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Brigham Young (1940)





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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.


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
Jean Rogers
as Clara Young
Ann E. Todd
as Mary Kent
Ann Todd
as Mary Kent
Willard Robertson
as Heber Kimball
Moroni Olsen
as Doc Richards
Stanley Andrews
as Hyrum Smith
Marc Lawrence
as Prosecutor
Frank M. Thomas
as Hubert Crum
Dick Jones
as Henry Kent
Selmar Jackson
as Caleb Kent
Arthur Ayleswofth
as Jim Bridges
Claire Du Brey
as Emma Smith
Ralph Dunn
as Jury Foreman
George Melford
as John Taylor
Selmer Jackson
as Caleb Kent
Charles Halton
as Prosecutor
Frank LaRue
as Sheriff
Dick Rich
as Mob Leader
Philip Morris
as Henchman
Lee Shumway
as Henchman
Blackie Whiteford
as Court Spectator
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Dunderheaded junk about the beginnings of Mormonism.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

I heard Vincent Price was in this movie, so I wanted to see it, but (this isn't a spoiler) he dies in the beginning of the movie! I was so disappointed. Then, this movie seems to be an advertisement for the Mormon church or something, but without telling of their more radical beliefs. This movie just skims the surface, and it doesn't even do a good job of that.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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