Happy 207th birthday to Abraham Lincoln, our greatest president. DW Griffith's first all-talkie movie was DW Griffith's Abraham Lincoln, from a script by Stephen Vincent Benet and starring Walter Huston. I grew up reading books that said it was terrible. I finally got to see it when a San Francisco UHF station bought a package of old movies that had not been on the air for a long time.
I thought Walter Huston was very good. There were other interesting actors like Jason Robards, Sr and Ian Keith, who played the coward Booth with a big mouthful of scenery. Henry B Walthall, the Little Colonel in Griffith's Birth of a Nation, played a Colonel. The movie didn't have a story. It was more like series of tableaux.
|New Movie, November, 1930|
Picture of the Week will appear tomorrow.