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By Mark S. Reinhart

President Lincoln is the main usually portrayed American ancient determine within the historical past of the movie and tv arts, having been featured in approximately three hundred productions because the delivery of the movie medium. during this paintings, entries hide each one movie, documentary and tv portrayal of Lincoln, supplying crucial forged, creation and liberate details, and a dialogue of every work's ancient accuracy and creative advantages. This up to date version offers observation on all new motion pictures produced in recent times, in addition to dozens of previous motion pictures, comparable to The contention, Abraham Lincoln (1924) and Lincoln (1929), that weren't coated within the unique variation.

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Senior Producers: Allyson Luchak, Mark Samels. Editors: Tom Haneke, Deborah Peretz, Seth Bomse. Music: Michael Bacon. Cinematography: James Callanan. Field Producer: Amanda Pollak. Series Associate Producer: Sarah Colt. Executive Producer: Margaret Drain. Production Company: David Grubin Productions (for American Experience in association with PBS). Network Originally Aired: PBS. Length: 360 minutes. Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided originally aired in February 2001 as a three-part installment of the long-running PBS documentary series American Experience.

Length: 80 minutes. Abe Lincoln in Illinois originally aired as a Hallmark Hall of Fame special on NBC in February 1964. Like the 1940 film and the 1945 and 1950 television productions, the program was based on the Robert Sherwood play. Abe Lincoln in Illinois starred Jason Robards in the title role, and Kate Reid as Mary Todd Lincoln. The program was produced and directed by George Schaefer, who would go on to produce and direct all six episodes of the excellent series Sandburg’s Lincoln a decade later.

Production Company: WBNT-NBC, New York. Network Originally Aired: NBC. Length: Approximately 135 minutes. It is unfortunate that no copies of the 1945 program Abe Lincoln in Illinois or records detailing its production appear to be in existence, because it was one of the first television productions to feature a Lincoln portrayal. Like the 1940 film, the program was based on the play of the same name by Robert Sherwood. Abe Lincoln in Illinois starred Stephen Courtleigh as Lincoln and was broadcast live by NBC in three separate installments, one for each act of the play, during April and May 1945.

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