Young Abraham Lincoln (Walter Huston)refuses to be constrained to a country-yokel existence in his native Springfield, Illinois. His vision of a higher calling is actively supported by his lady love, Ann Rutledge (Una Merkel). Lincoln’s success as a lawyer brings him to the notice of political kingmakers as a possible candidate for the American Presidency. Personal tragedy strikes when Ann is taken from him by an untreatable disease – he marries the eccentric Mary Todd on the emotional rebound, but not without misgivings. Attaining the Presidency, Lincoln finds himself required to take a stand on segregation issues between whites and blacks – his historical decision to free colored Southern slaves catalyzes the infamous Civil War. Compelling scenes of personal doubt – and victory over it – lead up to final victory…and the emancipation of the Western world from the evil of slavery. However, bigoted political detractors, headed by John Wilkes Booth (Ian Keith)take a drastically different viewpoint of this development...
Running Time: 90 Minutes MPAA Ratings: G
"In portraying the life of America’s most celebrated president, Director D.W. Dixon succeeds in capturing a depth of human elements that no subsequent films have achieved. From the rustic, rural charm of his native Springfield to the volatile political intrigue of Washington, Lincoln retains his vulnerable, yet profoundly strong humanistic character.
The pathos of Ann Rutledge’s death scene has been compared to that of Ali McGraw’s Jenny in ‘Love Story’, and its long-term effects on Lincoln’s later life have been brilliantly reproduced. The causes and ramifications of Civil War, the despair of possible failure, the exultant victory and the tragic end of American history’s most significant presidencies is a historic movie experience you will never forget…"
"After watching this classic rendition of Abraham Lincoln’s most important years (Abraham Lincoln from A2ZCDS), I know for sure that such a life has not been before and will not be again. He was a man – a real man who felt love, joy, despair and hurt just like you and I do. This is more than a historical film – this is an immortal tribute to this country’s greatest statesman…"
Cassandra P. Breckenridge (Barre, VERMONT)
"D.W. Griffith’s early classical film ‘Abraham Lincoln’ is a life-changing experience, and all the more so because it is in black and white. Walter Huston has put in a brilliant piece of acting, and I can’t imagine any other giving a comparable performance. I will never take this nation’s extent of personal freedom for granted again."
Julian Dunaway (Hot Springs, ARKANSAS)
Jason Robards, Sr - Herndon
Frank Campeau - Gen. Sheridan
Oscar Apfel - Stanton
E. Alyn Warren - Stephen Douglas
Helen Ware - Edwards
Henry Walthall - Col. Marshall
Gordon Thorpe - Tad Lincoln
William L. Thorne - Tom Lincoln
Russell Simpson - Lincoln's Employer
Cameron Prud 'Homme - John Hay
Lucille La Verne - Midwife
Otto Hoffman - Offut
Helen Freeman - Nancy Hanks Lincoln
Mary Forbes - Woman
James C. Eagles - Young Soldier
Edgar Dearing - Armstrong
Charles Crockett - Sheriff
James Bradbury - Gen. Scott
Al Rockett - producer (uncredited)
Ray Rockett - producer (uncredited)
John W. Considine Jr. - Writing Credits
Gerrit J. Lloyd - Writing Credits
Karl Struss - Cinematography
John W. Considine Jr.- Editor
James Smith- Editor
Joseph M. Schenck- Executive Producer
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