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Tennessee Johnson

1942 1h 43m History Drama List
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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. Read More Read Less

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Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Although Johnson has been pegged as an incompetent and racist narcissist (hmm, sounds familiar), this interpretation is naturally missing from this movie. Rated: 2/4 Nov 21, 2020 Full Review Mattie Lucas From the Front Row 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. Rated: 2/4 Nov 9, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis 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.
Director
William Dieterle
Producer
J. Walter Ruben, Irving Asher
Screenwriter
John L. Balderston, Wells Root
Production Co
Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Genre
History, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 10, 2016
Runtime
1h 43m