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Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)


Tuesday Nov 13, 2012 (1:30pm)



Skirball Cultural Center (Venue Partner)

2701 N Sepulveda Blvd.





Perhaps America's most screen-adapted president, Abraham Lincoln is the mythic epicenter of John Ford's Depression-era classic. The first collaboration between Ford and Henry Fonda, Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) molds the director's Whitmanesque ardor for the assassinated into an enthralling but decidedly fictionalized early history. The cornpone script, which follows Lincoln from a general-store clerkship to his adept defense of two wrongfully accused brothers, is at times anxiously earnest, but Ford's reflection on Lincoln's maturation retains a poignancy nonetheless.

Jason Jude Chan, Flavorpill

Skirball Cultural Center says…

Before he led a war-torn and divided nation through the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln was a small-town lawyer from Illinois. Young Mr. Lincoln is the fictionalized account of Lincoln’s younger years,  from his childhood in Kentucky to his entrée into the political world. Starring Henry Fonda and directed by John Ford. (1939, 100 min. No MPAA rating.)