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Young Mr. Lincoln [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [DVD] [English] [1939]
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Special Features

  • Disc One: The Film -
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Disc Two: The Supplements -
  • A profile of John Ford's early career and a talk Show episode featuring Henry Fonda, both from the BBC
  • Archival audio interviews with Ford and Fonda, conducted by the filmmaker's grandson Dan Ford
  • Academy Award Theater radio dramatization of Young Mr. Lincoln, downloadable as an MP3 file
  • Gallery of production documents
  • Plus: a 28-page booklet featuring critic Geoffrey O'Brien and an homage to Ford by Sergei Eisenstein


Young Mr. Lincoln
John Ford's fine direction distinguishes this highly fictionalized account of the early life of Abraham Lincoln. The film shows Lincoln (Henry Fonda) as he rises from a country boy born in a log cabin to a lawyer in Springfield, Illinois defending two young men unjustly accused of murder. The film, produced by Darryl F. Zanuck, received an Academy Award nomination for "Best Original Screenplay" for its screenwriter Lamar Trotti. Henry Fonda perhaps the most American of actors, is at his best playing Lincoln as the quintessential, compassionate American hero. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Henry Fonda
    Henry Fonda - Abraham Lincoln
  • Alice Brady
    Alice Brady - Abigail Clay
  • Marjorie Weaver
    Marjorie Weaver - Mary Todd
  • Arleen Whelan
    Arleen Whelan - Hannah Clay
  • Pauline Moore
    Pauline Moore - Ann Rutledge
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