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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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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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Sheriff Cass (as Noah Beery Sr.)
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Chief Justice Chase
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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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Biography | Drama

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Campeão da Liberdade  »

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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

In his speech upon returning to the Senate after his presidency, Johnson says he had last stood in the chamber (as a Senator) in 1861. In fact, Johnson had previously served in the Senate until March 4, 1862, when he resigned, prior to being appointed Miltary Governor of Tennessee. 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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VAN HEFLIN IS GREAT!
16 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

OK, so it's not that accurate a portrait of the era and the writers may have fabricated "history" but that's Hollywood. Let's not under estimate Van Heflin. The guy was one of my favorites and terribly underrated. You can see all kinds of emotion in his eyes. He was not a very energetic actor like Errol Flynn or Tyrone Power nor did he have the matinee idol looks of a Robert Taylor but the guy was cerebral. He was brilliant in "Johnny Eager" and all but stole every scene he was in in "Santa Fe Trail". He excelled at complex characters.

I wonder what kind of career he would have had if he had lived longer.

Watch this movie with an open mind and really enjoy Heflin's acting.


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