Brigham Young (film)

Brigham Young

1940 theatrical release poster
Directed by Henry Hathaway
Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck
Written by Louis Bromfield
Screenplay by Lamar Trotti
Starring Tyrone Power
Linda Darnell
Dean Jagger
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography Arthur C. Miller
Edited by Robert Bischoff
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • September 27, 1940 (1940-09-27)
Running time
114 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2.5 million[1]

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.[2]



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."[3]

See also


  1. 'Brigham Young' Cost Reported to be $2,500,000 Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 03 Sep 1940: 8.
  2.[] Brigham Young (1940) film page at Internet Movie Database, accessed 13 November 2009
  3. Medved & Medved, The Hollywood Hall of Shame (1984), p. 205

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