Abraham Lincoln (1924 film short)

Abraham Lincoln (1924) is a short film made in the Phonofilm sound-on-film process.[2] The film was directed by J. Searle Dawley, produced by Lee DeForest, is based on the 1918 play Abraham Lincoln by John Drinkwater, and stars Frank McGlynn Sr. as Lincoln.[1] McGlynn also played Lincoln in the play on Broadway.[3][4]

Abraham Lincoln
Frank McGlynn in the Broadway production of Abraham Lincoln (1919)
Directed byJ. Searle Dawley
Produced byLee DeForest
Written byJohn Drinkwater (play)
StarringFrank McGlynn Sr.
Release date
  • 1924 (1924)
Running time
20 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

Although no copies of the film appear to have survived, some photographs have been preserved.[5]

In 1923, DeForest and Dawley produced a short Phonofilm, Lincoln, Man of the People, with Edwin Markham reading his poem of that title.[6] In 1925, DeForest produced a Phonofilm, Memories of Lincoln, with 91-year-old Chauncey Depew giving his recollections of meeting Lincoln in person.

See also


  1. Crafton, Donald (1999). The Talkies: American Cinema's Transition to Sound, 1926-1931. University of California Press. pp. 65–66. ISBN 9780520221284.
  2. Reinhart, Mark S. (2009). Abraham Lincoln on Screen: Fictional and Documentary Portrayals on Film and Television. McFarland.
  3. "Lee de Forest and Phonofilm: Virtual Broadway". encyclopedia.jrank.org. Archived from the original on 20 August 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  4. "Abraham Lincoln (1924)". Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  5. Reinhart, Mark (2009). Abraham Lincoln on Screen (2nd ed.). McFarland. pp. 30–31. ISBN 9780786452613.
  6. "Silent Era : Progressive Silent Film List". www.silentera.com. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
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