Cinema: The New Pictures, Jan. 11, 1943

Tennessee Johnson (M.G.M.) is one of Hollywood's grown-up moments. This screen biography of Andrew Johnson, 19th President of the U.S., not only is notably faithful to the facts of his life but actually illuminates a dark chapter in U.S. history. No more adult picture of Washington politics has come out of Hollywood.

Johnson is one of the most controversial and least known Presidents. Some historians and most citizens today know him only as a bullheaded, ill-tempered drunkard who narrowly escaped impeachment by a righteous Congress. But some biographers consider him a great man, ranking...

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