Brigham Young (film)
1940 theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Henry Hathaway|
|Produced by||Darryl F. Zanuck|
|Written by||Louis Bromfield|
|Screenplay by||Lamar Trotti|
|Music by||Alfred Newman|
|Cinematography||Arthur C. Miller|
|Edited by||Robert Bischoff|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
Brigham Young (also known as Brigham Young – Frontiersman) is a 1940 American biographical romantic drama film that describes Young's succession to the presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after founder Joseph Smith, Jr. was assassinated in 1844.
The story begins in frontier-town Nauvoo, Illinois in 1844. It follows the main body of the Church as they are forced to leave Illinois, choosing to settle temporarily in Nebraska and then to travel by wagon train to the Great Basin. Much of the story's plot revolves around two of the group, Jonathan Kent and Zina Webb.
- Tyrone Power as Jonathan Kent
- Linda Darnell as Zina Webb - The Outsider
- Dean Jagger as Brigham Young
- Brian Donlevy as Angus Duncan
- Jane Darwell as Eliza Kent
- John Carradine as Porter Rockwell
- Mary Astor as Mary Ann Young
- Vincent Price as Joseph Smith, Jr.
- Jean Rogers as Clara Young
- Ann E. Todd as Mary Kent
- Willard Robertson as Heber Kimball
- Moroni Olsen as Doc Richards
- Marc Lawrence as Prosecutor
- Stanley Andrews as Hyrum Smith
- Frank Thomas as Hubert Crum
Michael and Henry Medved included Brigham Young in their 1984 book describing film financial failures, The Hollywood Hall of Shame, stating "Twentieth Century-Fox tried to emphasize its star power and to downplay the religious elements (eventually re-titling it Brigham Young, Frontiersman), but the picture still failed, even in Utah."
- 'Brigham Young' Cost Reported to be $2,500,000 Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 03 Sep 1940: 8.
- http://www.imdb.com/titles/tt003228/ Brigham Young (1940) film page at Internet Movie Database, accessed 13 November 2009
- Medved & Medved, The Hollywood Hall of Shame (1984), p. 205