Tennessee Johnson (1942)

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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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  • Van Heflin and Ruth Hussey in Tennessee Johnson (1942)
  • Van Heflin and Ruth Hussey in Tennessee Johnson (1942)
  • Van Heflin in Tennessee Johnson (1942)
  • Ruth Hussey in Tennessee Johnson (1942)
  • Ruth Hussey in Tennessee Johnson (1942)
  • Van Heflin, Ruth Hussey, Marjorie Main, and Regis Toomey in Tennessee Johnson (1942)

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29 September 2002 | rmax304823
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| Lincoln's Letter to Johnson
That letter Lincoln was supposed to have sent Johnson has kind of puzzled me. After all, it is read out loud twice. It SOUNDS like Lincoln's prose style, but I'd never heard of any other reference to it. So I posted the question on a Civil War news groups. Here's one of the exchanges.

"Robert Maxwell" wrote> It's generally agreed that at the second inauguration, Andrew Johnson was skunk drunk when he took the oath and tried to make his speech. I just watched the movie, "Tennessee Johnson," and it appears that Johnson was ill during the inauguration and that Lincoln later sent him a letter saying something like, "If you took a drink more often, you would know better than to take brandy on an empty stomach because you are ill. I know you only were there because I asked you to be."

Does anyone know if this letter ever existed?

Reply. "Having worked for three years as an assistant editor with The Papers of Andrew Johnson and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Abraham Lincoln Association, which is engaged in supporting projects to edit the papers of the sixteenth president, I can safely say that no one I know has ever claimed such a letter to exist."

Anyone interested in the impeachment of Johnson might watch the first 20 minutes of Blight's lecture on the subject, on open courses from Yale. Don't be intimidated by "college" or "Yale". (I went there and it's not that demanding.) Blight gives an informative, objective, and lively presentation of the material -- interrupted briefly by somebody yelling "Let my people go," to which Blight replies, "You're free to leave...I hope that guy doesn't have a gun."

http://academic earth.org/lectures/black-reconstruction-economics-of-land-and-labor

Please eliminate the space between "academic" and "earth". It's only there because IMDb.com doesn't allow words that are too long, like floccinaucinihilipilification.

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Trivia

This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Tuesday 26 February 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Seattle 3 April 1957 on KING (Channel 5), by Norfolk VA 11 April 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), by Portland OR 4 May 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), by Chicago 24 May 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Tucson 18 June 1957 on KVOA (Channel 4) , by Philadelphia 10 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Altoona PA 7 September 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), by Minneapolis 13 November 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9) and by San Francisco 25 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); but it was not aired in New York City until 7 April 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2).


Quotes

Mrs. Maude Fisher: There, see that?
Blackstone McDaniel: We didn't see nothin' stranger.
Mrs. Maude Fisher: 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.
Andrew Johnson: I'm goin' west.


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.


Crazy Credits

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


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The Battle Cry of Freedom
(1862)
Written by
George Frederick Root
In the score during the foreword, reprised in the score for the last scene

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