Abraham Lincoln (1930) NR

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Brief vignettes about Lincoln's early life include his birth, early jobs, (unsubstantiated) affair with Ann Rutledge, courtship of Mary Todd, and the Lincoln-Douglas debates.

Starring:
Walter Huston, Helen Freeman
Runtime:
1 hour 31 minutes

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Genres Military & War, Drama
Director D.W. Griffith
Starring Walter Huston, Helen Freeman
Supporting actors Helen Freeman, Otto Hoffman, Walter Huston, Edgar Dearing, Una Merkel, Russell Simpson, Charles Crockett, Kay Hammond, Helen Ware, E. Alyn Warren, Jason Robards Sr., Gordon Thorpe, Ian Keith, Cameron Prud'Homme, James Bradbury Sr., James Eagles, Oscar Apfel, Frank Campeau
Studio Synergy Ent
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Kino is putting out a second boxset of the works of D.W. Griffith. The best known works of Griffith are in volume one, but this one is worth having too. It features Griffith as he was working his way up, at his peak, and on the way down as he used his own money to finance his final films. Included is an excellent three-part documentary on D.W. Griffith that puts the man's life and the body of his work in perspective.

Sally of the Sawdust (1925)
Stars W.C. Fields in only his second film appearance. This film was remade in 1936 as Poppy. Fields reprises his stage role of Professor Eustace McGargle. Fields plays a circus performer and the unlikely foster father to the baby of a dying girl who was thrown out by her father, a well-known judge. The plot is laid out like one of Griffith's melodramas, but it is actually a pretty good comedy showing Fields in his prime.

BONUS FEATURES:
Filmed introduction by Orson Welles
Theatrical trailer
Image gallery

Abraham Lincoln (1931) / The Struggle (1931)
This double feature are the only two sound features that Griffith ever directed. The film on Lincoln doesn't have the polish of John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln, but considering it is an early talkie it is pretty well made. Griffith does a good job of balancing a presentation of Lincoln's personal life with his life in politics. Walter Huston turns in a great performance in the title role, as always. The Struggle is about a man's descent into alcoholism and the effect it has on his marriage. By the time "The Struggle" was made D.W.Griffith was a director in popular decline. However, these two sound films show that he still had it in him to make good films. He had just run out of money and was considered old-hat by the Hollywood establishment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. James Gardner VINE VOICE on March 19, 2011
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Abraham Lincoln was probably our greatest President (certainly one of the top 3), and D.W. Griffith was surely the greatest director of the silent era. So D.W. Griffith Presents Abraham Lincoln is a must see for any film lover. Made in 1929 and released in 1930, this is one of our earliest talkies. It stars Walter Huston and Una Merkel with Russell Simpson and Jason Robards Sr.

Walter Huston (1883-1950) plays Lincoln. At this point in his career, Huston was churning out film - 3 in 1930, 4 in 1931, 8 in 1932, and 5 in 1933. His performances are relatively undistinguished, even if some of the films (e.g., "Gabriel Over the White House") were hits. Huston got better as he got older, and he was nominated for an Oscar in 1937 ("Dodsworth"), 1942 ("Devil and Daniel Webster") and 1943 ("Yankee Doodle Dandy") and won in 1949 for "Treasure of the Sierra Madre". He died in 1950.

Una Merkel (1903-1986) appeared in nearly 100 films and was nominated as Best Supporting Actress in 1961 ("Summer and Smoke"). She's best remembered for the hair pulling fight with Marlene Dietrich in "Destry Rides Again" (1939). Lincoln was her first film after having worked in the theatre for 5 years. She plays Ann Rutledge, Lincoln's first love. BTW - when she was younger and slimmer, as she is in this picture, Merkel was the spitting image of Lillian Gish.

Russell Simpson (1880-1959) used his lanky appearance and deep voice effectively in films with Errol Flynn ("Dodge City", "Santa Fe Trail"), Henry Fonda ("My Darling Clementine"), and John Wayne ("The Horse Soldiers"). He was a favorite of John Ford, and he gave his most memorable performance in Ford's "Grapes of Wrath" as Pa Joad. Here he plays young Lincoln's employer.

Jason Robards Sr.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bart on April 27, 2006
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I've ordered a few things from this company and most of them were historical documentaries so I sorta thought that this would be as well.

It's not - but that's not a bad thing. It's a work of historical fiction and its fairly well done. You get to see an interesting fictional interpretation of Lincoln - without a l ot of modern narative baggage.

The film is older - and looks it - but in some ways that adds to it's charm.

This is like the original version of the History Channel.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Cassandra P. Breckenridge on May 2, 2006
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"After watching this classic rendition of Abraham Lincoln's most important years (Abraham Lincoln from A2ZCDS), I know for sure that such a life has not been before and will not be again. He WAS a man - a real man who felt love, joy, despair and hurt just like you and I do. This is more than a historical film - this is an immortal tribute to this country's greatest statesman..."
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At first I was afraid that the old-fashioned [1930] script and production values and, most of all, black and white, would prove
boring, at best, or annoying, at worst.
I was pleasantly surprised that once I got into it, not only was I enjoying learning about Lincoln in this new way, especially about his early years......but that Huston succeeded in embodying my hero.
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The script has too many silly and/or sentimental lines; the pace is s-l-o-w. This is not the A. Lincoln I've come to "know" from reading extensively about him.
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The print is missing many audio tracks and the print is not a good one. Story is overly simple.Not Spielberg!
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