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Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) was a Black-and-white - Drama Film directed by John Ford and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and Kenneth Macgowan.

Young Mr. Lincoln was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2003.

Academy Awards 1939 --- Ceremony Number 12 (source: AMPAS)

Best WritingLamar TrottiNominated

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New on Blu-ray and DVD: Young Mr. Lincoln and More

By Amanda Garrett on Jan 13, 2018 From Old Hollywood Films

The new year brought a bumper crop of classic movies on Blu-ray and DVD. The list includes director John Ford's classic Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) starring Henry Fonda. 2018 has brought six old Hollywood films to DVD and Blu-ray that include one of director John Ford's best, an early Technicolor ... Read full article

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Henry Fonda originally turned down the role of Lincoln, saying he didn't think he could play such a great man. He changed his mind after John Ford asked him to do a screen test in full makeup. After viewing himself as Lincoln in the test footage, Fonda liked what he saw, and accepted the part. He later told an interviewer, "I felt as if I were portraying Christ himself on film."
The trial of William "Duff" Armstrong, on which the fictionalized defense of Matt and Adam Clay shown in this movie is based, actually took place in 1858, when Lincoln was a successful railroad attorney and soon to be a nominee for the Senate. The other person accused of murder had been convicted in a separate trial several months earlier.
Final film of Alice Brady.
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Young Mr. Lincoln

Released 1939
Inducted 2003

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Also directed by John Ford

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Also produced by Darryl F. Zanuck

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Also released in 1939

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