Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck
Directed by Henry Hathaway
Screenplay by LaMar Trotti
Screenplay by Louis Bromfield
Production Company: Twentieth-Century Fox
Premiere Date: August 23, 1940
Length: 114 min.
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Significant Mormon Elements
Subjects: Brigham Young; pioneers; early Utah;
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Brigham Young: Frontiersman
After the martyrdom of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young leads the distressed Saints out of Nauvoo, across the plains, and to the Salt Lake Valley. Though many Saints challenge his authority and he himself questions if he has truly been called as God's representative, his prophetic mission is validated by the miracle of the seagulls eating the crickets. One main storyline follows the Mormon scout Jonathan Kent and his Gentile sweetheart Zina.
See Mormon Film: Key Films of the Second Wave
This is one of the most momentous theatrical films ever made on Latter-day Saints, made completely independently by Twentieth-Century Fox but with close collaboration with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including Elder George Pyper serving as an on-set advisor to the film and close correspondence between producer Daryl Zanuck and Church President Heber J. Grant. After a private screening President Grant praised the film and its makers, calling it a magnificent day for the Church. Its Salt Lake City premiere included an official holiday--Brigham Young Day--and required seven theaters for the largest premiere in Hollywood history to that point. Many Latter-day Saints have since derided the film for its romantic subplot and depiction of Young as doubting his divine calling, but after decades of brutal cinematic misrepresentations the Church members of 1940 saw it as a major victory, and indeed it helped pave the way for the more positive and accurate portrayals that have appeared since.
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HBLL Call No: DVDMM 1, VCMM 45, VC 620
Medium: 35mm black and white
Cast Members: Dean Jagger - Brigham Young; Tyrone Power - Jonathan Kent; Linda Darnell - Zina Webb; 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 Todd - Mary Kent; Willard Robertson - Heber Kimball; Moroni Olsen - Willard Richards
Distributor: Twentieth-Century Fox
Total Queries: 22. Total Execution Time: 0.012 sec.
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