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

Tom Lincoln!

It's a comin'

- Boy or gal?

- 'T aint fur enough along yit fer a tag.

- How's Nancy standin' it?

- She's a-prayin'

It's a boy?

It's as long as an eel!

Shucks, he'never

amount to nothin' nohow!

Is he purty?

Homely as a mud fence!

What do you 'low

to call him, Aunty?


There he is. Ugliest, laziest,

smartest man in New Salem.

- Ain't yuh, Abe?

- I don't mind my face, I'm behind it.

It's the people

in front that get jarred.

Whip any man in shoo

leather I At least, I hope he can.

Offut does the braggin'

I do the runnin'

You better dust off

them shoes then, stranger,

'cause you ain't here for long.

Well, I was aimin'

to settle here awhile.

- This ain't no peaceable town.

- Well, I'm a peaceable man.

Wait till

Jack Armstrong gets hold o' yuh.

He'll throw yuh out

that door like yuh was a sack o' meal!

- Big fellow?

- No bigger'n you,

but he's champeen o' this country

he ain' never been licked.

And when he sees you...

Folks can't even spit

without his sayso.

Chuck me outa that door, you say?

Like a sack o' meal.

Well, that's a pretty long

chuck for a peaceful man.

Whar be he?

Now, Armstrong,

cain't you leave us be?

Yuh just busted up

old man Simpson's place

and scattered

his new place all over the county.

Man, don't you ever rest?

Whare be he?

That yellow-livered baboon from Indianny!

I come from Indianny,

but not that part.

Well, get down!

Let's see what bones

I wants to crack first!

Get a good hold, Jack!

Come on,

an' get yer neck broke!

This is the neatest

wrestle you've ever had.

Go to him, Champ!

- Get 'in, Jack!

- Abraham Lincoln!

- Let's get 'im, Abe come on!

- Get 'in, Jack!

- Get 'im, Jack!

- Atta boy, Abe!

I'll bet yuh ten dollars,

Offut, on the Champeen!

- Watch 'im, boy!

- Git 'im!

- Watch 'im, boy!

- Come on, git 'im!

- Come on, git 'im!

- Git 'im!

Watch 'im, boy!

Come on, git 'im!

Now, come on, all o' you.

I'm the big tuck of thisn lick!

Yuh are, eh?

Hold on, boys!

He throwed me fair.

What's your name?


Abraham Lincoln.

Well, we're goin' to make yuh one of us.

Come on, boys, I'll set 'em up!

It's about time you set 'em up.

Let's have some o'

that rattlesnake bite.

He said he was a peaceful man.

He meant peaceful like a wildcat!

Yeh, that's what he thought.

Looks like good corn liquor.

That is corn liquor.

Come on, Abe. Where's yours?

No, I don't care much for it.

Come on, have a drink, Abe.

Well, I'll drink

if you'll take it like I do.

How's that?

Lift up the barrel,

and drink it outa the bung.

Well, I'll show you boys.

Maybe can, maybe can't.

Try it, anyway.


He's the strongest man in Salem!

I told you he was the strongest man.

I've seen him lift

500 pounds in each hand.

- Ain't yuh drinkin?

- No.

- Teetotal?

- No.


No, I don't

regulate nobody's drinkin'

just my own.

I've seen him lift a thousand...

- In this sense,-

- the term "law" -

- includes any edict,-

- decree, order,-

- ordinance,-

- statute, resolutin,-

rule, etcetera. -

Uff!, etcetera...

Well, my old Daddy

taught me how to work,

but he never

taught me how to like it.

I reckon I better

keep on with the lesson.

I'd rather keep on

with something else.

You made a bad bargain

making me the professor.

Well he told me about that too.

He said:

"When you make a bad bargain,

hug it all the tighter. "

But he didn't mean

this kind of a bargain.

Well, don't you like it,

Ann, when I hold you tight?

I guess every girl sorta likes that...

Now, Abe, what is law?

Well, professor, law is a rule

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Stephen Vincent Benet

Stephen Vincent Benét was an American poet, short story writer, and novelist. He is best known for his book-length narrative poem of the American Civil War, John Brown's Body, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and for the short stories "The Devil and Daniel Webster" and "By the Waters of Babylon". more…

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