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Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)

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Release Date: Feb 12, 1940 Wide

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Raymond Massey plays Abe Lincoln in this moving adaptation of Robert Sherwood's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Expanded a bit for cinematic purposes, the film traces Lincoln's progress from his days of scrambling for a living as a woodsman, to his courtship of the tragic Ann Rutledge (Mary Howard) and then the mercurial Mary Todd (Ruth Gordon), to the formative years of his law practice, to his debates with Stephen Douglas (Gene Lockhart), and finally to his election as President of the

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Robert E. Sherwood, Grover Jones

Mar 23, 2009

RKO Pictures

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Fine characterization of Lincoln by Raymond Massey with strong period look and feel.

January 1, 2008
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A serviceable biopic.

July 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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John Cromwell's historically inaccurate biopic, which is inferior to Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln, was nonetheless nominated for two Oscars: Raymond Massey and cinematography.

January 27, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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This was Canadian Raymond Massey's big hit. He was known as the definitive Lincoln after this portrayal. I have to admit though that I really hate these older biopics with without any edge to them. All the historical figures end up coming across as swell guys. How about highlighting a point in a guy's life when he was a little bit more colourful?
June 14, 2007
John Ballantine

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