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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
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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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December 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Campeão da Liberdade  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

There was a protest from some sectors that the film distorted the life of Thaddeus Stevens (who initiated the impeachment proceedings against President Andrew Johnson). Additional filming occurred in October 1942, but it is not known if it was because of these protests. One line in the script (Stevens referring to Lincoln as "the old ape") was eliminated. Still, the film treats Johnson much more favorably than it does Stevens. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Thaddeus Stevens: You're a great stickler for the Constitution, aren't you?
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Crazy Credits

The opening outline includes a disclaimer about historical facts being changed for entertainment purposes. See more »

Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
(1861)
Music by William Steffe (circa 1856)
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1961)
Played by a marching band when Lincoln wins the 1864 election
In the score at Lincoln's deathbed
Reprised in the score for the last scene
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Still-relevant Americana well told
4 August 2000 | by (Landsdowne, PA) – See all my reviews

The story of the first US president to be impeached gets the Hollywood treatment. It is superbly acted although glossed up quite a bit. Some of Johnson's flaws are exposed, but not nearly as many as are excused. Barrymore's Stevens is terrifyingly brilliant. This is an art that Hollywood used to excel at -- telling history in an interesting and mostly factual matter without the need to flaunt the director's abject cynicism.


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