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Tennessee Johnson (1942)

Passed  -  Biography | Drama  -  December 1942 (USA)
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The bio of Andrew Johnson from his first arrival in Tennessee to his rise to the Presidency of the United States.

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Eliza McCardle Johnson
Marjorie Main ...
Mrs. Maude Fisher
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Blackstone McDaniel
J. Edward Bromberg ...
Coke
Grant Withers ...
Mordecai Milligan
Alec Craig ...
Sam Andrews
Charles Dingle ...
Senator Jim Waters
Carl Benton Reid ...
Congressman Hargrove
Russell Hicks ...
Lincoln's Emissary
Noah Beery ...
Sheriff Cass (as Noah Beery Sr.)
Robert Warwick ...
Major Crooks
Montagu Love ...
Chief Justice Chase
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Mr. Secretary
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The bio of Andrew Johnson from his first arrival in Tennessee to his rise to the Presidency of the United States.

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Biography | Drama

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Campeão da Liberdade  »

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Trivia

Van Heflin suffered from appendicitis during filming. The production filmed around him and his illness did not cause a delay in production. See more »

Goofs

Several scenes include the use of 48-star flags, not introduced until 1912. See more »

Quotes

Jefferson Davis: I must pronounce our solemn farewell. Under these circumstances, of course, my functions - and those of my colleagues - terminate here. We but tread in the path of our fathers when we proclaim our independence - and take the hazard, putting our trust in God, and in our own firm hearts - and strong arms - we will vindicate the right as best we may.
[looking slowly around the room]
Jefferson Davis: I see now around me some with whom I have served long; there have been points of collision. For whatever offense I ...
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The opening outline includes a disclaimer about historical facts being changed for entertainment purposes. See more »

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Red River Valley
Traditional
Music by James Kerrigen
In the score introducing 1860
Played by a marching band when Lincoln wins the 1864 election
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This movie is historical fiction.
30 January 2004 | by (East Dublin, Georgia) – See all my reviews

When I showed this movie to a Civil War specialist, he said it was almost comedic because of the many historical errors. For example, Johnson actually stayed away from the Senate Trial. In the movie, however, he gave a wonderful speech in his own defense. Also, the Senate President Pro Tempore, next in line to be President, was Benjamin Wade. In the film, however, he was James Waters. In reality, Senator Edmond Ross, who was healthy, cast the acquitting vote. In the movie, however, a dying senator named Huyler did this.

"Tennessee Johnson" canonizes Andrew Johnson and demonizes Thaddeus Stevens. I prefer a more nuanced interpretation of history, for I find good and bad in both men. Ambiguity was not the order of the day (1943), however. Instead, the film reflects the dominant historical interpretation of the day--the Dunning Thesis.

FYI, I hold a M.A. in American History.


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