Tennessee Johnson

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This biopic focuses on Andrew Johnson, the first American president to be impeached. Initially an uneducated drifter who stumbles upon a job as a tailor in a Tennessee town, Johnson (Van Heflin) is taught to read by librarian and future wife, Eliza (Ruth Hussey). Eliza convinces him to enter a local election, and, from there, Johnson rises swiftly. However, after inheriting the presidency in the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, he finds himself on unsteady political ground.

Cast & Crew

Van Heflin
Andrew Johnson
Lionel Barrymore
Thaddeus Stevens
Ruth Hussey
Eliza McCardle Johnson
Marjorie Main
Mrs. Maude Fisher
Charles Dingle
Senator Jim Waters
Regis Toomey
Blackstone McDaniel
Grant Withers
Mordecai Milligan
Lynne Carver
Martha Lincoln
Noah Beery
Sheriff Cass
Morris Ankrum
Jefferson Davis
Wells Root
Screenwriter
Herbert Stothart
Original Music
Harold Rosson
Cinematographer
Robert Kern
Film Editor
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
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Critic Reviews for Tennessee Johnson

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  • Although Johnson has been pegged as an incompetent and racist narcissist (hmm, sounds familiar), this interpretation is naturally missing from this movie.

    November 21, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Ignoring, for a moment, the fact that Tennessee Johnson basically gets the heroes and villains of this story completely flip-flopped, it's also extremely dull, representing the worst of MGM's glossy prestige drama instincts.

    November 9, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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