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.
Did You Know?
: abolitionist John Brown. In his next film role, Santa Fe Trail
(1940), Raymond Massey
portrayed John Brown. Massey went on to reprise the role of Lincoln in the 1953 stage dramatization of the poem "John Brown's Body", in the first television production of "The Day Lincoln Was Shot", and in the Cinerama film "How The West Was Won" (in which he had no spoken lines). He reprised the role of John Brown onstage in "John Brown's Body" and in the 1955 low-budget film "Seven Angry Men". But Massey played mostly villains onscreen. See more
Robert E. Lee is shown wearing a uniform while leading the detachment of Marines that captured John Brown. Lee had been on leave when he was suddenly called back to duty. He actually led the detachment while wearing civilian clothes. See more
Mary Todd Lincoln
[Contemptuously as she hears crowd noises from outside
Stephen Douglas has arrived. Listen to them cheering for him!
They ought to cheer. He paid 'em enough for it.
Featured in History Brought to Life
The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
Played and Sung by the crowd at the end See more