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Brigham Young (1940)

In 1844, after the assassination of Mormon leader Joseph Smith by an angry mob in Illinois, the Mormons choose Brigham Young as their new leader and follow him to a new promised land in Utah.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Louis Bromfield, Lamar Trotti (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyrone Power ... Jonathan Kent
Linda Darnell ... Zina Webb
Dean Jagger ... Brigham Young
Brian Donlevy ... Angus Duncan
Jane Darwell ... Eliza Kent
John Carradine ... Porter Rockwell
Mary Astor ... Mary Ann Young
Vincent Price ... Joseph Smith
Jean Rogers ... Clara Young
Ann E. Todd ... Mary Kent (as Ann Todd)
Willard Robertson ... Heber Kimball
Moroni Olsen ... Doc Richards
Marc Lawrence ... Prosecutor
Stanley Andrews ... Hyrum Smith
Frank M. Thomas ... Hubert Crum (as Frank Thomas)
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Storyline

The true story of the famous Mormon leader, Brigham Young and his battle to transport his people across the Rocky mountains to settle in Salt Lake City. The plot focuses on two of his people, Jonathan Kent and Zina Webb and the hardships they have to face along the way. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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The Great American Motion Picture !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brigham Young: Frontiersman See more »

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Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to a MovieTone newsreel, the Salt Lake City premiere of Brigham Young, a month before the New York premiere, was the largest premiere in film history. 215,000 people crowded the streets of Salt Lake City to view a massive parade, complete with floats and racing cars with the stars riding in them. Twentieth Century Fox's studio head Darryl F. Zanuck, also the producer of the film, had a part in planning the parade. The Salt Lake City Mayor named that August 23rd Brigham Young Day- the first and only. Originally, one theatre in Salt Lake City was to show the film, but the demand for seats became so high that eventually seven theatres in the city showed the film. See more »

Goofs

Eliza Kent's tomb "wheel" shows she died in 1843 on the trek west. But Joseph Smith did not die until 1844 and the saints did not leave Nauvoo until 1846. See more »

Quotes

Mary Ann Young: You're dead set against California, aren't you?
Brigham Young: You know human nature. Take a crowd of people to a place of milk and honey and in six months time, they won't be worth shooting.
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Oh! Susanna
(1848) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Foster
Included in the score often throughout the film
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DVD EXTRAS ARE OUTSTANDING!
12 July 2003 | by blue-7See all my reviews

Fox's epic telling of one a America's greatest pioneering efforts comes to DVD with some truly outstanding "Extras". BRIGHAM YOUNG (The "Frontiersman" was added for the European release), telling the story the great pioneer leader, who under inspiration brought members of the Mormon faith (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)out to the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, after mobs murdered their prophet/leader, Joseph Smith (played by Vincent Price), was brought to the screen in 1940, just as America was about to enter World War II. It was a daring move on Fox chief, Darryl F. Zanuck and it was a breath of fresh air to the Mormon people, as this was the first film attempt to favorably show their faith on the screen. Now Fox, working with James D'Arc, curator of the excellent Motion Picture Archives at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, has brought this film to the DVD format in an outstading edition. Mr. D'Arc, who some years ago did his doctoral dissertation on the film, has provided one of the most in depth commentary tracks ever done for a DVD. He seperates the fact from the fiction and lets listeners understand why this films was so much appreciated by Church Leaders even though embellishments to the truth run throughout the film. One of the fun bits of information deals with Dean Jagger, the actor who plays the title role. Many years after the film he married a Latter-saint woman and was eventually converted to the LDS faith. There is much to be learned from D'Arc's knowledge and it is great to have this as part of the DVD! There are over 100 pictures from the Fox & BYU Archives included on the disc, plus newsreel footage of the incredible premiere at seven theatres in Salt Lake City. Thanks FOX for another outstanding DVD -- and thank you, James D'Arc for your great commentary!


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