Abe Lincoln in Illinois
is a 1940
which tells the story of the life of Abraham Lincoln
. The film covers his life from his early days as a lawyer
up until his election
as President of the United States
The film stars Raymond Massey, Gene Lockhart, Ruth Gordon, Mary Howard, Minor Watson, Alan Baxter, Harvey Stephens and Howard Da Silva. Massey and Da Silva revived their roles from the original Broadway production of Abe Lincoln in Illinois playing Abe Lincoln and Jack Armstrong respectively. Herbert Rudley, who had portrayed Seth Gale in the play, was another one of the actors to repeat his role in the film version.
The movie was adapted by Grover Jones and Robert E. Sherwood from Sherwood's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. It was directed by John Cromwell.
The film garnered Academy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Raymond Massey) and Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (James Wong Howe).