Young Mr. Lincoln Overview:

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


Ford's depiction of Lincoln's early career finds the statesman in the shy, shambling young lawyer. Fonda plays the future president in the period from the Whig convention of 1832 to his decision to pursue his law career to his first major trial. Particularly telling and poetic is the loss of his first love (Moore), with the scene dissolving from their meeting by a river to her grave site on the same spot next to the now-frozen river. Fine historical drama with a great performance from Fonda.

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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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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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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.
Henry Fonda wore specially made boots that made him appear taller.
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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