John Ford

Young Mr. Lincoln

Young Mr. Lincoln

Few American historical figures are as revered as Abraham Lincoln, and few director-star collaborations embody classic Hollywood cinema as beautifully as the one between John Ford and Henry Fonda. This film, their first together, was Ford’s equally poetic and significant follow-up to the groundbreaking western Stagecoach, and in it Fonda gives one of the finest performances of his career, as the young president-to-be, a novice lawyer struggling with an incendiary murder case. Photographed in gorgeous black and white by Ford’s frequent collaborator Bert Glennon, Young Mr. Lincoln is a compassionate and assured work and an indelible piece of Americana.

Film Info

  • John Ford
  • United States
  • 1939
  • 100 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #320

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring film scholar Joseph McBride (Searching for John Ford: A Life)
  • Omnibus: “John Ford,” part one: filmmaker Lindsay Anderson’s profile of the life and work of director John Ford before World War II
  • Talk show appearance by actor Henry Fonda from 1975
  • Audio interviews from the seventies with Ford and Fonda, conducted by the director’s grandson Dan Ford
  • Academy Award radio dramatization of the film
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien and an homage to Ford by filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring film scholar Joseph McBride (Searching for John Ford: A Life)
  • Omnibus: “John Ford,” part one: filmmaker Lindsay Anderson’s profile of the life and work of director John Ford before World War II
  • Talk show appearance by actor Henry Fonda from 1975
  • Audio interviews from the seventies with Ford and Fonda, conducted by the director’s grandson Dan Ford
  • Academy Award radio dramatization of the film
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien and an homage to Ford by filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein
Young Mr. Lincoln
Cast
Henry Fonda
Abraham Lincoln
Alice Brady
Abigail Clay
Marjorie Weaver
Mary Todd
Arleen Whelan
Sarah Clay
Eddie Collins
Efe Tyler
Pauline Moore
Ann Rutledge
Richard Cromwell
Matt Clay
Donald Meek
John Felder
Dorris Bowdon
Carrie Sue
Eddie Quillan
Adam Clay
Spencer Charters
Judge Herbert A. Bell
Ward Bond
J. Palmer Cass
Milburn Stone
Stephen A. Douglas
Cliff Clark
Sheriff Billings
Steven Randall
Juror
Charles Tannen
Ninian Edwards
Francis Ford
Sam Boone
Fred Kohler Jr.
Scrub White
Kay Linaker
Mrs. Edwards
Credits
Director
John Ford
Producer
Darryl F. Zanuck
Associate producer
Kenneth Macgowan
Original screenplay by
Lamar Trotti
Photography
Bert Glennon
Photography
Arthur Miller
Art direction
Richard Day
Set decorations
Thomas Little
Film editor
Walter Thompson
Costumes
Royer
Sound
Eugene Grossman
Sound
Roger Heman
Music by
Alfred Newman
Musical direction
Louis Silvers

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