Brigham Young (also known as Brigham Young – Frontiersman) is an American film that was released in 1940. It 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, Johnthan Kent and Zina Webb. The screenplay was written by Lamar Trotti from a story by Louis Bromfield. The movie starred Vincent Price as Smith, Dean Jagger as Young, Tyrone Power and Linda Darnell. Michael and Henry Medved included Brigham Young in their 1984 book The Hollywood Hall of Shame, stating "Twentieth Century-Fox tried to emphasize its star power and to downplay the religious elements (eventually retitling it Brigham Young, Frontiersman), but the picture still failed, even in Utah.
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