Lincoln Speaks for Himself (1955) uses Lincoln's own wordsto dramatize his progression from the first political speechhe gave in 1832, as a candidate for the Illinois statelegislature, to those immortal words spoken at Gettysburg tohis second inaugural in 1865. Actor Reed Hadley (PublicDefender, Racket Squad) is surprisingly good as Lincoln,helped immensely by his striking resemblance, strong voiceand acting skills. The script was drawn from the 8-volumeThe Writings of Abraham Lincoln, published in 1905. Thatbook, according to program host Danny Thomas, 'containseverything that has been preserved of Lincoln's own words,his every letter, his every speech, his every officialreport and document. And that's what this entire program isabout, Lincoln speaking for himself.' At one point late inthe film, Lincoln speaks of his faith in Christ: 'If He hasa place and work for me I believe I am ready. Douglasdoesn't care whether slavery is voted up or voted down. ButGod cares. And humanity cares. And I care. And with God'shelp I shall not fail. I am nothing, but truth iseverything. I know I am right because I know that liberty isright. For Christ teaches that, and Christ is God. I havetold them that a house divided against itself cannot stand.And Christ and reason say the same. And they will find itso.' Lincoln Speaks for Himself was produced by TheChristophers and includes comments by Father James Keller atthe conclusion.