Abraham Lincoln

Synopsis: Brief vignettes about Lincoln's early life include his birth, early jobs, (unsubstantiated) affair with Ann Rutledge, courtship of Mary Todd, and the Lincoln-Douglas debates; his presidency and the Civil War are followed in somewhat more detail, though without actual battle scenes; film concludes with the assassination.
Director(s): D.W. Griffith
Production: United Artists
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

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Abe, I'ain't payin' you no forty

cents a day to spark a pretty gal!

Well, Uncle Jimmie,

I don't charge nothing extra for it

just throw it in.

I'm expectin'

a sight of rails cut of you.

He's the best

rail-splitter in the country.

He'll be more than a rail-splitter.

How old are you, Uncle Jimmie?

Oh nearin' forty.

I'll get you out forty

more rails than you expected.

Giddap! Maybe you'd better

make it nearin' seventy!

Now, Abe,

your professor needs a seat

where's there's more law

and less temptatin.

Oh, Abe! Ohhh!


- Are you all right, Anne?

- I think so.

- Are you hurt?

- My legs are still on me.

Scared me worse than it did you.

Did it, Abe?

You know, Anne, if anything happened

to you, I don't think I could live.

Funny, Abe, I feel the same about you.

You taught me how to love.

Have I taught you to like it?

In the gloaming, oh, my darling,-

When the lights are dim and low,-

And the quiet shadows falling. -

Softly come and softly go. -

It's awful nice this time of day.

Yes, Abe.

Can I tell you

a sort of a story, Anne?

Why of course, Abe.

Well, there was

a town in lllinois called...


- New Salem?

- Yeh, that's it.

And in that town lived

the prettiest girl in the worid.

What was her name?

Anne Rutledge.

Oh, Abe...

What I'd like

to find out about that girl is,

she ever take a little time off

to think about gettin' married?

Well, maybe.

'Cause there's an Abe Lincoln

hanging around that's a pretty good catch.

What's he like?

Oh, he's a big merchant,

owner of three stores all bankrupt.

Well, is he handsome?

His pa said that Abe

had been cut out with an axe.

Politician too, I hear.

Yes, he's got less property

and owes more debts

than anybody

ever running for the legislature.

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