lincoln where my friends and I on working on a student directed film about Abraham Lincoln and you can not imagine how much this movie has helped me. This movie tells the tale of one of the greatest man in history and how he evolved along the way to become even greater. I can only hope that this movie will help someone see the wonders of his life as it helped me and as Honest Abe helped so many other people. I loved it when they showed his debate with Stephen Douglas. That was really the highlight of the movie because it showed him giving his real opinion and it caught my attention. His speech was amazing!! 10 thumbs up!!!! :D


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