The double Oscar nominated Abe Lincoln in Illinois portrays the story of Abraham Lincoln, from his early days in backwoods Kentucky to his election as the 16th President of the United States. A stellar performance in the title role from Raymond Massey saw him nominated for the Best Actor award alongside James Wong Howe for Best black and white cinematography. After running livestock to New Orleans, Abe Lincoln settles in New Salem where he falls in love with Ann Rutledge (Mary Howard) and eventually becomes the postmaster. His popularity with the locals leads to him... running for and being successfully elected to the State legislature but his victory is overshadowed by Ann's death. Overcome by a sense of doom and a lack of ambition, Lincoln leaves the legislature after his first term and returns to practising law. However, a fateful meeting with Mary Todd (Ruth Gordon), an extremely ambitious woman, changes the course of Abe's life and of America's destiny. By entering politics again Lincoln knows that his taking of a stand on slavery will mean the dissolution of the Union. In a series of electrifying debates with Stephen Douglas (Gene Lockhart), Lincoln is catapulted into the national consciousness of political America and leaves Illinois for Washington, never to return. [show more]
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Biopic tracing the life of American president Abraham Lincoln from his time as a young man in Kentucky to the election win that saw him move to Washington as the country's new leader. Soon after leaving his home in Kentucky, Abe (Raymond Massey) finds himself in New Salem, Illinois, and decides to reside in the town. He soon becomes involved in politics and is elected to the State Assembly but, lacking motivation, he later goes off to study law instead. When he meets and becomes involved with the ambitious Mary Todd (Ruth Gordon), however, she brings out in him the drive he needs to continue in the political world.