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Apr 15, 2022

Fox, 1939: the Greater and the Lesser John Ford Fox movies of 1939, Young Mr. Lincoln, and Drums Along the Mohawk, both starring Henry Fonda. We argue with Cahiers du Cinéma about the politics of Young Mr. Lincoln and find continuities between Ford's work with Will Rogers and his presentation of Lincoln, and discuss Edna May Oliver's comic theft of an otherwise pretty standard, racist settler narrative. 


Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s:                YOUNG MR. LINCOLN [dir. John Ford]

0h 35m 00s:                DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK [dir. John Ford]


Studio Film Capsules provided The Films of 20th Century-Fox by Tony Thomas & Aubrey Solomon

Additional studio information from: The Hollywood Story by Joel W. Finler



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