Young Mr Lincoln

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

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.


Release details

101 mins

Cast and crew

John Ford
Lamar Trotti
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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