Abraham Lincoln (1930)/The Struggle (1931)
First, pioneering director D.W. Griffith's first talkie is a moving, down-to-earth look at the life of America's 16th president, "Abraham Lincoln," from Lincoln's boyhood and his days as an Illinois lawyer to Washington and the turmoil of the Civil War. Walter Huston stars in the title role; with Una Merkel, Kay Hammond. Next, "The Struggle" offers the melodramatic story of a mill worker who drinks tainted "bathtub gin" that sends him on a downward spiral of alcoholic despair. Griffith's final film was seen as both a temperance picture and a condemnation of Prohibition, and was re-released years later as a comedy! Hal Skelly, Zita Johann, Edna Hagan star; co-scripted by Anita Loos. 186 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English; featurettes.
- Historical & War
- D. W. Griffith
- Black & White
- DVD Fullscreen
- Closed Captioned:
- Cast: Lucille La Verne, Hal Skelly, Zita Johann, W. L. Thorne, Helen Freeman, Charlotte Wynters, Otto Hoffman, Evelyn Baldwin, Jackson Halliday, Walter Huston, Edna Hagan, Edgar Deering, Claude Cooper, Una Merkel, Russell Simpson, Arthur Lipson, Charles Crockett, Charles Richman, Helen Mack, Kay Hammond, Scott Moore, Helen Ware, E. Alyn Warren, Gordon Thorpe, Ian Keith... More