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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.
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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 1 month 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 3 months ago by Lane Kimmel
I love history and this movie is and always will be a classic.Published 6 months ago by Greg Oliver
Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) is the stirring film adaptation of Robert E. Sherwood's treasured play. Read morePublished 6 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 7 months ago by Susan E. Cascio
One of the best Americana pieces from the golden age of Hollywood, based on the play by Robert Sherwood. Read morePublished 8 months ago by James Clifton
There is no better actor for Abe than Raymond. Daniel is a very close second.Published 10 months ago by Gary