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The Life of Abraham Lincoln

  • Runtime: 15 min.


The Life of Abraham Lincoln was the first entry in Essanay Studios' series "Flashlights of American History." In tableau fashion, the entire life of the Great Emancipator was compressed into about 15 minutes' screen time. Most of the familiar episodes were based on the memoirs of Lincoln's former law partner Herndon, who seldom let the facts get in the way of a good story. The final assassination scene, staged in a minimalist replica of Ford's Theater, was particularly well handled. Research has not...more