Abe Lincoln in Illinois Reviews
I think that Abraham Lincoln looked too old at the start of the film.
This film mostly covers Abraham Lincoln starting from his early love history but not told but in an idealized fashion.
We see John Brown at Harpers Ferry captured and arrested by Robert E. Lee with Down Brown holding his dieing son in his arms but does not show what John Brown actually did to try to end slavery at
It covers a little bit on Lincoln's political carrier. I find some of the details exaggerated and mythical rather than historically correct. This film also jumps to events and skips a lot of information.
It hints at events and covers the Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln presidential debate.
I think that some of the letters, newspapers, and text are not put on the screen long enough to read them all.
We see Lincoln family about to get a family portrait but they keep finding a way to move and get out of taking the photo.
Chicago Tribute made appointment for photographer to take family portrait for the campaign.
Stephen Douglas has own cheering parade as he arrives into the town.
I thought it was interesting how at the Lincoln and Stephen Douglas debate a reporter was writing his words in Morris code on paper to send in the telegraph rather than written out in words.
The actor playing Lincoln looked like Lincoln but I think that this film missed something because it is told in a boring way and not in a way that really adds anything to his background or those characters sounding Lincoln's life. I have seen better Abraham Lincoln films.
Raymond Massey, the lead actor playing Abraham Lincoln, was deeply moving as Lincoln and has made a good living, thanks largely to Lincoln ever since.
By all accounts, very worth watching if you can find it.
The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Raymond Massey) and Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (James Wong Howe).
Raymond Massey - Abraham Lincoln
Gene Lockhart - Stephen Douglas
Ruth Gordon - Mary Todd Lincoln
Mary Howard - Ann Rutledge
Minor Watson - Joshua Speed
Harvey Stephens - Ninian Edwards
Alan Baxter - Billy Herndon
Howard Da Silva - Jack Armstrong (as Howard da Silva)
Dorothy Tree - Elizabeth Edwards
Aldrich Bowker - Judge Bowling Green
Maurice Murphy - John McNeil
George Rosener - Dr. Chandler
John Cromwell - John Brown (uncredited)
Directed by John Cromwell
Produced by Max Gordon
Written by Robert E. Sherwood (play)
Grover Jones (adaptation)
Robert E. Sherwood (screenplay)
Raymond Massey (Lincoln)
Music by Roy Webb
Cinematography James Wong Howe
Editing by George Hively
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s) February 12, 1940 (1940-02-12)
Running time 110 minutes