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About the Movie
Among the most masterful matchups of actor and role in screen history is this stirring film of Robert E. Sherwood's beloved play taking a thoroughly human look at the early years of our 16th President, with all his frailties and strength of character. Best Actor Oscar nominee* Raymond Massey (who originated the role on stage) wonderfully plays the future Great Emancipator in a chronicle of his backwoods childhood through his first romance with Ann Rutledge (Mary Howard) to his phenomenal rise to President Elect, besting the great orator Stephen Douglas (Gene Lockhart). Ruth Gordon also does memorable work as driven, ambitious Mary Todd Lincoln, whose vision of Abe's leadership destiny will not be denied by anyone - including her often reticent husband. There's also no denying the enduring emotional power of this simple, magnificent movie.
This is one of the best performances by Massey. Great movie. For the most part, it's historically accurate.
With the recent release of Speilberg's Lincoln, this is an outstanding "prequel" to begin with. The acting is well done you are easily engaged in the story. This is a great movie to watch with the kids. History that comes alive!
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 1940
- © Abe Lincoln in Illinois 1940 RKO Pictures, Inc. Package Design 2009 Turner Entertainment Co. and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.