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American Presidents On Screen
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American Presidents On Screen | Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)
Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)

Star: Henry Fonda
Film: Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

With John Ford behind the camera, an Oscar-nominated script and a print residing in the Library of Congress, this Lincoln film is two bajillion per cent more venerable and accurate than Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Henry Fonda’s young Abe is an industrious Illinois lawyer who takes his first steps towards the White House when he successfully defends two wrongly-accused men charged with murder. No, neither of them are vampires. The judge exonerates them. He’s not a vampire either.

What it tells us about the time it was made: Vampires weren’t such a big deal in the ‘30s.

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