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Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

Young Mr. Lincoln
7.5 Rating
(42 ratings)
7.7 IMDB rating

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Henry Fonda

Henry Fonda

Abraham Lincoln
Alice Brady

Alice Brady

Abigail Clay
Marjorie Weaver

Marjorie Weaver

Mary Todd
Arleen Whelan

Arleen Whelan

Sarah Clay
Eddie Collins

Eddie Collins

Efe Turner
Pauline Moore

Pauline Moore

Ann Rutledge
Richard Cromwell

Richard Cromwell

Matt Clay
Donald Meek

Donald Meek

Prosecutor John Felder


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Young Mr. Lincoln

1 year, 2 months ago at May 18 1:06
Where cinema is concerned, the thought process of “print the legend” is the de facto modus operandi. Young Mr. Lincoln is a piece of democratic mythology, more in tuned to iconography and hagiography than detailing what little is truly known about Abraham Lincoln’s early years. It is with this in mind that John Ford has sought not to explore the reality of Lincoln’s formative years, but to... read more
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A fictionalized account of the early life of the American president as a young lawyer facing his greatest court case.
Release date: 9 June 1939
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" Henry Fonda "Born near Henderson, Kentucky, Ann Mayes Rutledge was the third of ten children born to Mary Ann Miller Rutledge and James Rutledge. In 1829, her father, along with John M. Cameron, founded New Salem, Illinois. Many of the facts of her life are lost to history, but some historians believe that she was the first love of Abraham Lincoln. The exact nature of the Lincoln–Rutledge relationship has been fiercely debated by historians and non-historians for over a century. It is fairl"


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Young Mr. Lincoln

“Where cinema is concerned, the thought process of “print the legend” is the de facto modus operandi. Young Mr. Lincoln is a piece of democratic mythology, more in tuned to iconography and hagiography than detailing what little is truly known about Abraham Lincoln’s early years. It is with this in mind that John Ford has sought not to explore the reality of Lincoln’s formative years, but to hammer home the tall tales that have built up around him, changing him into a walking/talking symbol for homespun politics and common sense intelligence.

Casting the right star in a role can add a definitive layer of symbolic weight to the part, and Ford was smart enough to cast Henry Fonda as Lincoln. Fonda is practically a walking monument to Americana itself, think of his iconic rol” read more

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