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D.W. Griffith I Abraham Lincoln I Classic Full Movie (1930) Starring Walter Huston, Una Merkel

Updated: Nov 18, 2021

D. W. Griffith's "Abraham Lincoln", is a 1930 pre-Code American biographical film about Abraham Lincoln directed by D. W. Griffith.

It stars Walter Huston as Lincoln and Una Merkel, in her second speaking role, as Ann Rutledge.

The first act of the film covers Lincoln's early life as a storekeeper and rail-splitter in New Salem and his early romance with Ann Rutledge, and his early years as a lawyer and his courtship and marriage to Mary Todd in Springfield. The majority of the film deals with Lincoln's presidency during the American Civil War and culminates with Lee's surrender and Lincoln's assassination at Ford's Theatre.


Walter Huston .... Abraham Lincoln

Una Merkel .... Ann Rutledge

William L. Thorne .... Tom Lincoln (as W.L. Thorne)

Lucille La Verne .... Midwife

Helen Freeman .... Nancy Hanks Lincoln

Otto Hoffman .... Offut

Edgar Dearing .... Armstrong (as Edgar Deering)

Russell Simpson .... Lincoln's employer

Charles Crockett .... Sheriff

Kay Hammond .... Mary Todd Lincoln

Helen Ware .... Mrs. Edwards

E. Allyn Warren .... Stephen A. Douglas (as E. Alyn Warren)

Jason Robards Sr. .... Herndon (as Jason Robards)

Gordon Thorpe .... Tad Lincoln

Ian Keith .... John Wilkes Booth




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