Young Mr Lincoln

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This first product of the Ford-Fonda partnership - reputedly a favourite not only of Ford but of Eisenstein too - today commands classic status. Composed of serio-comic scenes from small town life, heavy with a future perfect sense of Myth-in-the-making, it's riven by tensions between insignificance and monumentality (Fonda: 'For me it was like playing Jesus Christ') that explode in the histrionic splendour and 'excess' of the celebrated final sequence: Abe Lincoln setting out to scale unseen heights against the portentous gloom of a gathering storm.

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Duration: 101 mins

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Director: John Ford
Screenwriter: Lamar Trotti
Cast: Henry Fonda
Alice Brady
Marjorie Weaver
Arleen Whelan
Richard Cromwell
Ward Bond
Donald Meek
Eddie Quillan
Milburn Stone
Francis Ford
Pauline Moore
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