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Abraham Lincoln 

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.


Paul Nickell


John Drinkwater (by), Fletcher Markle (creator) | 1 more credit »


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Episode credited cast:
Judith Evelyn ... Mary Lincoln
Robert Pastene Robert Pastene ... Abraham Lincoln
Harry Townes ... Hook
Betty Low Betty Low ... Mrs. Stowe
Noel Leslie Noel Leslie ... Jennings
Frank Overton ... Samuel Stone
Jean Adair ... Susan Deddington
Charles Eggleston Charles Eggleston ... William Steward
Robert McQueeney Robert McQueeney ... James Macintosh
Katharine Raht Katharine Raht ... Mrs. Otherly (as Katherine Raht)
Harold McGee Harold McGee ... Tim Cuffney
John Buckner John Buckner ... Clerk
James Dean ... William Scott
Anthony Grey Anthony Grey ... Elias Price (as Antony Grey)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Betty Furness ... Self - Commercial Spokeswoman


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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The final scene of the telecast is almost completely rewritten from the original play. See more »


The Emancipation Proclamation didn't free all the U.S. slaves, just those in the states that had seceded and joined the Confederacy. The slaves in the so-called "border states" (which had had slavery before the war but had not seceded) remained in bondage until passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. See more »


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Introduction from "Le Coq d' Or"
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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James Dean and Abraham Lincoln are Melted Into Thin Air
27 February 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In 1860, Abraham Lincoln (Robert Pastene) considers an offer to run for President of the United States, from the fledgling Republican Party. It's not smooth sailing for Mr. Lincoln, who is an anti-slavery Unionist. After praying to the Lord, Lincoln decides he must lead the country. Alas, the new war-hating President is unable to prevent the country from taking up arms. Lincoln struggles to end the Civil War honorably. Ultimately victorious, Lincoln saves the Union, and frees the country's slaves. You should know how it ends…

James Dean has a small, but pivotal role. Appearing late in the hour, Mr. Dean is "William Scott", a Union soldier court-martialed for falling asleep on guard. Lincoln is a empathetic Commander-in-Chief; he pardons Dean, and shakes his remorseful hand. Later, Lincoln's fate is artfully woven with the character played by Dean - and, this is where playwright John Drinkwater gives the story some originality, and depth.

Dean's performance is good, albeit lip-biting. Mr. Pastene makes a fine Lincoln, managing to avoid hitting any microphones with the exaggerated hats he is given to wear. And, his remarkably level-headed wife, Judith Evelyn (as Mary Lincoln), recites "Our revels now are ended…" from Shakespeare's "The Tempest" very nicely. Of course, the Lincolns had to be fans of William Shakespeare.

As of this posting, IMDb doesn't list the teleplay's cast: Judith Evelyn (as Mary Lincoln), Robert Pastene (as Abraham Lincoln) Harry Townes (as Hook), Betty Low (as Mrs. Stowe), Noel Leslie (as Jennings), Frank Overton (as Samuel Stone), Jean Adair (as Susan Deddington), Charles Egelston (as William Seward), Robert McQueeney as James Macintosh), Katherine Raht (as Mrs. Otherly), Harold McGee (as Timothy Cuffney), John Buckwater (as Clerk), James Dean (as William Scott), and Anthony Grey (as Elias Price).

****** Abraham Lincoln (5/26/52) Paul Nickell ~ Robert Pastene, Judith Evelyn, James Dean

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26 May 1952 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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