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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.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

John L. Balderston (screen play by), Wells Root (screen play by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Heflin ... Andrew Johnson
Lionel Barrymore ... Thaddeus Stevens
Ruth Hussey ... Eliza McCardle Johnson
Marjorie Main ... Mrs. Maude Fisher
Regis Toomey ... 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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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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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Campeão da Liberdade See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on July 5, 1943 with Ruth Hussey and Lionel Barrymore reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

The Vice-Presidential oath administered by the Chief Justice is incorrect (using the Presidential oath, adding "Vice"). In reality, the Vice-President's oath is the same generic oath taken by a Senator or Congressman. See more »

Quotes

all in this scene: [first lines]
Mrs. Maude Fisher: There, see that?
[pointing to the jail cuff clamped around Andrew Johnson's ankle]
Blackstone McDaniel: [Andrew quickly looks up from sewing his pantleg and appears startled and nervous] We didn't see nothin' stranger.
Mrs. Maude Fisher: [as the group approaches him] I seed ya sewin' though!
Mordecai Milligan: First time I ever see a man sew like that.
Andrew Johnson: I done tailorin'.
Mordecai Milligan: How much you want to sew the seat in a pair-a britches?
Andrew Johnson: I wouldn't work here.
[continues sewing his pants]
[...]
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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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VAN HEFLIN IS GREAT!
16 July 2003 | by georgigemsSee 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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