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Young Mr. Lincoln

John Ford

 
Young Mr. Lincoln (Criterion Blu-Ray)

9 Jan 2018

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

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  • United States
  • 1939
  • 100 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #320

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.

Cast

Abraham LincolnHenry Fonda
Abigail ClayAlice Brady
Mary Todd Marjorie Weaver
Sarah ClayArleen Whelan
Efe TylerEddie Collins
Ann Rutledge Pauline Moore
Matt ClayRichard Cromwell
John FelderDonald Meek
Carrie SueDorris Bowdon
Adam ClayEddie Quillan
Judge Herbert A. BellSpencer Charters
J. Palmer Cass Ward Bond
Stephen A. DouglasMilburn Stone
Sheriff BillingsCliff Clark
JurorSteven Randall
Ninian EdwardsCharles Tannen
Sam BooneFrancis Ford
Scrub WhiteFred Kohler Jr.
Mrs. EdwardsKay Linaker

Credits

DirectorJohn Ford
ProducerDarryl F. Zanuck
Associate producerKenneth Macgowan
Original screenplay byLamar Trotti
PhotographyBert Glennon and Arthur Miller
Art directionRichard Day
Set decorationsThomas Little
Film editorWalter Thompson
CostumesRoyer
SoundEugene Grossman and Roger Heman
Music byAlfred Newman
Musical directionLouis Silvers

Disc 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

Film Essays

Young Mr. Lincoln: Hero in Waiting

By Geoffrey O’Brien February 13, 2006

In Young Mr. Lincoln, John Ford achieves the perfection of his art. Never were his matter and his method more aptly fitted, and never were his tendencies toward sprawl and overemphasis more . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Young Mr. Lincoln: Hero in Waiting

By Geoffrey O’Brien February 13, 2006

In Young Mr. Lincoln, John Ford achieves the perfection of his art. Never were his matter and his method more aptly fitted, and never were his tendencies toward sprawl and overemphasis more . . . Read more »

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