Abe Lincoln in Illinois Movie Review 1940

Information and Film Reviews for Abe Lincoln in Illinois the Movie

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Massey considered this not only his finest film but a part he was "born to play." Correct on both counts, this Hollywood biography follows Lincoln from his log cabin days to his departure for the White House. The Lincoln-Douglass debate scene and Massey's post-presidential election farewell to the citizens of Illinois are nothing short of brilliant. Written by Sherwood from his Pulitzer-Prize winning play. Contrasted with the well-known "Young Mr. Lincoln" (Henry Fonda), its relative anonymity is perplexing.


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Available on VHS
Running time 110 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Historical Drama, Biopics: Politics, Presidency, Adapted from a Play, 4 Bones
Robert Sherwood
Raymond Massey, Gene Lockhart, Ruth Gordon, Mary Howard, Dorothy Tree, Harvey Stephens, Minor Watson, Alan Baxter, Howard da Silva, Maurice Murphy, Clem Bevans, Herbert Rudley
James Wong Howe
John Cromwell
Roy Webb
Max Gordon, RKO

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