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PHOTOS: The History of Abraham Lincoln on Film

The 16th president has been a Hollywood star and box office attraction since the earliest days of Hollywood

Abraham Lincoln, 1930

Walter Huston
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In the first major historical film of the sound era, director D.W. Griffith cast Walter Huston, father of director John Huston and grandfather of actress Anjelica Huston, as Lincoln. The worshipful (and somewhat wooden) portrait chronicles events from every period of the president's life. "Abraham Lincoln," Griffith said, "is not to be thought of as a statue. Lincoln was a complex, many-sided personality."

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