Brigham Young

Synopsis: The true story of the famous Mormon leader, Brigham Young and his battle to transport his people across the Rocky mountains to settle in Salt Lake City. The plot focuses on two of his people, Jonathan Kent and Zina Webb and the hardships they have to face along the way.
Director(s): Henry Hathaway
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
114 min

(Man)Allright, men,

time to go wolfhuntin'.

How's it look?

( Both Chattering )

- (Fiddle )

- (Man Singing, Indistinct )

This is the song


Hey, get along

Get alongJosey

Hey, get along

Jim alongJoe

Hey, get along

Get alongJosey

Hey, get along

Jim alongJoe

Watch your turns.

( Continues )

Ladies, bow.

Gents, you know how.


and aroundyou go.

Sure was nice ofyou

and your father to come

over tonight, Miss Webb.

Oh, It was nice ofyou

asking us.

We been intendin'to-- Ma has,

I mean-- to come visiting,

you bein'new folks here.

Well, we've been

wishing you would.

(Skillet Scraping)

( Continues )

Looks like the Kents

are merrymaking.

Let's see ifwe can't

help 'em celebrate.

( Continues )

( Caller)


- Stop the music.

- (Music Stops )

( WolfHowling)

( Growls )

That's what

we've been told not to do.

Now put that back...

and get your mother

and the otherwomen and children

down into the storm cellar.

- (People Chattering)

- Dad, what is it?.

- Mr. Webb, would you go to

the barn and let the horses out?.

- Certainly.

( All Shouting,

Indistinct )

- Ma!

- ( All Talking At Once )

( Chattering )

Be careful now.


- ( Ma ) Be careful ofthose steps.

- What is it?.

- It's a raid.

- But why?.

- They hate us. We're Mormons.

Go on. Hurry now.

- Mormons?.

Hey! Here's one!

- Come on out, Mormon.

- Get out here and find out...

what the state of Illinois

thinks ofyou.

Come on, come on.

- (DoorSlams )

- (Footsteps )

Cut me some firewood.

Has-Has anything

like this ever happened before?.

Fiveyears ago in Missouri.

Just becauseyou people

are Mormons?.

Just because

we're Mormons.

- ( Crying )

- No.


(Gunshots )

I got one oftheir Mormon bibles.

Let's make 'em spit on it.

- Make him spit on it.

- Spit on it.

- Stuffit down his throat.

- Go on! Spit on it!

""Blessed beye when men revile

you and say all manner of evil

things aboutyou for my sake."

Don't ""blessed" us!

Come on

out ofthere!

- Ma, they set the house on fire.

- Oh!

Now hide in the fields

until they're gone. Hurry! Quick!

This is whatyou can expect

ifyou don't clear outta here.

Why areyou doing this?.

We onlywant to live

in peace with everyone.

( Grunts )

( Ma )



Oh, Caleb.



( Crying )

( Screams )

My father, Caleb Kent.

- How?.

- Beaten to death.

(Man )


- How?.

- Beaten.

Well, what are you gonna

do about it, stand back and pray...

while they drive us

out of another state?.

The Lord works

in strange ways.

Sure, but that didn't

prevent him turning Samson loose...

on those Philistines

with the jawbone of an ass, did it?.

What those fellas need

is a little lead in their bellies.

- Ifyou saytheword, I'll--

- Tearthem limb from limb. I know.

- That's what they're itching for.

- Our people have had

enough troublewithout that.

They can't stand much more,

Joseph. They can't stand to

pull up stakes and move again.

Let's settle this

the wise way then.

Give them the political

power theywant. Vote

the way they say to vote.

(Man ) Yeah.

Let them use that powerto destroyus.

The authorities will protect us

ifwe do as they say.

I wouldn't trust them

any further than I can chuck a mule.

We can't take

any more chances, start all over.

We've got the biggest

city in Illinois to protect.

Promise them anything theywant,

only let's have peace.

What doyou say, Hyrum?.

A man has a right

to fight for his own life.

And you, Heber?.

Seems like

we'll have to.

Otherwise they'll drive us clear

out ofthe United States.

All my life, I've asked only

one thing of my neighbors--

to be left alone in peace.

We've stuck to that in every

state we've been in.

- But I guess it won't work.

- What?.

You may be right, Angus,

but perhaps it's time...

for us to show

a different kind of courage...

and do something besides

be killed forwhat we believe.

Tell the people

I said to arm themselves.

- That's treason.

- That ifthere's anymore raiding...

we're going to fight back.

Tell them I'm going

to lead them myself.

Ifthey haven't got guns,

get guns for them.

Tell them we're through

turning the other cheek.


What's the difference

between a white man

and a Mormon?.

- Blamed ifl know.

- About 50 wives.

( All Laughing )

(Man )

There he is...

the man thatsays

he talks to God.

A man so eaten

with pride andambition...

that even the word "treason'"

holds no horror for him.

A prophet and sai nt

who wal ks up to God...

anytime he feels like it,

whispers in his ear...

and gets talked back to--

Joseph Smith.

Now, gentlemen,

you've heard the evidence.

Ofall that,

I needsayno more.


I would hold myself

no better than a skunk...

if I did not

bring up a matter...

which is the very heart

and core ofthis case--

to wit,

the teachings ofJoseph Smith.

( All Shouting, Indistinct)

Quiet down!

Quiet! Quiet!


Go ahead, Pete.

Joseph Smith,

a half-educated boy

just likeyou or me...

brought up

in a two-by-four town called Palmyra...

in New York state...

has the unmitigated nerve

to stand up and say...

God told him

to rewrite the Holy Bible...


it's full of errors--

errors, mindyou--

and to go out andpreach...

that all churches

are an abomination

in the sight ofthe Lord...

except this one...

that God told hi m

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Lamar Trotti

Lamar Jefferson Trotti (October 18, 1900 – August 28, 1952) was an American screenwriter, producer, and motion picture executive. more…

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