Abe Lincoln in Illinois
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Massey doesn't do this on his own. The ensemble cast is exceptional, from the teacher who helps him improve his education, to the local judge, to his law partner and Stephen A. Douglas. All these people help make this film the exceptional story that it is.
If there is one film about Lincoln to recommend, this would be my first pick.
What's most amazing is that the spirit of the most quintessentially American of our American heroes should be so wonderfully captured and portrayed by ... a Canadian!
Robert E. Sherwood wrote the screenplay based on his Pulitzer Prize winning play, and Raymond Massey, Howard Da Silva (Jack Armstrong), and Herbert Rudley (Seth Gale) re-create their stage roles.
The direction by John Cromwell is superb, and James Wong Howe's cinematography (which was nominated for an Oscar but lost to "Rebecca") makes one forget that we are looking at a sixty-five year old film. Massey was also nominated, but lost to James Stewart in "The Philadelphia Story"...1940 was certainly a good year for films.
Raymond Massey (who was 34 at the time this film was made) has somehow been made to resemble Lincoln from youth to maturity, and the depth he brings to the part is very moving; I love the way his eyes slowly fill up with tears in his final speech as he leaves Illinois for the White House.
Though the film presents a harsh portrait of Mary Todd Lincoln (brilliantly played by Ruth Gordon) who acknowledges she is seen as "bitter and nagging", there is no doubt that Mary was a huge part of Lincoln becoming who he was meant to be, and like every "woman behind the man" must have been a tough character in a petite form, the flint to start Lincoln's flame.
Not to be missed by history buffs, and for Massey's marvelous performance, which he felt was his finest. Total running time is 110 minutes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent film considering it was made in 1940. Raymond Massey is impressive in the role he was born to play. Honest Abe's speaches - awsome!Published 3 months ago by Jevnaker
Watched it twice: once with my daughter who is studying the Civil War era, and then again with my husband, just because it's a good movie. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ABQ Goose
Massey is just the perfect Lincoln, and is why we see him play the man several times. The script is marvelous as feeding us many Lincoln quotes and jokes that each scene is better... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lane Kimmel
I love history and this movie is and always will be a classic.Published 10 months ago by Greg Oliver
Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) is the stirring film adaptation of Robert E. Sherwood's treasured play. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Josh Downham
Best movie of all the Abe Lincoln stories out of Hollywood. Watch Raymond Massey at the end give his speech from the back of the train (on his way to DC after winning the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Susan E. Cascio
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