Brigham Young

Brigham Young

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Director: Henry Hathaway

Cast: Henry Hathaway, Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Dean Jagger

     
 

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Inspired by the true story of the leader of the Mormon Church, this film features Dean Jagger in the title role. The members of the Church of Latter Day Saints are subjected to religious persecution by the people of Nauvoo, Illinois, where they've settled; so under the leadership of Brigham Young, the Mormons head west, facing tremendous adversity along the way.… See more details below

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Inspired by the true story of the leader of the Mormon Church, this film features Dean Jagger in the title role. The members of the Church of Latter Day Saints are subjected to religious persecution by the people of Nauvoo, Illinois, where they've settled; so under the leadership of Brigham Young, the Mormons head west, facing tremendous adversity along the way. However, a gravely ill Young has a prophetic dream in which he sees what he believes is his people's promised land, where they will be allowed to live and worship as they see fit. Soon they discover the land Young saw in his dream -- Salt Lake City, Utah. Young and his followers settle there, but their hardship does not end soon. The first winter in Utah is cruel, and while the spring brings the promises of a bountiful planting season, soon a plague of locusts appears, threatening to devour the crops the settlers have just planted. A huge flock of seagulls arrives to save the day by consuming the insects. Tyrone Power and Linda Darnell play a pair of settlers who fall in love in the course of the journey. Brigham Young downplays the more controversial aspects of the Mormon church (particularly polygamy) in favor of portraying Young as a trail-blazing man of the land; in some markets, the film was shown as Brigham Young, Frontiersman.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
An epic film that has sweep but not quite sufficient scope, Brigham Young is a moderately entertaining historical piece fairly effectively crossed with elements of the traditional western film. Perhaps most surprisingly, Young is fairly accurate in its historical details (though certainly not in all of them), which is quite rare for a Hollywood biography. It also manages to downplay a number of the more controversial issues associated with Mormonism and its founding, which works both to its advantage (by avoiding raising issues that might prejudice viewers against its characters) and its disadvantage (by robbing the characters of an extra dimension and avoiding potential new dramatic conflicts). The film also employs a "double thread" narrative, emphasizing two different plotlines. The more interesting of these is that involving the title character, as the secondary plot, involving Tyrone Power and Linda Darnell, is a bit pedestrian and predictable. As a result, the film lacks cohesion and loses impact through much of the middle and later sections. Fortunately, it has a strong cast with Dean Jagger especially good in the title role, providing the strength and force that the film needs. Also noteworthy is Vincent Price, turning in some of his finest work in the lesser role of founder Joseph Smith. Young's flaws keep it from being a great film, but it has many fine moments.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/15/2003
UPC:
0024543080008
Original Release:
1940
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:52:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by James D'Arc, Brigham Young University; Script excerpts; Movietone newsreel: Salt Lake City Premiere; Letter from Vincent Price; Production/publicity galleries

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tyrone Power Jonathan Kent
Linda Darnell Zina Webb
Dean Jagger Brigham Young
Brian Donlevy Angus Duncan
Jane Darwell Eliza Kent
John Carradine Port Rockwell
Mary Astor Mary Ann Young
Vincent Price Joseph Smith
Jean Rogers Clara Young
Ann E. Todd Mary Kent
Willard Robertson Heber Kimball
Moroni Olsen Doc Richards
Marc Lawrence Prosecutor
Stanley Andrews Hyrum Smith
Fuzzy Knight Pete
Dick Jones Henry Kent
Selmar Jackson Caleb Kent
Frederick Burton Mr. Webb
Russell Simpson Major
Arthur Aylesworth Jim Bridger
Davison Clark Johnson
Claire Du Brey Emma Smith
Tully Marshall Judge
Dick Rich Mob Leader
Ralph Dunn Jury Foreman
Edwin Maxwell Leader
Edmund MacDonald Elder
George Melford John Taylor
Charles Halton Prosecutor
Frank LaRue Sheriff
Charles B. Middleton Actor
Philip Morris Henchman
Lee Shumway Henchman
Cecil Weston Woman
Blackie Whiteford Court Spectator
Frank M. Thomas Hubert Crum
Chief John Big Tree Big Elk
Hank Worden Actor

Technical Credits
Henry Hathaway Director
Robert Bischoff Editor
Louis Bromfield Screenwriter
William S. Darling Art Director
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Kenneth MacGowan Associate Producer
Arthur C. Miller Cinematographer
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Maurice Ransford Art Director
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Lamar Trotti Screenwriter
Gwen Wakeling Costumes/Costume Designer
E. Clayton Ward Sound/Sound Designer
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles
2. The "Wolf Hunt"
3. A Different Kind of Courage
4. Treason
5. Brigham Young
6. The Prophet
7. The Verdict
8. Smith's Last Hour
9. A New Family
10. No Compromising
11. A Warning
12. The New Prophet
13. Exodus
14. The River
15. Anywhere But Here
16. To Mexico
17. On Our Way
18. The Indians' Welcome
19. Gold in California
20. The Frog Race
21. Young's Illness
22. This Is the Place
23. Food for Winter
24. Gone for Five Months
25. A Bad Winter
26. Jonathan's Return
27. Where's God?
28. The Swarm
29. False Prophet
30. The Sea Gulls
31. Something to Live For
32. Cast of Characters

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