Movie Review: Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)


Title: Young Mr. Lincoln
Release Date: May 30, 1939
Director: John Ford
Production Company:  Cosmopolitan Productions
Summary/Review:

Set in the 1830s, Young Mr. Lincoln is a very loosely historical drama about Abraham Lincoln (Henry Fonda) as a young lawyer and aspiring politician in New Salem, Illinois, as well as some of his early courtship of Mary Todd (Marjorie Weaver).  The heart of the film is a courtroom drama where Lincoln defends two brothers accused of murder that is based on a real-life event, in 1858, when Lincoln proved a witness testimony to be false by using an almanac.  The gist of the movie is to show Lincoln as a many with folksy charm and a good sense of humor, which may not be 100% historically accurate, but does make for some good comfort food viewing.

I believe that Fonda put a lot of himself into this performance, so while it may not accurately Lincoln, it does feel real.  One of the standout scenes is when an angry mob tries to break into the jail in order to lynch the accused brothers (a scene that takes on new connotations after the recent white supremacist insurrection at the US Capitol).  Lincoln talks them down using a mix of self-deprecation and humor, eventually guilting the crowd into dispersing.  This movie is no doubt corny and hokey but Fonda’s performance and Ford’s direction give it enough oomph to make it an enjoyable film to view.

Rating: ***

Podcasts of the Week Ending April 25


Planet Money :: The Mask Mover

A true story of how state agencies are relying on personal connections to acquire the necessary protective gear for medical staff during the COVID-19 Pandemice

The Thirty20Eight :: PopAmerican #1 – Grunge

The hosts of my favorite Disney podcast, Matt Parish and Kevin Quigley, have kicked off a spinoff podcast called PopAmerican.  The first episode is on grunge music. It’s okay but I expect that this will grow to be an excellent podcast series once they get in their groove.

Running Tally of Podcast of the Week Appearances in 2020

Beer Review: Goose IPA


Beer: India Pale Ale
Brewer:  Goose Island Beer Company
Source: Draft
Rating:  ***(7.4  of 10)
Comments: I generally shy away from IPAs, but apparently I’ve listened to Sound Opinions enough times to give Chicago’s flagship craft beer a try.  This copper ale had a thin head and a grainy, floral aroma.  The taste was a sweet flower with the expected bitter afteraste, but not overpowering.  For an IPA, I like it!