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Young Mr. Lincoln [715515016728]

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • John Ford's film on the early career of Abraham Lincoln, which centers on an apocryphal murder trial, impressed even the great Sergei Eisenstein. It stars Henry Fonda as the title character, who opts for the law after receiving encouragement from his early, ill-fated love, Anne Rutledge (Pauline Moore). Too poor to own even a horse, he arrives in Springfield on a mule and soon establishes a law practice with friend John Stuart (Edwin Maxwell). At a July 4th celebration, a man is murdered in a brawl, and the accused are Matt and Adam Clay (Richard Cromwell and Eddie Quillan), two brothers of a family that Lincoln knows. After saving the two men from a lynch mob, Lincoln becomes their defending attorney, a difficult task since each man claims guilt to spare the other. Admiring his courage, Mary Todd (Marjorie Weaver) invites him to her sister's soiree and expresses an intense interest in his future. More pressing is his meeting with Abigail Clay (Alice Brady), who understandably refuses to tell Lincoln which of her sons is the killer. Although entirely fictional, Ford's fable conveys the essence of the great man's character: honesty, humor, wisdom, and a shrewdness that knew how to take a back road to reach the high road. A triumph of acting, writing, and direction, YOUNG MR. LINCOLN features one of Fonda's greatest screen performances.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CC1617 DDVD

  • Credits
    Henry Fonda, Alice Brady, Marjorie Weaver, Donald Meek, Pauline Moore, Arleen Whelan, Richard Cromwell, Ward Bond, Charles Halton
  • Critic Reviews
    "[T]he small-town whimsy here is undercut with real darkness..."

    "The tone shifts smoothly from folksy humour to suspense, reaching an epic note in the iconic final shot..."
    Sight and Sound

    "Henry Fonda manages plainspoken eloquence in this visually simple, morally complex movie, a too rarely emulated model for political filmmaking." -- Grade: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[A] cornerstone of the director's loving but critical perspective on American myth and history."

    "Ford's dual vision of Lincoln leads him to one of the most extraordinary closing acts in American film..."
    New York Times

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