Much-admired fictionalised account of the early life of future president Abraham Lincoln, directed by John Ford. Henry Fonda plays the young Lincoln, who moves from his log cabin home in Kentucky to Springfield, Illinois, to establish a law practice with his friend John Stuart (Edwin Maxwell), having long been encouraged to do so by his early, ill-fated love, Anne Rutledge (Pauline Moore). Too poor even to own a horse, Lincoln arrives in Springfield astride a mule. His first major case is a murder trial involving two brothers, Matt and Adam Clay (Richard Cromwell and Eddie Quillan), who Lincoln saves from the lynch mob after they are accused of murdering a man in a brawl at a 4th of July celebration. Lincoln's job as defending attorney is made even more difficult when both men plead guilty to spare the other. The film won an Academy Award for best screenplay.