Brigham Young

Taking the favorable factual aspects of the trek of Mormons to the west, and combining them with well-concocted fictional ingredients, picture emerges as an epic filmization of early American history.

With:
Tyrone Power Linda Darnell Dean Jagger Brian Donlevy Jane Darwell John Carradine

Taking the favorable factual aspects of the trek of Mormons to the west, and combining them with well-concocted fictional ingredients, picture emerges as an epic filmization of early American history.

There’s dramatic power in the persecution of the Mormons in their settlement at Nauvoo, Illinois; the conviction and murder of Joseph Smith; and the resultant decision of Brigham Young to lead his flock across the plains to their eventual home on the shores of Salt Lake. Adversity hits the entourage at every turn, but, despite recalcitrants in the ranks, Young commands attention with a most dominating personality which is most vividly depicted.

Through it all runs a minor romance between Tyrone Power and Linda Darnell; and a more important impress of man and wife on the parts of Young (Dean Jagger) and his first and favorite spouse, Mary Ann (Mary Astor). Latter is decidedly sympathetic and carries prominent appeal as standing solidly behind the leader through adversity.

Jagger brings to the character of the Mormon leader a personable humaness and sympathy. Astor turns in one of the finest performances of her career. Power and Darnell are overshadowed by the above twain.

Brigham Young

Production: 20th Century-Fox. Director Henry Hathaway; Producer Kenneth Macgowan; Screenplay Lamar Trotti; Camera Arthur Miller; Editor Robert Bischoff; Music Alfred Newman; Art Director William Darling, Maurice Ransford

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1940. Running time: 112 MIN.

With: Tyrone Power Linda Darnell Dean Jagger Brian Donlevy Jane Darwell John Carradine

More Film

  • Sundance: HBO Buys 'Price of Everything'

    Sundance: HBO Buys 'Price of Everything'

    Taking the favorable factual aspects of the trek of Mormons to the west, and combining them with well-concocted fictional ingredients, picture emerges as an epic filmization of early American history. There’s dramatic power in the persecution of the Mormons in their settlement at Nauvoo, Illinois; the conviction and murder of Joseph Smith; and the resultant […]

  • USC Scripter Awards Finalists 2018: 'Wonder

    'Wonder Woman,' 'Lost City of Z,' 'Big Little Lies' Among USC Scripter Finalists

    Taking the favorable factual aspects of the trek of Mormons to the west, and combining them with well-concocted fictional ingredients, picture emerges as an epic filmization of early American history. There’s dramatic power in the persecution of the Mormons in their settlement at Nauvoo, Illinois; the conviction and murder of Joseph Smith; and the resultant […]

  • Blade Runner 2049

    'Blade Runner 2049,' 'Game of Thrones' Lead Visual Effects Society Nominations

    Taking the favorable factual aspects of the trek of Mormons to the west, and combining them with well-concocted fictional ingredients, picture emerges as an epic filmization of early American history. There’s dramatic power in the persecution of the Mormons in their settlement at Nauvoo, Illinois; the conviction and murder of Joseph Smith; and the resultant […]

  • Timothee Chalamet

    Timothée Chalamet Donates Salary From Woody Allen Film to Time's Up, Other Charities

    Taking the favorable factual aspects of the trek of Mormons to the west, and combining them with well-concocted fictional ingredients, picture emerges as an epic filmization of early American history. There’s dramatic power in the persecution of the Mormons in their settlement at Nauvoo, Illinois; the conviction and murder of Joseph Smith; and the resultant […]

  • Songs for Screens Powered by Mac

    Songs for Screens: Apple, Gap Music Supervisor Explains Why 2018 Will Be a Boom Year for Synch

    Taking the favorable factual aspects of the trek of Mormons to the west, and combining them with well-concocted fictional ingredients, picture emerges as an epic filmization of early American history. There’s dramatic power in the persecution of the Mormons in their settlement at Nauvoo, Illinois; the conviction and murder of Joseph Smith; and the resultant […]

  • Keira Knightley photgraphed for Variety by

    Keira Knightley on 'Colette,' Pushing for Social Change, and if She'll Ever Direct

    Taking the favorable factual aspects of the trek of Mormons to the west, and combining them with well-concocted fictional ingredients, picture emerges as an epic filmization of early American history. There’s dramatic power in the persecution of the Mormons in their settlement at Nauvoo, Illinois; the conviction and murder of Joseph Smith; and the resultant […]

  • Natasha Mulla

    MoviePass Hires Marketing Chief as It Looks to Expand (EXCLUSIVE)

    Taking the favorable factual aspects of the trek of Mormons to the west, and combining them with well-concocted fictional ingredients, picture emerges as an epic filmization of early American history. There’s dramatic power in the persecution of the Mormons in their settlement at Nauvoo, Illinois; the conviction and murder of Joseph Smith; and the resultant […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content