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Tennessee Johnson (1942)

Passed | | Biography, Drama | December 1942 (USA)
A chronicle of the life of Andrew Johnson from his first arrival in Tennessee to his time as President of the United States.

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Eliza McCardle Johnson
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Mrs. Maude Fisher
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Blackstone McDaniel
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Coke
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Senator Jim Waters
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Mr. Secretary
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A chronicle of the life of Andrew Johnson from his first arrival in Tennessee to his time as President of the United States.

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Campeão da Liberdade  »

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Trivia

Although "William Wright" is in the cast list playing the Alderman, the actor was actually Will Wright, who often used "William Wright" for his name when uncredited. See more »

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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
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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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