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Tennessee Johnson (1942)





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The tumultuous presidency of 17th-president Andrew Johnson is chronicled in this biopic. The story begins with Johnson's boyhood and covers his early life. During the Civil War, Johnson stays a staunch Unionist and upon Lincoln's reelection in 1864, becomes his Vice President. After Lincoln's assassination, Johnson becomes the President. ~ Iotis Erlewine, Rovi


Van Heflin
as Andrew Johnson
Lionel Barrymore
as Thad Stevens
Ruth Hussey
as Eliza McCardle
Marjorie Main
as Mrs. Fisher
Regis Toomey
as McDaniel
Montagu Love
as Chief Justice Chase
Porter Hall
as The Weasel
Charles Dingle
as Sen. Jim Waters
Grant Withers
as Mordecai Milligan
Carl Benton Reid
as Congressman Hargrove
Alec Craig
as Andrews
Morris Ankrum
as Jefferson Davis
Noah Beery Sr.
as Sheriff Cass
Noah Beery Sr.
as Sheriff Cass
Lloyd Corrigan
as Mr. Secretary
William Farnum
as Senator Huyler
Harry Worth
as John Wilkes Booth
Robert Warwick
as Maj. Crooks
Lee Phelps
as Deputy
Brandon Hurst
as Assassin
Charles Ray
as Assassin
Harlan Briggs
as Assassin
Hugh Sothern
as Assassin
Allen Pomeroy
as Assassin
Duke York
as Assassin
Roy Barcroft
as Officer on Crutches
Ed O'Neill
as Lincoln
Jim Davis
as Reporter
Frank Jaquet
as Reporter
Emmett Vogan
as Reporter
Pat O'Malley
as Reporter
William B. Davidson
as Vice President Breckenridge
Russell Hicks
as Emissary
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All Critics (2)

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

November 20, 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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