GenreAdventure, Biography, History Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateSeptember 27, 1940 (1940-09-27) WriterLouis Bromfield, Lamar Trotti (screenplay) ScreenplayLouis Bromfield, Lamar Trotti CastTyrone Power (Jonathan Kent), Linda Darnell (Zina Webb - The Outsider), Dean Jagger (Brigham Young), Brian Donlevy (Angus Duncan), Jane Darwell (Eliza Kent), John Carradine (Porter Rockwell) Similar moviesReturn With Honor, They Call Me Trinity, The Bear, Heroes: Lessons from the Book of Mormon, Truth & Conviction: The Helmuth Hübener story, RV
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.
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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
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
Charles Middleton as Mob Member (uncredited)
Parts of the film were shot in Lone Pine, California, in the plains west of Parowan Gap, and in Utah Lake for the seagull scenes.
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."