Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

Academy Awards, USA 1940

Best Writing, Original Story
Lamar Trotti

Twentieth Century-Fox Film
Directed by John Ford
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

Lincoln is a young lawyer in Illinois who offers to defend a pair of brothers accused of murdering a man one night during a Fourth of July brawl. The ensuing trial looks hopeless, until Lincoln manages to elicit a confession from the real killer in dramatic fashion. Henry Fonda, in heavy make up, almost manages to disappear in the role, only his voice gives him away. The script strays too often into comic relief, and the ending is overblown patriotism, but still entertaining as early Americana with that inimitable John Ford touch.

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